Bill Wilson Carry II Pistol / Another New Pistol From Wilson Combat

Bill Wilson Carry II

Ever wonder what the owner or CEO of a gun company carries for self-defense? Bill Wilson is the creative force behind Wilson Combat, and the company is now offering a clone of the custom gun he developed for his own use. According to the company, the new Bill Wilson Carry II pistol is an exact copy of the gun that he carries on a regular basis – both in the office and out on the ranch. (This is the original Bill Wilson Carry pistol.)

This gun has a 4″ match grade barrel made of stainless steel. As with many of the company’s other 1911-style pistols, this gun’s barrel has a flush cut, reverse crown. It uses a compact X-Tac grip frame with the Armor Tuff finish in your choice of four colors: black, gray, green and flat dark earth.The aluminum frame has an accessory rail up front, and the magazine well is contoured. Unloaded, the gun is a hair over 29.6 ounces in weight.

Bill Wilson Carry II

The Bill Wilson Carry II pistol is available in .45 ACP and 9mm, though the company is keeping mum on which caliber Bill Wilson chooses to carry for self-defense. The green frame is currently the only model listed as a 9mm gun on the company’s website. The other three calibers are .45 only. It appears that there is no custom work being done on these guns before or after the sale.

Pricing for the .45 ACP models is $3,850. Shooters who prefer light and fast will pay a slight premium for the 9mm model: $3,960.

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  • EdgyTrumpet

    The fact that the chequering on the grips doesn’t match the angle on the front strap really bothers me.

    • Osramicus

      I’m more bothered by the $4k price tag… But I’ve never had the chance to shoot a Bill Wilson pistol.

      • Vermin__Supreme

        Bill Wilson? I thought his name was Wilson Combat.

  • nate

    another beautiful handgun that I will never be able to own, unless I won the lottery

    • DwnRange

      Ya know I thought the same way about Wilson Combat pistols, but then last hunting season, while checking my local pawn shop for a used Leupold scope my friend behind the counter there happens to pull a brand new “unfired” Wilson Combat Beretta 92g Brigadier in an Elephant case out from under the counter (with the custom trigger and magwell options, along with a fancy mag loader and a Surefire X01 light “in” the case). I take a look and knowing what the WC 92g sells for; mention that it’s probably more than I can afford when he says he’s fixing to place it out for sell for $1000 cash OTD, no tax – he said he was holding it in-case someone like myself strolled in. I pealed off the cash immediately and get home to find new ones going for more than 2K on GB, just the pistol – no fancy case or extras and without the WC custom trigger and mag-well options (due to the Beretta factory move to Tennessee). Ya never know – it dang sure was worth the price I paid and it sometime pays to play nice with your LGS folks.

      I bought a Les Baer “Ultimate” Sniper 308 AR10 the same way in a Houston Pawn shop parking lot years ago, guy had it “new” in the LB bag, all the paperwork and bill of sale with a set of un-mounted Troy BUIS and they offered him $1400 for it which pissed him off (it was a 4K rifle, when figuring in the tax). I caught him before he got it back in his truck and bought for 2K on the spot. The rifle is a dream to shoot – all I did was add a Leupold MK4 tactical scope and it’s super accurate – NEVER say “never”……….

  • A.WChuck

    “Another new pistol”? More like “yet another variation” of an old pistol. Likely a joy to shoot, however.

  • Rick O’Shay

    They seem to have a new gun every week.

  • Bucho4Prez

    a $4k carry gun is like a Bentley garbage truck.

    • demophilus

      Ferrari golf cart. Faberge butt plug.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    That is straight up pornography.

  • I understand and I felt the same way when I got my Wilson. I got over it though it’s just too nice not to use/carry daily.

  • Spencerhut

    Why do manufacturers keep calling barrels “Match Grade”? Like someone is going to take a 4″ 1911 to a Bullseye competition. How about you just say it’s a high quality X, Y, or Z barrel. How about telling us is will shoot “X” group at “X” yards with “X” ammo from a Ransom Rest in the literature and just stamp the damn barrel .45APC? Match Grade . . . I have some Match Grade Glock barrels that were actually used in a match. Geezezezez

  • Madcap_Magician

    There should be a rule against being able to use the words “new pistol” in conjunction with releasing any variant of the Model 1911.

    • Madcap_Magician

      … especially when there are no new features on the gun that were not already featured on other variants the manufacturer was already producing.

  • Seth Hill

    I’d be more worried about what happens to it after it is “confiscated” by police for evidence after a self defense shooting.

  • Malthrak

    The gun looks beautifully made…but as a serious CC self defense gun, for $4k and based on a design that’s over a hundred years old and well out of date, I can’t help but think you could get gun that will perform more reliably over time for 10% of the price, and that wont require custom parts and gunsmithing for maintenance or modification.

    It’s cool, but its a toy. Toys are fine, but lets just be real about what they are.

    • John

      What they will be is confiscated if they’re used in actual self-defense. Then it’ll end up in some cop’s collection.

      Putting $4K into something which will end up in a police evidence room if used for its intended purpose is a bit silly IMHO. It would be the same thing as choosing to use your transferable M16 for home defense and then end up surprised when it’s confiscated – and you’re left wondering if it’ll ever be returned to you.

      I could buy 8 Glocks for that price.

      • Malthrak

        Haha good point on the evidence confiscation. That stings a lot less with a $450 glock XD

        • John


          And the opposing lawyers will try their best to say that you were “gunning for my client because you bought such a well-honed killing machine”.

  • Del P.

    His YouTube video says he is sporting the 9mm Beretta when he is out and about.

  • Trotro

    It’s very pretty, but I’d rather have a Springfield or Colt and keep the extra $3,000 cash.

  • Michael Valera

    Almost every (if not every one) WC pistol is available to order in 9mm.

  • Malthrak

    Woah that was a great big wall of text.

    Yes we still use stuff based on old designs but those specific original designs can be outdated. The fundamental concept of the operating mechanism of the 1911 is fine, but the specific expression of that design as the 1911 is outdated.

    Newer designs are far more reliable, require less expertise from the user and require less routine maintenance and replacement of parts, have more efficient designs and use less expensive and lighter materials, and have larger magazine capacities.

    It’s the difference between a 1989 Honda Civic and a 2017 Honda Civic…why would you bother with a fancy looking 1989 model instead of a new model that will be more fuel efficient, have more features you want, have more commonly available and cheap parts, and that costs 1/10th as much? Other than subjective “cool factor”, there isnt one.

    There’s a reason the 1911 is extinct in military service. Its heavier, less reliable, has lower capacity, and is more expensive than alternatives. Doesnt mean it cant still be functional or fun, but it does mean that its not an optimal solution.

    • And yet, I still personally have 5 different COTS 1911s and 2011s that have 50k+ rounds through them and, aside from the same occasional mag issue you might have with any gun, and occasional bad ammo, never had a problem.

      The idea that the 1911 is unreliable is a myth. The 1911 is reliable *when left alone and not heavily modified*. Every case of 1911s being unreliable are ones that are modified beyond spec, without due diligence to correct potential problems with tight tolerances. Same thing happens with the Glock: the glock is perfectly reliable until you modify the snot out of it and suddenly make it different than it was designed.

      You don’t like the 1911, fine. But don’t sit there and talk like the 1911 is this crappy gun, and shit-talk it every chance you get, when you KNOW, if you’ve been shooting for any length of time, the issues are not unique to the platform and aren’t in many cases self-induced.

  • In my 1911s, I have replaced the springs once, at 50,000 rounds. I’ve never cleaned them save for running a snake through the bore and lubing them. And i’ve fed them every single type of ammo, including reloads, that exists on this planet for the purposes of testing those loads. They have not had a single issue or failure.

    This includes .45 ACP, .45 ACP +P, .45 Super, and .460 Rowland.

    And, there is not a single case I can think of where a modern factory 1911 manufacturer has said you cannot use +P ammo, save for recommendations that if you are using hotter ammo more frequently, you use a stiffer spring. Given that most 1911s manufactured in the last 20 years run heavier springs than the original spec, however, even this is unnecessary.

    Generally speaking, you’re still making statements based on incorrect data and thus implying the 1911 is somehow inferior because of it. There are plenty of reasons why a 1911 is not a good choice for combat, to include limited capacity, weight, grip size, Cost to manufacture, difficulty to service due to parts variability and manufacturer spec variation, etc.

    However, citing reliability as your main reasoning based on erroneous and easily provable data is not a good place to start, because with a little googling, you can find an equal number of stories of the storied Glocks being rebuilt to a spec that’s tighter than/different from the original blueprint and having all sorts of issues. And don’t get me started on the M9’s issues, because i’m pretty sure I can dig up a fairly large number of case studies where the M9 had its own share of mechanical problems.

    • Malthrak

      I’m citing every armorers schedule, testing report, owners manual, anecdotal source I’ve ever come across and my own personal experience with them.

      If you’re running 50k rounds through a 1911 with no malfunctions using all types of ammo and only a single spring replacement with no other maintenance besides simple cleaning, you’ve stumbled upon voodoo that every military and law enforcement agency to ever use a 1911, over much longer than the average human lifespan, seems to have missed. Plain and simple.

      Again, not saying a 1911 is an unreliable gun, or that it cant defend your life, but rather that you can get guns that have proven *more* reliable, in multiple military tests over many decades, with greater ammunition capacity and at a far lower price point.