New Pistol from Wilson Combat: Carry Comp Professional

Carry Comp Pro

Wilson Combat recently announced the latest addition to its line of high end 1911 style pistols: the Carry Comp Professional.

This handgun traces its origins back to the company’s Accu-Comp of the 1980’s. Widely used in competitions at that time, the Accu-Comp was said to minimize recoil and muzzle flip while still offering excellent accuracy and reliability.

From the Accu-Comp, Wilson Combat developed the Carry Comp. The Carry Comp was a pistol designed to be carried for self defense that used the same recoil reducing compensation that the competition gun benefitted from.

The new Carry Comp Professional continues the evolution of the technology. According to the company, the new handgun has a 4″ match grade barrel with a 0.5″ muzzle extension. The extension has a “meticulously engineered” compensation port. This port is the reason that felt recoil and flip are reduced.

Carry Comp Pro

Wilson Combat is offering the Carry Comp Professional in three calibers: .45 ACP, .38 Super and 9mm. As with many of the company’s other 1911 style guns, this pistol has a number of features that Wilson Combat frequently uses:

  • Bullet Proof beavertail grip safety
  • Bullet Proof magazine release
  • Bullet Proof thumb safety
  • 30 LPI front strap checkering
  • G10 grip panels with starburst pattern and pewter medallions
  • Battlesight rear sight and fiber optic front sight

The guns are not inexpensive, but neither are they cheap. The suggested retail price starts at $3,200 for the .45 model. The other two versions start at $3,310.

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  • Bill

    “The guns are not inexpensive, but neither are they cheap.”

    That made my brain hurt.

    I recently spent a day on a warrant detail with a guy carrying a Wilson. No one complains about the price when you are covering down on a wanted heroin dealer.

    • QuadGMoto

      “Inexpensive” relates to cost.

      “Cheap” relates to quality.

      I’ve encountered a LOT of items that were inexpensive and cheap, AKA “junk.”

      I’ve encountered items that were expensive and cheap, AKA “expensive junk.”

      I’ve encountered items that were expensive and high-quality, which is what the writer apparently means here.

      I’ve encountered items that were inexpensive and high-quality, the rarest of finds.

      • It’s​ the double negative, “not inexpensive”. For the love of all that is holy, just say “expensive”. No one goes to TFB for the pristine and eloquent diction, no need to fake it!

  • Rule10b5

    I’ve owned a couple of comped guns. I couldn’t shoot any of them without glasses, and was able to light paper held within a few inches of the ports on fire. I don’t see how slightly reduced recoil, with those downsides, makes any sense at all for a carry gun. Especially a 1911, which isn’t exactly a lightweight or recoil beast to begin with.

    • Zach Robinson

      Without photos of the top of the gun, it’s hard to be sure, but I don’t believe the comp is actually ported. I’ve seen several Wilson 1911s that have what is essentially a weight affixed to the end of the barrel that is to help keep the muzzle flip minimal. And for the naysayers that say this gun is expensive, you’re right, it is. You don’t have to buy it. Just because you can’t afford it doesn’t mean that others can’t. I’ve worked for a Wilson and Nighthawk dealer for several years now and having had the chance to handle, shoot, and service these guns over the years they are worth every penny. If you ever get the chance to shoot a stock Springfield, Colt, Dan Wesson, etc against a Wilson or a Nighthawk you’ll absolutely be able to tell the difference.

    • valorius

      Ive owned several ported guns, never needed glasses with any of them.

  • Gregory

    Wilson Combat just released another’s pistol and it is called “too damn expensive for normal people to afford”. It comes in all calibers, sizes and finishes.

    • Fffgll

      Exactly! Completely unaffordable! If I wanted to look at unobtainium vanity objects, I’d get a subscription to Robb Report. Lol (just kidding I’d read it at the newsstand, can’t afford subscription either)

    • Mystick

      Yeah… 1911’s are ridiculously priced lately. I think I have seen only one or two that was “reasonable” in the $300-800 range.

  • paulm53

    I’m guessing there must be a market for a $3000 gun. It doesn’t do anything my Glock or Smitty can’t do. Snob appeal maybe? For that money I could throw a great party that will impress more people than the gun.

    • Anonymoose

      Buy 5 of the new Gen4 G19Cs for the same price…

  • Gus Butts

    They could have reduced the grip length a little bit if it is a carry model. I don’t understand reducing the barrel and slide length but not the length of the grip at the same time, considering your grip is what’s going to stick out of your holster. I also agree that a compensator that will shoot flames upwards for a carry gun isn’t all that great.

    • valorius

      It’s a handy retention tool. “Oh, you want to grab the end of my gun? Watch this….”

      • CrazyJoe

        Usually the bullet coming out of that end is a good enough deterrent.

        • valorius

          Not if they’re off to the side of the muzzle, like you’re trained to be.

  • Cymond

    “New” Pistol from Wilson Combat: Yet Another 1911

    • Steve

      Took the words right out of my mouth. Some day, someone in the U.S. will actually innovate and push the technological ball forward by designing something younger than my late grandfather.

  • Swarf

    New for the year 1911, maybe.

  • valorius


  • Raptor Fred

    No picture of the “meticulously engineered” compensation port. That’s to keep the geometry away from the Chinese Airsoft Engineering Mafia.

  • Unfortunately, they’ve forgotten one of the lessons learned in competition. It is easier to track the front sight if the sight is mounted on the comp.

  • DropGun25

    $3,200? I’m getting railed in all the wrong ways. Mostly because it doesn’t possess a rail..

  • USMC03Vet

    Wilson combat is an oxymoron.

  • Mystick

    “Let’s take an overpriced already-too-big carry pistol and make it longer.”