Wilson Combat and California: New AR Rifles to Conform to the Legal Realities of the Golden State

Wilson Combat

Wilson Combat is respected by many shooters for making top quality firearms. From 1911 pistols to professional shotguns and high speed rifles, the company offers shooting solutions for a broad range of people with deep pockets.

California shooters, however, may have been unsure if the company would continue to serve them due to the spiderweb of laws placed on the manufacture, sale and ownership of weapons in The Golden State. It is tough, I would imagine, for a company to balance the legal research and engineering designs of making a California specific gun with the potential sales to a rather large market of shooters.

While the company offers “compliant” 1911 pistols, the current set of regulations have hampered Wilson Combat (and many other rifle companies) from selling AR-style guns to California customers. Now, however, the company has decided to use the Option Zero stock on its AR rifles to ensure they can continue to serve residents of California.

The Option Zero stock is a fixed stock made by Survivor Systems that eliminates the pistol grip that California’s elected representatives decided was unacceptable for its citizens to use. It has the general shape and angle of a pistol grip, but has a “wing” of polymer that prevents the thumb from wrapping around the back of the grip.

While the stock is fixed, it does allow you to use spacers to properly fit the gun to your body for the correct length of pull. The stock has a magazine storage well and a QD socket for attaching a sling.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • datimes

    What happens when CA changes their new law to newer law that makes these expensive firearms non-compliant?

    • Malthrak

      Then some new workaround comes up and people either use that or register their guns as AWB’s (which is how stuff gets banned there). It’s a fruitless cycle that will continue forever XD

    • Gee

      Limited production gun that might be worth some good money in the future. Possibly a museum piece.

    • Dirt-Torpedo

      There are a ton of better/cheaper solutions than the ugly AF example pictured above. The Calgun website hosts a massive gallery of DIY as well as retail available gear.

  • Gregory

    Eventually, Kalifornia will ban all firearms. It is only a matter of time.

    • John Ruhl

      Maybe it and their moonbats can fall into the Pacific soon.

      • Gun Fu Guru

        In 1978, my kindergarten teacher said that would happen in the ’80s.
        I’m still praying for it.

        • Dirt-Torpedo

          As a California gun owner it warms the cockles of my heart to see the support of the firearms community towards those of us dealing with this. That’s sarcasm BTW.

          Anyway, to the point. My solution was to replace the grip with a 1911 style. All you need to do is cut out an amoeba-shaped panel (either aluminum or kydex works well), that runs from the grip to the stock. Drill a couple of hole and mount it between grip panel and grip. You can add a thumb shelf on the opposite side by adding a wood screw and washer. All of these mods are easily reversible.

          • Joby

            Are you sure it’s the cockles of your heart and not somewhere in the sub-cockle area?

          • Joby

            Are you sure it’s the cockles of your heart and not somewhere in the sub-cockle area?

          • Joby

            Are you sure it’s the cockles of your heart and not somewhere in the sub-cockle area?

          • Joby

            Are you sure it’s the cockles of your heart and not somewhere in the sub-cockle area?

  • Veteran for Trump

    Eventually they will ban all semi auto rifles and only bolt action will be permitted.

    • Joe

      Bolt actions are all sniper rifles and are known to the State of California to cause cancer. Coming soon in 2025.

      • Edeco

        Short throws, straight-pulls and Enfields can still be very fast. It should have to be 120-degree throw to open the bolt, cock-on-opening, and 0.950″x28+” barrels to prevent assault-use.

    • 22winmag

      That wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Bolt action rifles have been the mainstay of successful insurgencies from the 19th century right up to present day.

    • Ark

      For real, though, that’s the end game. They’re just ratcheting up towards it. California has this insane fear of all things black rifles and will not stop until they’re all featureless straight pulls.

      And I’m gonna be over here with my K31 like 😀

    • Peter Nissen

      Well – welcome to Australia. And only 10 round mag – pls. :-/

  • Vitor Roma

    I respect their profit margins.

  • Richard Allen

    I don’t understand why a company would go to the effort and cost (which gets passed along to consumers in the rest of the country.). Yeah, it is a big market but Wilson and other manufacturers, as far as I know, don’t try to sell firearms in China.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      California is only second to Texas in the US when it comes to the number of privately owned firearms and the number of firearms owners.

      More importantly, due to the success of California’s economy, California gun owners are typically still buying firearms when the entire rest of the US is in a buying slump.

      Anyone who ignores the sheer size and power of California’s market just hates money.

      • Flounder

        There are a lot of guns in CA… And a lot of money. probably tens to hundreds of millions just waiting to be spent on guns.

        But that I feel like is an overstatement based on CA being the most populous state in the union. As of the most recent census.

        But you are right. It is stupid to not cater to CA gun owners. It is a pain. But there is a stupid amount of money there. And profit margin. Since people will pay at or above MSRP to just get something. Back home, M&P’s were being sold at exactly the MSRP which is 600ish. Where I live now… They are 350-450 almost always. Now, I don’t know how much the manufacturer is taking home. But the gunstore isn’t taking the whole difference right? Not in such a protected and controlled market.

  • Michael Powers

    How do you grip that?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Well….that is super ugly.

  • d s

    Be careful,I was charged with shooting a dog in my yard in the butt with a red rider But they changed the charge to discharging a firearm in city limits. I don’t live in the city but I didn’t fight it and paid the $750.

    • Suppressed


  • Jeff Heeszel

    About as cool and putting training wheels on a Harley

  • Marcus D.

    I bought a fin grip (Strike Industries, $10) and a roll pin ($.40) to fix the stock. A thread protector (until I can find a less obnoxious muzzle brake) ($15) and I am California compliant. I still had a regular mag release from when I built this rifle, so that was a no cost change from a Bullet Button. Plus no registration fee ($19) or registration. I can NOT say that I am a fan of the fin grip–it feels rather unnatural. So I may pop for a Thordsen Gen II ($125) which has a full grip but is still legal since the web of the hand is higher than the top of the trigger. Its new Gen II is much nicer looking that its original version.

    But I do agree with other posters. Eventually the California Legislature, having found out that its attempts to ban the Evil black Rifle have failed, that few “assault weapons” will have been registered because owners will elect to modify their rifles rather than render them nontransferable and severely restricted “assault weapons” subject to registration, and that the DOJ will have futilely spent millions on a whole new computer system to register “assault weapons” that few will utilize, it will have a conniption. And, notwithstanding the fact that US v. Miller says that arms useful for military service fall within the scope of the Second Amendment, the Legislature will attempt to ban all semiauto rifles.