Wilson Combat’s 40th Anniversary CQB Elite 1911

Wilson Combat 40th

Wilson Combat announced a 40th Anniversary edition pistol to celebrate the company’s many decades of gun making.

The new 40th Anniversary CQB Elite is a 1911 style pistol that appears to be a true presentation grade piece. It has many of the classic features of a top Wilson Combat pistol, but with some nice details to make it stand out.

On this gun, Wilson Combat uses desert ironwood burl grip panels that have sterling silver medallions in the center of each. These medallions are the Wilson Combat logo.

Wilson Combat 40th

On the right side of the slide, the company added its name in script. On the left side of the slide is “40th Anniversary” and “1977 – 2017.” Both sides of the slide have the company’s anniversary logo behind the rear cocking serrations.

Wilson Combat assigned special serial numbers to this special run of guns. The numbers run from WC40-001 through WC40-400.

These are all steel guns with a 5″ match grade barrel made of stainless steel. The barrel has a flush cut reverse crown and black flutes. The carbon steel frame has a round butt magazine well and the slide stop is countersunk.

Wilson Combat 40th

These guns are available in three different chamberings: 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP. The classic .45 has a retail price of $3,900. The smaller caliber guns are a bit more expensive at $4,010.

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  • Major Tom

    I’m half surprised that they didn’t make it cost 40 G’s “to celebrate 40 years”.

    • Martin M

      4k is pretty close. That’s a 100 bucks a year.

    • Kurt Ingalls

      LMAO!!!!! 🙂

  • Mr. Nobody

    That’s one godawful font choice there Wilson.

  • Cal S.

    >Clicks on article just to see outlandish MSRP
    >Was not disappointed

    • Eric H

      I saw “Wilson Combat” and “Anniversary” and immediately knew it wouldn’t be under $3500.

      • Alex Karulin

        Also “1911”

    • Haulin’ Oats

      Being from Arkansas, I would expect to find this in my local Wal-Mart sometime soon. (their headquarters is nearby).

  • RocketScientist

    All that and they don’t offer it in .40 S&W? Missed opportunity, that.

    • Zach Robinson

      lol wut? I doubt many people are tying up Wilson’s phones to order 40 S&W guns. Granted you could have been saying that sarcastically, and if that’s the case: yeah they should have made it in 460 Rowland as well; these will never sell.

      • Marc

        40th anniversary Zach…..

    • iksnilol

      With 40 round clipazines!”

    • Craig Cornejo

      not sure but i think they dont do the 40 because most dont reload the 40 like the others like 45 9mm etc..40 has a extra step in it..something to do with the brass and alot of wilsons customers are reloaders..when you purchase a wilson they give you the 5 shot target and the reload data that they used on the weapon that you purchased…just a guess

  • Cuvie

    Slide ball cut doesn’t sit flush with the dust cover 0/10 would not bang

    But seriously, even as a boutique firearm, this looks pretty unremarkable for a $4k gun

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Theyve also just announced the new CQB Super Combat Master Platinum Double Super America Edition to commemorate the five minute anniversary of the last pistol they put out.

  • Peacefull1

    Hello, Thanks for the good work TFB. Your email is one of a few i actually read. Have a good day.

  • Sean

    I assumed it would $10k or more. So Wilson wasn’t extremely greedy. Just greedy

  • RAE Industries

    Yes this one will drop in price

  • Davis

    Man if I had the money I would love to see that gun sitting in its box buried in the back of my closet.

  • Craig Cornejo

    not everyone likes shooting rock island and hi points..

    • iksnilol

      A ruger 1911 is probably better than any Wilson.

      • Craig Cornejo

        shoot both and you will see..ruger is a good weapon but the wilson is the better of the two..

        • iksnilol

          Meh, Ruger doesn’t have mall ninja front serrations and has nice walnut grips with a stainless finish. Just like a 1911 is supposed to look like.

          I trust Ruger over some fancy boys who’re more keen to use a jewellers file than a .45.

        • Dan

          I have shot both. The Wilson has nothing that would make me spend the cost of a nice rifle to own one. I do enjoy the excuses people come up with to justify the ridiculous cost though, whatever helps you sleep at night.

  • Kurt Ingalls

    Meh….just another over priced 1911……that has “sucker” written ALL over it……. 🙂

  • Glenfilthie

    Well, it certainly won’t appeal to the children of Walmart … but that might be a fine BBQ gun for a gentleman of my stature…