Wilson Combat updates the Protector

    Wilson Combat has just updated their Protector line of 1911s with a number of new features. Larry Vickers took a good look at the handgun and has a segment talking with one of the designers and eventually firing it. They came in either 9mm ($3985) or .45 ACP ($3875) and in three different models, Full Size, Professional (4 inch barrel) offered in either a steel or light weight aluminium frames and Compact only offered in aluminium frames.

    A look at some of the specifications shows the detail put into the guns-

    • Integral Light Rail steel or lightweight frame
    • 5″ Stainless Match Grade Cone Barrel, Flush Cut and Crowned
    • 5″ Carbon Steel Slide
    • 30 LPI High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
    • Bullet Proof® Round Butt Magazine Well
    • High-Ride Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety
    • Tactical Bullet Proof® Thumb Safety
    • 3 ½# – 3 ¾# Crisp Trigger Pull with Medium Length Pad
    • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
    • G10 Starburst Grips with Black Medallions
    • Countersunk Slide Stop
    • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
    • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
    • Fluted Chamber
    • Fluted Barrel
    • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
    • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
    • Front Cocking Serrations and Carry Cuts

    The Bull barrel is very noticeable from this angle. In the video with Larry Vickers, the lock up on the return motion of the slide seemed to be very flawless and tight. 

    This is Wilson Combat’s description-

    The 2015 Protector® is based on our steel or lightweight, light-rail frame in Full-size, Professional or Compact trim and was designed from the ground up as a next generation all-around, carry 1911 pistol with modern styling and performance enhancements.

    Built on our rugged steel or lightweight aluminum light-rail capable frames, the 2015 Protector® will help you own the night in every possible fighting scenario with the legendary reliability, accuracy and detailing that a Wilson Combat custom pistol is known for.  You can tailor the specifications and caliber of your chosen 2015 Protector® to the tactical task at hand. Whether you are carrying concealed or for duty use-the choice is yours, the size and performance options of the 2015 Protector® can be modified to meet your needs.

    Every 2015 Protector® has all the features selected for our rendition of the ultimate modern tactical handgun including a fluted tactical cone barrel, round butt, one-piece Bullet Proof ® magwell and a unique slide profile that wears both our signature carry cuts and abbreviated front cocking serrations-a unique styling feature of this model.


    From left to right: Compact, Professional, and Full Size. The Compact and Professional differ in the magazines they came with, grip height, and choice of frame material. Other than that, all handguns share the same features. 

    The company also had this to say about California legal and IDPA-

    Current California Protector® model will still exist as a separate model and will not change. All current orders for Legacy Protector® models will be filled as ordered with previous Protector® specs unless specified otherwise.

    2015 Protector®model not legal in CA.
    Full size model not IDPA legal




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