Arkansas State Police Select Wilson Combat WC-15 for Patrol Carbine

    Wilson Combat WC-15

    Arkansas-based Wilson Combat have announced that their local state police has selected their WC-15 carbine as their new patrol rifle. Wilson Combat have a series of AR platform rifles available in calibres ranging from 5.56 NATO and 300BLK to 300 HAM’R. The Arkansas State Police have selected a 5.56x45mm variant of Wilson Combat’s Protector, with a 14.7in barrel.

    Arkansas State Police will be getting an initial batch of 375 carbines fitted out with an M-LOK forend and Wilson Combat’s enhanced AR bolt carrier group as well as their Q-Comp muzzle device and Wilson Combat back up iron sights.

    Arkansas State Police were established in March 1935 with troopers initially known as rangers. Today there are over 500 state troopers in uniform.

    Wilson Combat Protector in 5.56 / 223 – left side (Wilson Combat)

    Wilson Combat Protector Specifications:

    Chambering: 5.56x45mm, 300BLK & 300 HAM’R
    Overall Length: 36.5in (fully extended)
    Barrel Length: 16.25in
    Gas System: Direct impingement, mid-length
    Overall Weight: 6 lbs 1 oz (avg.)

    If you’re looking to pick up a Protector the 5.56x45mm variant comes in at $1,999.95 (MSRP).

    Wilson Combat Protector in 5.56 / 223 – right side (Wilson Combat)

    Here’s what Wilson Combat had to say about the WC-15’s selection

    Wilson Combat is proud to announce that we have been awarded a contract to supply the Arkansas State Police with 5.56 NATO caliber WC-15 patrol carbines. The contract is for an initial delivery of 375 firearms with the future option of an additional 600 units.

    These law enforcement grade patrol carbines feature Wilson Combat forged receivers and 14.7″ Wilson Combat match-grade stainless steel barrel with Wilson Combat M-Lok handguard.

    Other Wilson Combat parts used are our enhanced bolt carrier group, Q-Comp muzzle device, and Wilson Combat back-up iron sights.

    “All of us at Wilson Combat are extremely honored to be selected by the Arkansas State Police as their duty patrol carbine of choice. We look forward to closely working with the department and supporting their important mission” – Bill Wilson, CEO of Wilson Combat.

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