Wilson Combat‘s history in the firearms industry stretches back nearly half a century. From his background as a trained watchmaker, company founder Bill Wilson made the jump into guns in 1974 with a retail store, then shifted to manufacturing three years later. From the late 1970s to today, the brand’s principal domain has been in high-end 1911 handguns. However, that isn’t all they do. They have also dabbled in other handgun models as well as some shotgun work, and particularly in recent years, they’ve concentrated ever more heavily in AR offerings. TFB has reported on Wilson’s various products quite a bit over the years, and a sampling of those past articles is listed for you below.
Wilson Combat @ TFB:
- Wilson Combat Expanding by 16,000 Square Feet Citing Surge in Demand
- New Wilson Combat Multi-Caliber Polymer AR-15 Magazine
- TFB Review: Wilson Combat HD/+P 1911 Magazines
- New WCP320 CARRY Pistol by Wilson Combat and SIG Sauer
- Wilson Combat EDC X9S 9mm Subcompact Pistol
- NEW American Combat Pistol (ACP) Series by Wilson Combat
With the expansion of the company’s catalogue of offerings, and the ever-growing firearms market as a whole, has come increased demand for Wilson’s products. They’ve grown significantly over the years, and last year they began work on a brand-new 16,000 square foot building at their Berryville, Arkansas campus. This facility brings the total manufacturing and distribution footprint to just shy of 100,000 square feet, and facilitated the hiring of an additional 81 employees. The gunmaker has produced a video to give customers an inside look at these operations, which you can find above, along with the accompanying text for their June 9th announcement copied for you below. Also appearing in the video is renowned firearms instructor Ken Hackathorn, who has long been a Wilson fan and an accomplished 1911 shooter. Hackathorn has collaborated with Wilson on his own special-edition Wilson 1911s, available in .45 ACP, 9mm, and 38 Super.
Major Expansion For 2021
Wilson Combat is pleased to announce a major facility expansion for 2021 to meet the current and future needs of our valued customers.
This 10 million dollar 16,000 square foot expansion south of Berryville, Arkansas has increased our facility size from 77,200 sq ft to 93,200 sq ft and our team members from 161 to 242. This additional space houses new automated machining centers, EDMs, lasers, CMMs and added barrel manufacturing equipment to increase production, enhance overall quality and substantially improve delivery times.
Construction is starting on an additional 3500 sq ft building that will house automated media blasting, tumbling and component finishing equipment. Once completed our 300+ acre campus will have 96,700 sq ft under roof to better serve our valued customers.
Images courtesy of Wilson Combat.
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