Wilson Combat SBR Tactical

The Wilson Combat SBR Tactical boasts the same high standards of the 1911s they are know for.

Wilson’s Tactical Rail Interface Modular (TRIM) forend is designed to be light, slim, strong and adaptable. It is machined from 6005A-T5 aircraft-grade aluminum and is completely void of rail teeth. The unit can be installed in five minutes with common tools and serviced using only a hex wrench. The TRIM forend can be installed with short lengths of Picatinny rail panels in user-specified locations. Wilson has threaded each accessory mounting hole, which eliminates the need for a backing plate. Integral QD sling swivel points are located on both sides of the forend. I have tested the TRIM on several rifles, and it has become one of my favorite rail systems.

SBR Tactical
I recently received a Wilson SBR Tactical carbine chambered in 7.62×40 WT, a cartridge designed by Bill Wilson to provide a .30-caliber hunting round with match-grade accuracy. The cartridge is based on a Lake City 5.56x45mm NATO case that has been shortened and then opened up to accept a .30-caliber bullet. The result is a round that exceeds the 7.62x39mm load in both accuracy and terminal ballistics. The 7.62×40 WT has proved effective on a number of different game animals, including several hundred pigs that Bill has harvested from his Texas ranch. In order to accommodate the 7.62×40 WT, Wilson uses a modified Lancer L5 magazine (the size of the round reduces the magazine capacity by two).

The SBR Tactical features a U.S.-made, 416R stainless steel, 11.3-inch barrel with a 1-in-12-inch twist rate. All Wilson barrels feature a hand-polished bore, chamber and feed ramp. The carbine-length gas system ensures reliability, while the precisely crowned muzzle optimizes the accuracy potential of every barrel. Wilson’s Rapid Thread muzzle brake was installed for use with their proprietary Whisper suppressor. For customers who prefer a non-NFA rifle, also available are 16-, 18- and 20-inch barrels in 7.62×40 WT, 5.56mm NATO, 6.8 SPC and 300 Blackout.

We also received one of Wilson’s .30-caliber Whisper suppressors. (“Whisper” is a trademark of and used under license by J.D. Jones.) The Whisper is the culmination of extensive research and evaluation, and much of the testing was completed by Bill at the expense of many hogs. The Whisper suppressor is machined from a titanium billet and features a monocore baffle design. This allows for a very light suppressor that dissipates heat effectively. The Whisper is 6.31 inches long and 1.87 inches in diameter and weighs 17.8 ounces. The outer diameter of the suppressor matches the dimension of the TRIM rail and, when used with the Rapid Thread suppressor mount, only adds 4.5 inches to the rifle’s overall length.

Wilson is the exclusive manufacturer of the 7.62×40 WT cartridge. They currently offer loads in 115- and 125-grain weights, using a variety of bullets. I received a sample of the 125-grain Speer TNT load. The advertised velocity for this load in a 16-inch rifle is 2,400 fps. Out of our 11.3-inch SBR Tactical, the TNT load
averaged 2,331 fps with an extreme spread of 56 fps.

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