Over thirty years ago, a young man named Bill Wilson started working on guns in the back of his father’s jewelry store. In 1977, the fledgling gunsmith opened the doors to his own shop. That was the beginning of what is now Wilson Combat, located in Berryville, AR. Since that time, the business has grown from a one-man gunsmith shop to a corporation that employs 60 people and builds a wide variety of pistols, rifles, and shotguns. They are best known for their extensive line of 1911’s that now includes thirteen different models. While they have standard catalog models, such as their popular CQB model, the shop is not too big or too busy to build to a customer’s specifications. That is why their options list is comprised of over ninety preferences. It you can think of a reasonable option, Wilson’s shop can do it! Add to this a full line of Wilson Combat shotguns and AR15/M4 rifles, and you have a one-stop-shop for your needs.
Their latest addition to an already complete line of pistols, is the Spec-Ops 9. Designed specifically for the concealed carry market, the Spec-Ops 9 blends new materials and proven designs into a very unique pistol. The Spec-Ops 9 can be best described as a modern version of the venerable Browning Hi-Power. While the frame is a modern polymer design, the slim slide, with the leading edges beveled, is very reminiscent of John Browning’s elegant 9mm. The Spec-Ops 9 weighs in at 29 ounces, compared to 32 ounces for a Hi-Power and 39 ounces for a 1911 Government Model. While the Spec-Ops 9 frame is slightly thicker than the Glock 17 or Springfield XD, the slide is more streamlined. The pistol fits well in the hand and all controls are in the traditional 1911 location. Magazine capacity of the Spec-Ops 9 is 16 rounds, which is typical of modern 9mm service pistols.
The Spec-Ops 9 is based on a traditional 1911 design. As one would expect, all external edges have been radiused to include the cocking serrations on the rear of the slide. The front of the slide is relieved and beveled while the top of the slide has been flattened and serrated. This is a nice custom touch, but it has real world applications.