The 1911 magazine war is officially over: Wilson Combat has announced it has acquired competing 1911 mag manufacturer Chip McCormick Custom/Shooting Star Industries.
Chip McCormick Custom/Shooting Star Industries will now be known as CMC/Shooting Star Industries, with its headquarters remaining at its current location in Spicewood, Texas. An additional Shooting Star facility will also be built in northeast Texas.
“The CMC/Shooting Star line is a very important group of products within the 1911 industry and has a great history of innovation and success. Wilson Combat is committed to ensuring the broad availability and future development of more quality and innovative products under the Shooting Star banner for years to come,” Wilson Combat founder Bill Wilson said in the presser.
Chip McCormick said his decision to sell to Wilson Combat was spurred on as a result of his desire to retire and “simplify” his life.
“Bill Wilson and I have been good friends, shooting competition competitors and friendly business competitors since the early 1980s. When I made the decision that I wanted to simplify my life and retire there was no one that I felt more comfortable selling the company to than Bill Wilson and Wilson Combat. With Ryan Wilson now running the daily operations of Wilson Combat and his son’s Josh and Hunter being interested in firearms, I’m confident Chip McCormick Custom will be in good hands well into the future,” McCormick said.
According to the press release, there won’t be any interruption of service from CMC/Shooting Star during the transition of ownership. All orders for magazines, in addition to customer service inquiries, will be fielded by the company at its current location.