Wilson Combat is one of the most successful custom 1911 shops in the world. By my count, Wilson now offers 25 different models that are available in multiple configurations. The company’s latest offerings are based on its popular railed Protector pistols. The Protector family is offered in three different configurations: a 5-inch-barreled, full-sized Government Model; a Professional model that is a full-sized frame with a 4-inch barrel; and the Compact with a 4-inch barrel and compact frame. The 5-inch-barreled model and the Professional are offered with both steel and lightweight frames. In addition, these models are available in both .45 ACP and 9mm.
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All of the Protector models feature a fluted, tactical cone barrel, a round butt with a Wilson Bullet Proof magazine well, and Bullet Proof components. The Protector models also have a unique slide profile with carry cuts and abbreviated front cocking serrations. The high-cut frontstrap features 30-lpi checkering, and the top of the slide has been flattened with 30-lpi serrations. A single-sided thumb safety, a medium-length trigger and a Bullet Proof magazine release and slide release round out the operating controls. The bottom of the slide has received a heavy chamfer, and the slide stop has been counter sunk. The dust cover features a compact accessory rail, and G10 Starburst grip panels complete the frame.
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My test gun was the Commander-sized Protector Professional in 9mm with a steel frame. At 37.5 ounces, the Professional balanced well and proved to be a joy to shoot. Check out the video to learn more about the pistol and see how it performed, and keep your eyes peeled for a full review in an upcoming issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe, visit .