A few months ago the Wilson Combat website announced “their new State of the Art Polymer 1911” and launched a naming contest for said pistol. Contestants were allowed to submit one name suggestion per person, the lucky winner would recieve one of these new babies to add to their collection. This week Wilson Combat announced the name of their new pistol, the Wilson Combat Spec-Ops 9.
I don’t know how I feel about the name, but wow, this is a BEAUTIFUL handgun. I’ve always considered 1911’s to be by far the best looking handguns. The Star Burst Profile grips look awesome too. It reminds me of the rising sun Japanese flag. Not to mention it’s a Wilson, anything that company puts out is art. Those guys over there practically shit out gold.
Wilson Combat targed the concealed carry permit holders with this gun. By theory, this would be an ideal concealed carry weapon. It is short and compact, lightweight polymer frame. Not to mention the slim profile of a 1911 is perfect for concealed carry. It’s not fat like a Glock so it doesn’t get tight on the jeans. The 16+1 rounds of 9mm is hard to argue with too. But it does have a few quandaries.
It is a little heavy. Unloaded the Spec-Ops 9 weighs in at 29.6oz. Sure its not as heavy as a brick, but keep in mind this is polmyer framed. A full aluminumn Kimber Pro Carry II (unloaded) is 28oz. And the two are just about the same size. It does defeat the purpose of the whole lightweight polymer. The Glock 19 is 29.98 oz. loaded, and a mere 20.99 oz. Weight of a concealed carry gun is very important to me. You have to remember, you’re wearing this all day, only adding weight to what you’re already carrying.
All in all, it’s still a very nice piece. However $1995 is a pretty high price for a plastic gun. But at Wilson Combat, you get what you pay for. Going plastic definitly a smart move by Wilson though. Polymer is the new wave, and it’s quickly replacing it’s metal predecessors. Hopefully this gun does well, then we’ll be able to see more calibers in the future.
It’s great to see all these companies release new .22lr chambered rifles and pistol in the recent few years. I see potential in the future of the firearm world with this new trend. I feel like it’ll open new doors to the public. The price of .22lr alone will help make the gun hobby more affordable. The caliber is easy and fun to shoot for anyone without discriminating age or sex. Hopefully this new trend will create a new wave of shooters that can clear the cloud of misunderstanding fogging down the firearm world.
So I watched Teminator: Salvation last night, and it has a very pleasant surprise in store for any gun nut. In a few background scenes you can see Barnes (Common) wielding the brand new Bushmaster ACR/Magpul Masada. I won’t lie, it was exciting to see the ACR/Masada on the big screen. Probably the second best part of the movie. The first being the HK416 of course. I can’t believe they didn’t show the ACR/Masada in any of the promo posters or trailers!
Heckler & Koch’s HK416 makes its debut on the big screen this weekend in Terminator Salvation. John Conner’s (Christian Bale) HK416 is rocking a 14.5” barrel (guessing from pictures), YHM iron sights, and wearing a Surefire Milennium Universal Weaponlight and C-More TAC. I’m not really feeling the the C-More optics system on there on there. In an enviroment like the inevitable man vs. machine war, it’d take only a small bump or fall for the C-More to become No-More. An EoTech would have been more appropriate. I don’t really know how I feel about the YHM iron sights too, some Troy Tritium sights would’ve looked alot better. Really don’t know what the military advisor for the movie was thinking. If you’re going to put a weapon system as awesome as the HK416, at least dress her well! Its like throwing plastic hubcaps on a Benz! Despite my personal quibs, the HK416 still looks like a beast. Hopefully we’ll see more of this German Beauty in the future.
This is not a review, but more of a revelation I discovered on my 92FS/M9 today. Whenever I do press checks on the 92FS, I ignore the cocking serrations in the front, and push the slide back from the front end. Yeah I know, the designers put the cocking serrations there for a reason. I don’t know if I’m a pansy or what, but I’ve alwasy felt like the safety/decocker is a little to sharp for my tastes. I never understood why, until today.
I was organizing my gear and found a brand new pair of Blackhawk! Aviator Fire Resistant Flight Ops Gloves w/ Nomex. Was bored, so I put them on to check out the dexterity on the bad boys. Grabbed the 92FS, pulled back the slide from the rear to do a press check for safety. Wait! What is this? No safety digging into my palm?? Then it hit me out of no where, duh! For those that don’t know, the Beretta 92FS/M9 was designed for the US military to replace the M1911 circa 1980s. Gloves are often worn by troops to protect their hands. Hence an aggressive safety to help the operator easily engage or disengage.
I’m still going to safety inspect the chamber the same way I always have. It’s always sunny in SoCal, so my hands are never cold. And I never shoot until my barrel gets hot enough to require gloves. But my mind is finally at peace now that I discovered point of the design behind the 92FS/M9 safety.