Wilson Combat Produces Centennial 1911 Pistol
December 21, 2010
Wilson Combat is producing a limited-edition 1911 pistol for the 100th anniversary the company says John Moses Browning would be proud to call his own.
The company announced the 1911: The New Wilson Combat Contemporary Classic pistol on its blog, saying it has built "a modern version of what Browning might have originally envisioned."
Wilson Combat used Browning-era materials such as forged and billet-machined carbon steels, walnut for grips and hand-finished bone charcoal blue from Doug Turnbull.
Custom features include fine checkering on the grip, a gold bead insert front blade, and a beavertail grip safety. It arrives with a presentation case.
Browning's original features carried over by Wilson include an integral lanyard loop attachment for field use and flat mainspring housing and long, steel trigger. Wilson added carry cuts to the front of the slide in deference to Browning's other design, the GP-35 (Hi-Power). The initials "JMB" and unique serial number are added to every gun.
The pistol will retail for $3,995.
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johnlaw @ 12/22/2010 2:03 PM
John Browning would never have condoned the flat mainspring. His weapon had an arched mainspring for a reason, that being to put the weapon deeper in the web. Not everyone likes the flat mainspring housing myself being one. All five of my 1911s have have been changed to the arched mainspring, from the Kimber to to the Remington and everything else in between.
The Smith is a beautiful weapon but the price is obscene.
YardDog @ 9/30/2011 3:46 PM
Actually John Browning's original design *DID* have a flat mainspring housing. It wasn't until post-WW1 that the Army itself ordered changes to the M1911, including an arched mainspring housing. This was not for reasons of "putting the weapon deeper in the web" or "correct point of angle" etc as some have always alleged it to be, but rather the Army was concerned about controlling recoil/muzzle climb during one-handed shooting (as was the norm in those days). All issued M1911 pistols thereafter had the arched mainspring housing.
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