Wilson combat lightens up with new 1911 in three calibers

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The Ultralight Carry Compact has an aluminum frame. (Photo: Wilson Combat)

Wilson Combat has just released an eye-catching, lighter-weight 1911 in three calibers.

The Arkansas gun maker unveiled the Ultralight Carry Compact, an aluminum-frame version of its compact pistol line. It also has an aluminum mainspring housing. At 26.5 ounces unloaded, it’s 14 percent lighter than a steel model.

The pistol is available in .45 ACP, .38 Super, and 9mm. It has seven-round capacity in .45. Its overall length is 7.5 inches.

In appearance, the pistol was made to be admired, not concealed. A bronze-colored frame contrasts with black grips, slide, trigger, and other hardware.

Though the frame, except for the barrel, is full size, comfortable carry features are machined into the design. Wilson Combat’s round butt frame, trademarked Bullet Proof beavertail grip safety and hammer, a contoured magazine well, countersunk slide stop, and the company’s customary carry cuts are included.

It may be compact, but should have plenty of grip traction with G10 starburst grips, 30 LPI slide top serrations, 40 LPI rear slide serrations, and a 30 LPI high-cut checkered frontstrap.

Trigger pull is a crisp 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. The trigger has a medium length pad.

The barrel is stainless, match grade cone with a flush cut and reverse crown. Barrel and chamber are both fluted.

Wilson Combat guarantees accuracy of 1.5-inch groups at 25 yards.

Current price on the Ultralight Carry Compact is $3,650. The company reminds shoppers that market conditions can cause fluctuations up or down from the published price.