Wilson Combat Completes Massive Expansion in Pro-Gun Arkansas
Wilson Combat this week announced the ongoing expansion at its Berryville, Arkansas, facility is now fully operational.
The company, formed in 1977 by Bill Wilson, embarked on a $10 million expansion late last year that has increased the facility size from 77,200 sq. ft. to 93,200 sq. ft. on its 300-acre complex and grown its workforce from 161 to 242 employees. Renowned for their semi- and fully-custom handgun options, Wilson has expanded into rifle and shotgun production in recent years – to include the introduction of its in-house .300 HAM'R and .458 HAM'R calibers. With that in mind, the new space and equipment will allow the manufacturer to deliver 600 percent more rifles to the market.
"This additional space houses new automated machining centers, EDMs, lasers, CMMs and added barrel manufacturing equipment to increase production, enhance overall quality and substantially improve delivery times," notes Wilson Combat.
According to the most recent statistics from federal regulators, Wilson Combat produced 4,904 pistols, 3,104 rifles, and 146 shotguns in 2019.
But the company isn't resting just yet. Construction is now set to start on an additional 3,500 sq. ft. building that will house automated media blasting, tumbling, and component finishing equipment.
Besides standing behind its magazines and build quality, the company has long supported gun rights. In 2013, it adopted a policy to not supply law enforcement in states with prohibitive gun control.
“Wilson Combat will no longer provide any products or services to any State Government imposing legislation that infringes on the Second Amendment rights of its law-abiding citizens," said the company at the time. "This includes any Law Enforcement Department, Law Enforcement Officers, or any State Government Entity or Employee of such an entity. This also applies to any local municipality imposing such infringements."
Arkansas is a good fit for the company, with the state recognizing permitless carry while maintaining a robust shall-issue CCW program for reciprocity. Just since 2019, the state has warmly welcomed CZ, Sig Sauer, and Fiocchi to open or expand operations in Arkansas.