June 14, 2010 – Day 1

The Quality Inn in Harrison, AR has biscuits and gravy for breakfast. Not as good as what Dad makes but about the same quality as the Internet directions we followed to get to Wilson Combat. We were 15 minutes late.

Wilson Combat is not “downtown”. It’s out in the sticks on an old farm with a main building where part orders and administrative functions are handled and where ammunition is loaded. They have a separate building where the guns are finished, another building where they are assembled and yet another that is a semi-indoor test range. We shot a variety of 1911s including the Sentinel which is one I was most interested in seeing.

I expect you’ll see a print article from me soon on the Sentinel and Ms. Sentinel pistols. The revised, hi-capacity Spec-Ops 9mm is nice too. But, I have even more interesting news. It’s not often a gunwriter actually gets to “break” real news. The gun publishing world is slow; sometimes I write articles and its six months before they see print.

I mentioned Wilson Combat loads ammunition. They have to in order to feed the beast – the testing and firing of all the guns they manufacture. We were introduced to a new Wilson Combat commercial product: loaded ammunition. It will be available in most defensive handgun cartridges and a few rifle cartridges. Today we fired 9mm, .38 Super and .45 ACP Samples. That’s right, a defensive load for the .38 Super! Match grade ammo will also be available. While we did not shoot from the bench, accuracy and reliability seemed superb.

Wilson Combat ammunition will only be available directly from Wilson Combat or through MidwayUSA. Every lot in each chambering will be chronographed and the resulting velocity will be listed right on the box. The bullets used will be from Barnes, Hornady, Speer and other established manufacturers. They will even be offering loads custom tailored to short barreled handguns to address the different functioning dynamics of lighter slides. You should be able to find more information on the Wilson Combat website soon.

At a time when good factory ammo can be as hard to come by as a margarita at McDonalds, another source for good gun food is great news.

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Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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