Wilson Combat has been producing top-tier pistols and rifles for quite some time. In fact, Combat Handguns’ Scott Smith has wanted a Tactical Elite 1911 for almost 20 years. He finally got his hands on one and brought it to the range for an exclusive CH rundown.

As Smith writes, “What makes the Tactical Elite such a special 1911? In my humble opinion, it is the barrel. Wilson uses a heavy flanged-cone barrel, which is essentially a compensated barrel with the compensator cut off. This leaves approximately a 0.19-inch steel wafer where the barrel bushing would normally be found. This solid piece of steel, with the taper of the barrel, adds weight to the front of the pistol, reducing recoil and allowing for faster follow-up shots. With its extra weight and barrel length, the Tactical Elite produces better downrange accuracy.”
Other features include G10 Starburst grips, Wilson Combat’s Bullet Proof controls and a durable Armor-Tuff finish that will handle any harsh abuse a shooter might dole out. So how did it fare on the range? To learn more, check out the November 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally August 6, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe

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