Quality has a feel. It has a certain luster. It has a sound. Rack the slide on Wilson Combat’s Super Sentinel (or any of its high-end handguns for that matter) and you can feel the glass-smooth action and hear the confident clicks of the hammer locking back. If you’ve racked a few slides in your day, you’ll instantly recognize that Wilson Combat’s high-end pistols are truly extraordinary, even if you can’t quite describe the subtle feel.

Of the many 1911-style guns in Wilson Combat’s lineup, the Super Sentinel carves a niche first by offering a truly compact design with a rather unique cartridge, the .38 Super. So far as function, operations and manual of arms go, the Super Sentinel is a 1911 pistol like you’re already familiar with, albeit with exquisite fit and finish and high-end features. The defining point of this Sentinel, celebrated right in its name, is the .38 Super chambering. With eight rounds in the magazine and a ninth in the chamber, it provides great capacity for a single-stack compact 1911, and each of those rounds can be had in variants more powerful than the 9mm.

For fast sight acquisition, Wilson Combat dresses the Super Sentinel with a high-visibility green fiber-optic front sight that works very well with the no-snag rear Battlesight. For comfort while carrying concealed, the frame’s butt is gently rounded and the mag well is contoured for fast reloads. To help you keep a firm grip during rapid fire with full-power defensive loads, even with sweaty palms or if shooting in the rain, the aluminum frame features 30-lines-per-inch checkering on the frontstrap, more checkering on the rear and attractive G10 Starburst grips.

For shooters seeking a more general caliber—like the traditional .45 ACP you expect in a 1911-pattern pistol—here are a few other Wilson Combat compacts for everyday carry.

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Wilson Combat Protector Compact

A compact 1911 pistol that retains 7+1 capacity (8+1 in 9mm), the Protector Compact is carefully crafted to meet the true tactical needs of professionals and discerning civilians alike. The round-butt frame features a one-piece Bullet Proof magazine well, while the grip wears G10 Starburst grips with a subdued Wilson Combat logo. The dust cover is milled to feature a light or laser accessory rail ahead of the traditionally rounded triggerguard. To ensure accuracy, the 4-inch, match-grade cone barrel is hand-fit to the slide, and features a fluted chamber. The front fiber-optic sight is easy to acquire in low light, and the rear Battlesight is snag-free for a fast, reliable draw.

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Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry Pistol

The black Armor-Tuff finish and black G10 Starburst grips immediately set the Bill Wilson Carry Pistol apart from the rest of the Wilson line—while the fit, finish and the accuracy guarantee of 1.5-inch groups at 25 yards set it apart in the marketplace. With the ergonomics and controls of a full-sized 1911, this model is a more compact version for those seeking an everyday carry pistol that cuts no corners—even the grips and checkering are designed for real-world use under adverse conditions.

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Wilson Combat Tactical Carry Compact

Newer among Wilson Combat’s well-established models, the Tactical Carry Compact has been designed to fit match-grade accuracy and Wilson Combat’s famous attention to quality and detail into a more compact package designed for everyday carry and extreme use alike. The steel frame wears a round-butt, one-piece Bullet Proof mag well to help you guide magazines in under duress, along with a Bullet Proof beavertail grip safety, frame safety and skeletonized hammer. The G10 Starburst grips are held on by Torx screws, and the grips wear the Wilson Combat logo. The match-grade cone barrel features a flush-cut reverse crown to protect the lands and grooves, protecting your accuracy, and that 4-inch barrel is hand-fit into each pistol. The sights are the popular front fiber-optic/rear Battlesight combination, with enough sight radius to promote extreme accuracy.

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Wilson Combat Ultralight Carry Compact

Meanwhile, the Ultralight Carry Compact utilizes an aluminum frame and mainspring housing to save weight as a carry pistol, with 14-percent weight savings compared to a comparable steel model. Featuring the standard 3.5- to 4.5-pound trigger found throughout Wilson Combat’s defensive handguns, it also has a countersunk slide stop, Bullet Proof thumb safety as well as a Bullet Proof beavertail and grip safety. These are streamlined, snag-free components that recommend it highly for its intended purpose: riding undercover, then coming out in a flash to present tremendous firepower. The additional chamberings, including .38 Super, extend its utility well beyond many 1911 models—and the flush-cut, reverse-crown barrel with the fluted chamber means those rounds will be guided with true match-grade accuracy. From the size, to the weight, to the firepower and the reliability that comes from hand-fit parts and Wilson Combat’s close attention to detail, the Ultralight Carry Compact is built for daily defense in the real world.

For more information, visit http://www.wilsoncombat.com or call 800-955-4856.

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