Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Review: Worth the Money? By:



Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
This rifle just locks solidly into your shoulder and becomes an extension of your body. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)

Wilson Combat teamed up with Bravo Company Manufacturing to produce a signature Starburst version of the Mod 0 pistol grip. Additionally, they worked with Rogers to get the incredibly stable Super-Stoc. When you grip this rifle and lock it into your shoulder, it becomes an extension of yourself. It’s that solid.

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There’s plenty of MLOK on the 15-inch handguard for mounting lights, lasers, foregrips, or adding the supplied QD mount for your sling.

Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
There’s even some easy-access storage in the grip. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)
?Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
Though the charging handles is a pretty standard affair. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)

Surprisingly, Wilson Combat chose to stick with a mil-spec charging handle. No big latch, ambi unit here. Additionally, no ambi safety selector is included. Both of these may be where Wilson Combat chose to save on cost compared to some of their other models.

Shooting & Accuracy

Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
How a gun is fitted together and its tolerances matter when doing drills, and the Protector lives up to my expectations for a Wilson Combat rifle. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)

I ran the rifle through a number of drills and was pleasantly rewarded with decent times and accuracy. Right out of the gate, I ran a Bill Drill. That’s six rounds from low ready as fast as possible. Some may say it’s incredibly fitting to run that drill with this rifle. Although it’s unconfirmed, Bill Wilson, Wilson Combat’s creator, is rumored to be the drill’s originator.

I added in some 2-2-4-2-2 transition practice to see how well the full 16-inch rifle handled the transitions across multiple targets in comparison to my personal 11.5-inch Bravo Company rifle. I was delighted by the gun’s ability to track well without feeling like it was overly front heavy.

Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
Between the muzzle brake and the gas system, this gun helps you stay on target with flat-shooting characteristics. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)
Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
The internal two-stage trigger also makes it easy to drop the hammer when you want for accurate shooting. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)

I wrapped up my movement testing with some reload drills. Sometimes, in the heat of trying to get the mag out, you find that a manufacturer’s tolerances may be tighter or looser than other guns and cause the mag to not drop freely. No issues were presented across three different magazine types, which is what I expected from a Wilson Combat rifle.

After getting a solid feel for the gun, I threw it onto my tripod to check the 50-yard and 100-yard accuracy. I had the rifle set up with a Trijicon MRO on a Reptilia Corp 1.93-inch mount. Again, as expected, I had no problems making hits. As the distance increased, the groups opened up to about 4 MOA, which I expect would have been tighter if I used an optic with some magnification.

Final Thoughts