Wilson Combat Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary with a Special Edition CQB By: Personal Defense World


I’ll be honest, I kind of wish I looked this good when I turned 45. Maybe I should have asked Wilson Combat to give me an overhaul like the one done on the CQB model for the company’s 45th anniversary. All kidding aside, of course, Wilson Combat knows how to commemorate an anniversary in striking fashion and subtle beauty.

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The Wilson Combat 45th Anniversary Special Edition CQB

A throwback to a retro style that built the foundation of Wilson Combat in the late 70s and early 80s, the 45th Anniversary CQB 1911 has subtle style. The hand-polished carbon steel frame features blue finish coupled with premium, handcrafted desert ironwood grips. The grips have a smooth finish that highlights its amazing grain. 30 LPI checkered front a rear straps also provide excellent retention while firing.

The right side of the slide features “45th Anniversary” in a classy script just forward of the ejection port. Similarly, the left side features Wilson Combat markings that harken the company’s earlier models. Additionally, the slide includes a coarsely serrated slide top and slide cocking serrations at the rear.

Wilson Combat reverts back to classic custom touches for this 45th Anniversary piece. For example, it features a retro Bullet Proof Beavertail grip safety. The Swenson-style ambidextrous thumb safety also adds another level of safe handling. Likewise, a traditional Bo-Mar style adjustable rear sight couples with a staked ramp front sight. The pairing provides a sight radius of 6.6-inches.

Chambered in either .45 ACP or 9mm, a retro Commander style hammer sends rounds downrange from an 8- or 10-round magazine. In addition, a contoured magazine well also helps with fast combat reloads.

Editor’s Note:

$4,000 is a lot of money for most people to fork over for a pistol. I’m right there with you. However, if you can afford that kind of cash for something like this, this is a piece you won’t regret. Wilson Combat really stepped up the cool factor by going retro with this anniversary 1911. But, full disclosure, I am a bit of a history geek, so I love retro things. Especially when they are done with modern engineering. Because I also like longevity and enhanced function.


The Wilson Combat 45th Anniversary Special Edition 1911 is available now with an MSRP of $4,000. For more info, please visit WilsonCombat.com.

The Wilson Combat 45th Anniversary Special Edition CQB.

Wilson Combat 45th Anniversary Special Edition Specifications

Available Calibers: .45 ACP, 9mm
Magazine Capacity: 8 rounds (.45 ACP), 10 rounds (9mm)
Barrel Length: 5 inches
Overall Length: 8.7 inches
Sight Radius: 6.6 inches
Height: 5.6 inches
Width: 1.3 inches
Weight Empty: 40.5 ounces
Weight Loaded: 47.2 ounces
Accuracy Guarantee: 1-inch at 25 yards
MSRP: $4,000

45th Anniversary Special Edition Features

  • Full-Size Carbon Steel Frame with Polished Sides of Frame and Wilson Combat Deluxe Blue Finish
  • 30 LPI Checkered Frontstrap
  • Contoured Magazine Well
  • Retro Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety
  • Retro Commander Hammer
  • Ambidextrous Thumb Safety #192
  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull with Long Length Pad (Three Hole)
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • Desert Ironwood, Beveled Bottom, Grips
  • 5” Carbon Steel Slide with Polished Sides of Slide and Wilson Combat Deluxe Blue Finish
  • Bo-Mar Style Rear Sight with Black Serrated Front Sight
  • Full-Length Guide Rod
  • 5” Stainless Match Grade Barrel and Bushing, Hand Fit
  • Rear Forward Angled Cocking Serrations
  • Course Slide Top
  • MSRP: $4,000

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