Guns Back to the Future at Wilson Combat Tamara Keel May 2, 2019 Join the Conversation It wasn’t that many years ago that this seemed so easy to figure out… People who wanted inexpensive, reliable 9mm pistols with double-digit magazine capacities went with Glocks. People who wanted classic steel handguns of the “MUH TWO WORLD WARS” variety and a caliber that started with a four, went with a 1911-pattern of some sort. Lastly, people who wanted a personalized pistol… well, they usually went with a 1911-pattern, too, if only because that’s where all the custom aftermarket parts support was. Wilson Combat was one of the early members in that once-exclusive tribe of aftermarket providers. In the years since then, they’ve gone from a source of custom parts and tuning work on customer pistols, to a manufacturer of high-end off-the-rack 1911s, to a company that has designed and produced their own vision of an ideal carry pistol, the EXC X9. These days, when it’s not uncommon for aficionados to wind up with a couple grand in custom work on a Glock, the EDC X9 is marketed as an alternative to having yet another CNC-milled, gold TiNi barreled, heavily stippled Instagram-ready blaster. Debuting at the NRAAM this year is a stablemate to the original 4-inch EDC X9. The new gun is a 5-inch variant, perhaps obviously dubbed the EDC X9L. In addition to being a full inch longer, with the concomitant bumps in muzzle velocity and sight radius, the barrel of the new gun has a conventional 1911-style barrel bushing up front, in a departure from the bull barrel on the 4-inch gun. However, it still features a single locking lug at the rear for smooth operation and more reliability when dry or dirty. The gun also features a detachable magwell that will allow use with longer 18-round magazines when attached, or the conventional 15-round flush-fit mags when removed. Notice: We Found Ammo In Stock: (Check our Current Deals page for more ammo deals - including bulk ammo) 9mm 150gr FMJ 50ct $26.99 Optics Planet9mm 115gr JHP 50ct $54.99 Palmetto State Armory 5.56 62gr LAP 20ct $15.99 Palmetto State Armory.223 REM 75gr HPBT 200ct $194.95 Creedmoor SportsGet 5% off all Creedmoor brand ammo with code CREEDMOOR5 Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! Wilson is also getting deeply committed to the slide-mounted MRDS trend, seeing optics as the wave of the future. To this end, they’ve been working on an adapter plate system for optics on their pistols that minimizes the biggest disadvantage of adapter plates. Namely, it mounts low enough to achieve a co-witness (or at least very nearly so) with most MRDS sights. One other interesting item on view in the Wilson booth was a true gunsmith fit barrel for Glocks. The barrel is slightly oversized in not just the barrel hood area, but also the bottom lug and muzzle, allowing it to be fit to an individual slide at all points of contact. The demo barrel in a 26 was indeed immune to being budged when the gun was in battery. Accuracy was claimed to be down to an inch or less at 25 yards. Visit https://www.wilsoncombat.com/ Explore RECOILweb:Magpul: Pouches and Buttstocks and Upgrades, Oh MyBarnes Bullets Adds 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 260 Remington to Precision Match LineDOOM: Building the BFGFactory Suppressor from Ruger: The Silent-SR Budget AR-15s In Stock: PSA PA-15 5.56 $699.99 Palmetto State Armory PSA 7.5" Pistol Length 300AAC $769 Palmetto State Armory Sig Tread M400 5.56 $799 Rainier Arms F-1 FDR-15 5.56 $819 Rainier Arms Bulk Handgun Ammo in Stock 9mm Magtech 115gr FMJ 1000ct $689 True Shot 40 S&W FMJ 1000ct $549 Rainier Arms Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!