Hackathorn Special

Ken Hackathorn has been one of the most influential experts in the field of practical pistol shooting since the mid 1970’s. His practical knowledge of firearms and training is unsurpassed and so is his well known love for the timeless 1911 pistol.

When asked to develop his dream Wilson Combat custom 1911 pistol Ken drew upon decades of practical experience and his vast collection of custom handguns to develop the “Hackathorn Special”. This model is geared towards the needs of the serious defensive shooter and has “Everything you need and nothing you don't". The “Hackathorn Special” is destined to be a Wilson Combat classic handgun selection.

From the 5”, full size construction to Ken’s preferred sights and options, The Hackathorn Special is a unique combination of our time tested best features like full size slide and frame, one piece Bullet Proof® magwell, concealment hammer/grip safety and the versatile medium length trigger which is suited for shooters of all hand sizes. Each pistol will have Ken’s signature and logo on the slide.

Since this pistol is well appointed with Ken's preferred custom options the only allowable upgrades are ambidextrous safety, choice of front sight and deluxe hand polish blued finish. (Ivory grips and hex screws are for photo purposes only and are not a standard feature.)

"In life there are few prized possessions, my Wilson Combat Hackathorn Special 1911 is one of my favorites." -Ken Hackathorn

About Ken Hackathorn

Ken Hackathorn is a living legend in the field of tactical pistolcraft. He has been an active competitor, shooter and trainer since the early 1970’s when he has was one of the earliest instructors at Jeff Cooper’s American Pistol Institute. He has since become a leader in the field of defensive firearms training for individuals, law enforcement and military units across the globe.

Ken has served as a US Army Special Forces Small Arms Instructor, Gunsite Head Instructor and NRA Police Firearms Instructor. He is currently an FBI Certified Firearms Instructor, Certified Deputy Sheriff and a SRT member and Special Response Team trainer. Ken has trained the highest levels of US Military Special Operations forces, Marine special units and has been a contract small arms trainer to FBI SWAT and HRT. He has been a firearms and tactical training advisor to special agencies all over the world.

Ken has written firearms related material for Guns & Ammo, Combat Handguns, Soldier Of Fortune, American Handgunner and contributed to multiple other firearms journals as well as numerous firearms related television programs and multiple training videos. As a founding member of both IPSC and the IDPA Ken has been actively involved in fostering the development of practical handgun shooting sports worldwide for almost 40 years.

  • Full-Size Carbon Steel Frame
  • 30 LPI High Cut Checkered Frontstrap
  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety and Hammer
  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide
  • Fluted Chamber
  • Countersunk Slide Stop
  • Flush Cut and Reverse Crown
  • Medium Trigger
  • Ball Endmill Cuts
  • Black G10 Starburst Flat Bottom Grips
  • Bullet Proof® Tactical Thumb Safety
  • 3 ¾# - 4# Crisp Trigger Pull
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Well
  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release
  • 5" Carbon Steel Slide
  • Battlesight with Fiber Optic Front Sight
  • 5" Stainless Match Grade Barrel & Bushing, Hand Fit
  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations
  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide
  • Custom Leathergoods

    We keep several styles of custom leather inside and outside the waistband holsters, belts and mag pouches in stock.

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