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This is the story of Bill Wilson and his passion for life in the gun culture, and of his world famous company Wilson Combat.

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This is the story of Bill Wilson and his passion for life in the gun culture, and of his world famous company Wilson Combat. Bill is, what many people refer to as, a “self made man”. 

Starting out from humble beginnings in the small town of Berryville, in northwest Arkansas, he has taken his passion for firearms and shooting and turned it into a successful competition shooting career and business. Beginning with a keen interest in guns, Bill has been eating and sleeping gun stuff since the 1960s. He is one of the rare breed called “GUN GUYS” and this is his personal journey and that of Wilson Combat, the premier custom gun company in America. 

Also included are educational chapters, from Bill, with useful information on firearm selection, improving shooting skills, firearm maintenance and handloading ammunition. Additionally, photo chapters showcasing pistols built by the early pioneers of custom 1911s and unique deluxe pistols created by Wilson Combat are included. This unique book is a combination of educational material as well as Bill’s personal biography and the history of Wilson Combat.

  • 6" x 9" hardcover, 4 color with dust jacket
  • 386 pages
  • 390 photos 

Chapter list:

  1. The Early Years ... Page 1
  2. The Drive to Excel in Competition Shooting ... Page 12
  3. Watchmaker or Gunsmith?... Page 35
  4. Couldn’t Have Done It Without Them... Page 54
  5. The Need for Parts ... Page 64
  6. The Complete Wilson Combat Pisto l... Page 80
  7. Life Beyond the 1911 ... Page 95
  8. Wilson Combat Today (2016) ... Page 121
  9. The Second Generation - Ryan Takes the Helm ... Page 145
  10. Blessed with a Wonderful Family ... Page 154
  11. IDPA - Putting the ‘P’ Back in ‘Practical’ ... Page 173
  12. Bill’s Favorite Guns ... Page 197
  13. A Passion for Hunting ... Page 226
  14. Still Shooting After All These Years ... Page 252
  15. Finally A Texan ... Page 261
  16. Firearm Maintenance Bill’s Way ... Page 272
  17. Handloader, not Re-loader ... Page 289
  18. Bill’s Favorite Handgun Training Drills ... Page 296
  19. Bill’s Buds ... Page 314
  20. Guns of the Past Masters ... Page  338
  21. Wilson Combat Unique and Deluxe Pistols ... Page 358
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Manufacturer Wilson Combat
Gear and Gifts Type Books
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