Wilson Combat is a custom pistol manufacturer located in Berryville, Arkansas, that specializes in customizing and manufacturing M1911A1s. First started under the name “Wilson’s Gun Shop” in 1977, Bill Wilson started his new gunsmith business in the back of the family jewelry store, “Wilson’s Jewelry” on the corner of Berryville’s public square. In 2000 the company bought “Scattergun Technologies” and markets combat shotguns under the name Wilson Combat Scattergun Technologies.
Some of the first firearms Wilson modified for customers were the Colt 1911-A1, Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver and Ruger Single Action Revolvers. Models like the PPC .38 Special and the .44 Magnum Hunter made Wilson’s reputation for producing quality firearms. Wilson originally customized pistols with aftermarket parts from gunsmiths such as Armand Swensen and by 1983 began making his own parts. By 1996, Wilson was building his own M1911 pistols completely in-house. Wilson’s handguns have a quality guarantee of 1 in (25 mm) groups at 25 yd (23 m).