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First Look: Wilson Combat SFX9 5-Inch Model

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Wilson Combat has just announced a new 5-inch barrel model of the SFX9, providing greater velocity and accuracy for those who prefer full-size 1911s.

Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat is one of the names most responsible for keeping the 1911 a seriously viable fighting weapon in the 21st century. While there’s plenty to love about old G.I. .45s, for a self-defense option in 2022 they can leave much to be desired. As believers in the genius of John Browning’s original design, Wilson Combat felt that the pistol could be made to be just as reliable as anything else using modern manufacturing methods and technology. Those who own them seem to believe Wilson Combat accomplished its mission, with the company now offering several custom 1911 models that are lauded for their reliability and overall quality. The SFX9 series from Wilson Combat was an effort to continue to modernize the platform, giving them solid aluminum frames, double-stack magazines and chambering them for 9mm. Intended for concealed carry, the SFX9 was previously only available with 3.25- or 4-inch barrels, but Wilson Combat has just announced a new full-size model of the SFX9.

The full-size SFX9 will feature a 5-inch barrel, providing greater velocity and better potential accuracy due to its longer sight radius. It ships with the same 15-round flush-fit magazines as the other SFX9 pistols, but extended 18-round mags are available as well. Most of the other features are comparable to those of existing SFX9 models. The MSRP for the new 5-inch SFX9 is $2,995, and it will be a solid option for anyone interested in the SFX9 series’ features but prefer full-size 1911s.

The full press release from Wilson Combat can be read below:

[ Berryville, Arkansas, March 1, 2022 — ]

For those who prefer a full-size traditional 1911 sight radius and the velocity of a longer barrel, we are now offering the 5” SFX9. This version has a 5” bushing barrel top-end mated with our new SF (Solid Frame) lightweight full-size aluminum grip frame design with a 15 round flush or 18 rd extended magazine capacity. The SFX9 frame is machined from solid T6-7075 aluminum that is rugged, comfortable, and sports an enhanced grip shape that enhances recoil control during rapid-fire and extended range sessions.

More rugged than competing guns made with two-piece grip/frame construction, the slim and flat SFX9 solid frame with the Wilson Combat X-Tac tread pattern improves control with a non-abrasive, comfortable grip in all shooting conditions. The SFX9 is available for order with various trigger, finish and sight options, including machining for red dot sights.

The robust 15 or 18rd EDC X9 magazine is retained for the SFX9 and offers best in class reliability with a tube and follower system that was designed specifically around the 9mm cartridge by Mec-Gar, the industry leaders in double column magazine design.

The SFX9 slide assembly retains Wilson Combat’s “Enhanced Reliability System” (ERS) for 9mm 1911’s. The ERS is tailored to the varying power levels of 9mm ammunition and maintains impressive reliability in all conditions, even when heavily fouled and low on lubrication.

Other cosmetic and performance features include a tri-top slide profile with user-replaceable front sight, match-grade 1911 barrel and bushing, reliability enhancing reduced frame rails, and a rugged, user-serviceable external extractor. The stainless steel slide wears the most advanced black DLC (Diamond-like-Carbon) physical vapor deposition finish available with chromium and tungsten underlayers for long-lasting corrosion and abrasion resistance.

The hand-fitted 5” barrel is painstakingly tuned by our gunsmiths for flawless reliability with a wide variety of target and defensive ammunition. Like the other EDC X9 models, the SFX9 can be field stripped without tools and can be completely disassembled using only a single punch. Rugged, light, and easy to shoot-the 5” SFX9 by Wilson Combat will redefine your range experience.

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