First Look: Wilson Combat Hackathorn Special Commander 1911

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posted on August 12, 2017
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Wilson Combat teamed up with well-known firearms trainer and consultant Ken Hackathorn to develop the new Hackathorn Special Commander 1911. Hackathorn based his vision of the gun on his years of experience in defensive shooting and his collection of custom firearms.

The Wilson Combat Hackathorn Special Commander is based on an earlier collaboration between Hackathorn and the company. The original Hackathorn Special was a full-size 1911 geared toward defensive use, while this Commander-size version is built for concealed carry.

The Hackathorn Special Commander is constructed with a 4.25-inch barrel on a full-size Government frame, which features a Wilson Combat Bullet Proof magwell that facilitates easier reloads, as well as a hammer and grip safety designed for easy concealment. The gun also comes equipped with a medium-length trigger, which was chosen by Hackathorn as his preferred trigger style.

Since the gun is built to Hackathorn's specifications, the pistol comes loaded with a wide variety of features. The frame features 30 lines-per-inch (LPI) checkering on the front strap of the grip along with flat-bottom Starburst-pattern grips made from G10 fiberglass laminate. The frame is also equipped with the company's tactical Bullet Proof thumb safety, Bullet Proof mag release and a countersunk slide stop.

The slide features 30 LPI checkering on its top in order to reduce glare, and the rear of the slide features 40 LPI checkering for the same purpose. The slide is constructed from carbon steel and features rear serrations only. The gun is equipped with a Battlesight rear sight, along with a high-visibility fiber-optic front sight. Inside the slide, users will find a stainless-steel match-grade barrel that features a flush-cut reverse crown and a fluted chamber hood.

The Wilson Combat Hackathorn Special Commander measures in with an overall length of 7.85 inches, a height of 5.6 inches and a width of 1.3 inches. The total weight, empty, is 38.2 ounces. Since the pistol includes a number of built-in features, optional extras are limited. Buyers can choose to build the gun on a lightweight frame, along with the addition of an ambidextrous thumb safety, choice of a front sight and a hand-polished blued finish.

The Hackathorn Special Commander is available in .45 ACP and 9 mm and retails at a suggested price of $3,750.

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