View Full Version : 1st Wilson. Oldie but a goodie

02-23-2016, 05:43 PM
One of the first 1000 guns Wilson ever made with their own frames. Till these Wilson used Colt or SA frames (or so I've been told). From their rep 'it was their first effort toward a complet package gun'. Made in 97 and still new unfired. Yep you read that right almost 20yrs old and still spanking new.
I stumbled on it on Gunbroker. Watched it come and go with no bids twice. Each time the seller lowered the buy nice price. I sent him an email after it closed last time and we made a deal both are very happy with. What really attracted me to this one was its condition as well as the test target only showing three people being involved in its build. Looking at the new ones these days there are like 8-10 names checked off who were involved. Mine is less of an assembly line gun as they are now.

I took it apart last night and was suprised to see all the internal parts in the slide are serialized same as the gun. I wonder how many if any parts inside frame are numbered as well?

The gun is really nice. I'm so itching to shoot it but feel like I'd be tossing out the window the original owners efforts keeping it new. I haven't been this happy with a deal in a long time.

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/A37A989E-A684-40E2-B0EE-9B274600D09F.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/A37A989E-A684-40E2-B0EE-9B274600D09F.jpg.html)

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/9B0BEF53-DD24-4D50-974B-711FD87B5A0B.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/9B0BEF53-DD24-4D50-974B-711FD87B5A0B.jpg.html)

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/988F7EA7-BCCC-4A9D-AB4D-3C5FE0599BFF.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/988F7EA7-BCCC-4A9D-AB4D-3C5FE0599BFF.jpg.html)

As the slide came off. Man I bought it from was the original owner. He said it came with that Shok-Buff on it. Notice numbers on slide.

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/D1C752C7-A4A6-456D-B2B8-000E50FF9FB7.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/D1C752C7-A4A6-456D-B2B8-000E50FF9FB7.jpg.html)

Slide stop
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/1B4AF2C5-0C5D-4178-A02F-01A2724CA2A7.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/1B4AF2C5-0C5D-4178-A02F-01A2724CA2A7.jpg.html)

Firing pin cover plate
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/B10A5443-FE55-4156-A381-8A6162568FD1.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/B10A5443-FE55-4156-A381-8A6162568FD1.jpg.html)

http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/26AF0EC2-1526-41E9-B537-6FCD54366D7A.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/26AF0EC2-1526-41E9-B537-6FCD54366D7A.jpg.html)

Original checklist
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/4A3D4F1A-DC38-4BBC-9C78-008970D92DE0.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/4A3D4F1A-DC38-4BBC-9C78-008970D92DE0.jpg.html)

And original test target showing the builders names. Supposedly Steve Kelly is still there and a master pistol smith.
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/6ACF716A-A53F-4A9E-AD8B-10080F271405.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/6ACF716A-A53F-4A9E-AD8B-10080F271405.jpg.html)

Do their new guns have each part individually numbered to each gun?
I also got the original sales receipt and order form specifying no ambi-safety and no front checker. It also came with a Wilson owners manual which is actually like an 80 page detailed disassembly maintenance guide all in color and with numerous pics. Very well done.
Believe it or not the sights still have a dull glow to them. But I think it may send the slide to them to have some new ones put on.

02-23-2016, 05:49 PM
Couldn't keep her new for long. So after a detail strip, clean and lube (she was dry) I went and shot about 200rnds thru it and then got called back to work.
Couple hours later I went back and finished off the ammo I had brought to work.

First ten round group at 25yds.
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/09F0CCD7-E0A3-4D70-9E5D-E70DAF72A964.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/09F0CCD7-E0A3-4D70-9E5D-E70DAF72A964.jpg.html)

Then the remaining 40 from the box at same distance.
http://i757.photobucket.com/albums/xx214/BlancaBusa/AFF4C4FD-968B-4952-8254-2EC2BD13E9F8.jpg (http://s757.photobucket.com/user/BlancaBusa/media/AFF4C4FD-968B-4952-8254-2EC2BD13E9F8.jpg.html)

Now I get lots of dead on bulls. But seem to be pushing some to the left. The fact that some are dead on tells me it's me pushing and not the gun. If sights were a bit off than all would be left but they aren't. First date so both of us were a bit nervous. Things will calm down after a few more trips.

02-23-2016, 06:01 PM

02-23-2016, 06:10 PM
that is really cool. WC is a great company!

02-23-2016, 06:34 PM
Congratulations, fine pistol.

02-23-2016, 06:37 PM
Thank you. I think I'm more happy with this one than I would have been with a new one.
Not considering the huge price differences a gun that was still new and almost twenty years old was more of a turn on for me. True time piece in perfect working order.

Now I done gone and ruined it by shooting it........:)

02-23-2016, 07:28 PM
Congrats, nice score. Good shooting too.

02-23-2016, 07:58 PM
Awesome pistol. ...well done.

02-23-2016, 10:12 PM
Great score, my friend. Steve Kelly had some heart problems, but is back at Wilson. They number the parts when the pistol is kitted for fitting, I believe. You could probably get 3 bills for the old blue Flying Eagle gun rug. The new WC logo looks like dog crap on a hot tar road

Rick McC.
02-23-2016, 11:48 PM
That is one fine pistol!

My latest Wilson came with a Shok Buff installed, too. I puled it out as soon as I saw it.

The sell 'em; so you know they're gonna try to peddle 'em.

A solution in need of a problem, just like FLGR's.

02-24-2016, 12:44 AM
That is one fine pistol!

My latest Wilson came with a Shok Buff installed, too. I puled it out as soon as I saw it.

The sell 'em; so you know they're gonna try to peddle 'em.

A solution in need of a problem, just like FLGR's.

Well when this pistol was built FLGRs and Shok Buffs were all the rage. And people swore by them. I left it in. Got about 300+ rnds thru it and may shoot some more tomorrow or next day. Will let things mate up for 500rnds and then clean it. I will probably send the slide back to them for new sights after that.