1911 Custom Work

Wilson Combat has been performing World Class Custom Gunsmithing on 1911 pistols since 1977. Our custom handguns have won more pistol competitions and have been carried in more duty holsters than any other custom pistol brand. At Wilson Combat, only our most experienced Master Pistolsmiths perform customer gunsmithing, so we can assure your satisfaction with the finished product for life. As Wilson Combat is a true custom shop, some options may be available that are not listed in our Custom Gunsmithing rates. Please contact us for more information.

Customize Your Existing Gun

Wilson Combat has been performing World Class Custom Gunsmithing on 1911 pistols since 1977. We offer a variety of options that cover almost every possibility you could want. Get your dream gun today! Please contact us for more information.

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Custom Finishes

ARMOR-TUFF® Protective Firearms Finish was developed specifically for firearms use to provide a non-reflective tactical surface finish with optimum corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and enhanced lubricity. The low curing temperature prevents parts from damage such as warping during the finishing process. A firearm finished with ARMOR-TUFF® has the most durable, chemical and heat resistant, thermally cured firearm finish available. Click the gallery to see images of our guns in these colors. (Coming Soon).

Other finish options are hand-finished deluxe blue, case color hardened, or in matte, brushed or satin stainless steel.

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You now have the chance to order a custom built Wilson Combat 1911-style handgun with spectacular hand engraving applied by a Master Engraver in a fraction of the usual delivery time!

We are honored to work with award-winning engraving artist Wayne D’Angelo on this new custom firearm option.  D’Angelo is one of the world’s foremost firearm engraving artists and his attention to detail is legendary.  He is the former chief engraver for Smith and Wesson and contract engraver for Colt firearms.  Wayne’s renowned scroll engraving adorns many collectible and rare firearms all over the world.

Wilson Combat offers three levels of classically-styled engraving coverage and also the option to add the owner’s initials. D’Angelo’s hand engraving can be applied to stainless steel or blued steel firearms only (not Armor-Tuff®), and can be ordered as an option on new orders or those orders that have not yet started the build process.  Pricing for the hand engravings is $665 for level one, $1200 for level two, and $1750 for level three. You can also add your initials for an additional $120 to any of the engraving levels.

Please consult a member of our customer service team for more details.

Custom Laser Engraving

We also offer a custom and personalized laser engraving. Many customers get a unit insignia or company logo. Please consult a member of our customer service team for more details. Personalized engraving requires 100% up front payment at the time of order.

Custom Options



We will perform custom gunsmithing work on the following manufacturer’s 1911 pistols: Springfield Armory, Colt, Wilson, Kimber, Smith & Wesson, SIG 1911 series, Remington R-1 1911, Ruger SR-1911, Dan Wesson 1911, Les Baer Custom, Ed Brown and other quality, domestically-produced 1911 handguns. We reserve the right to decline performing custom work based on manufacturer, age, and condition of the base pistol. We will not perform gunsmithing work on 1911’s with barrels shorter than 4″ unless they were previously customized or produced by Wilson Combat.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  We will NOT work on firearms that have been previously modified by anyone other than the Wilson Combat Custom Shop. Parts installed by Wilson Combat will match finish of pistol unless otherwise specified by customer. A 50% deposit of the estimated work cost on complete pistols, or a $50 deposit on customer-supplied pistols, is required at the time the work is scheduled. The balance is due upon completion. Cancelled work orders are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Please do not send items not necessary for the custom work such as: gun rugs, gun boxes, bushing wrenches, etc. All firearms are left in shop at your own risk.

Once your custom work is completed, a final invoice for the balance will be mailed to you.

Failure to pay this invoice or to make other arrangements within 90 days will result in your pistol being sold for charges due. Payment may be made by MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Money Order or personal check. PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE HELD 21 DAYS prior to shipping any handguns. All work order changes will be assessed a charge of $20 per change and could delay delivery. All change requests must be submitted in writing.

We recommend that you use a reliable carrier such as UPS (Highly recommended) or Federal Express. We also recommend that you insure any firearm(s) that you ship to us. Overnight shipping is required by UPS/Fedex for handguns. The use of UPS/Fedex Ground Service is allowed for all long guns.  You may also ship long guns via USPS.

Please do NOT send items such as gun rugs, gun boxes, bushing wrenches, etc. Please include a detailed letter of the problem or services you require by printing out the gunsmithing rates form. Your custom work will not be scheduled until we have received your firearm, $50 deposit and a signed work order form. Due to Federal regulations, customer’s firearms must be returned to address from which they were received. If you have a change of address, written request for such change is required.