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Old 05-30-2020, 08:55 AM
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WC calibers

I read somewhere that WC is only going to make 1911's in .45 and 9mm from now on. I have 3 Wilsons, a .45, a .40, and a .38 Super and would be sorry to see a reduction in calibers. Anybody know if this is true or just internet bs?
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Old 05-30-2020, 09:30 AM
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I read on here that WC was going to drop the .38 Super. After I read it I rushed over to look at one of their competitors offerings. Sure enough they dropped the Super also.

Might be because of low orders or just focusing on other projects that have higher sales volume. Probably both though.

They are changing with the market from what I've read.
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Old 05-30-2020, 01:33 PM
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Afraid it is so. .40S&W has been in a long, slow decline among all but its loyalists. Very few will shed tears over discontinuations of .40S&W chambered 1911s. Even so, I do feel sad for those who liked that package; they're good 2A folks, same as those who prefer .45acp or 9mm.

But 38 Super has a lot going for it, especially in a 1911 design. I hope that Wilson will bring it back...perhaps in a premium configured limited edition/SG model (hint, hint to WC; just do it!).
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:21 PM
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Afraid it is so. .40S&W has been in a long, slow decline among all but its loyalists. Very few will shed tears over discontinuations of .40S&W chambered 1911s. Even so, I do feel sad for those who liked that package; they're good 2A folks, same as those who prefer .45acp or 9mm.

But 38 Super has a lot going for it, especially in a 1911 design. I hope that Wilson will bring it back...perhaps in a premium configured limited edition/SG model (hint, hint to WC; just do it!).
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Old 05-30-2020, 02:27 PM
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Unless you love the round, there really is no need for it.

Want a soft shooter? 9mm.

Want maximum window of reliability? Government .45 ACP or EDC x9.

Want a soft shooting .45? Add a comp or flanged barrel and shoot 160/185gr bullets.

There's about a dozen other mix and matches for what can fulfill a certain "need", but you get the drift. There really is no place for it in mainstream shooting.

Like Ford axing most of their models, Wilson made a decision based on data. If the numbers aren't there, whats the point?

That's like telling Microsoft to continue to support Windows Vista and charge people for it.
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Old 05-30-2020, 06:30 PM
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Gosh, need has nothing to do with it for me. I have or have owned handguns in most calibers from .25 to .45. For me, the fun of it is reloading and shooting many calibers. I will agree, as far as "need" goes, yep, 9mm, .45 Auto, and of course, .22 will cover the bases. Still, agree with the above posts, WC is in it to make money, and if the .40 (one of my faves) and .38 Super ain't selling, then it doesn't make sense to keep making them.
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:20 PM
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K38;13170596]Gosh, need has nothing to do with it for me. I have or have owned h[/B]andguns in most calibers from .25 to .45. For me, the fun of it is reloading and shooting many calibers. I will agree, as far as "need" goes, yep, 9mm, .45 Auto, and of course, .22 will cover the bases. Still, agree with the above posts, WC is in it to make money, and if the .40 (one of my faves) and .38 Super ain't selling, then it doesn't make sense to keep making them.
I am also in the same boat, it has nothing to do with need, but more to do with exploring other cartridges' capabilities. I have loaded just about everything from .25 ACP to .50 AE for pistol, and have learned something from each one as to what I'm able to wring out of it and what I'm not. It has added to my knowledge base, even for those that I've not kept. As far as .40 S&W, I have not been particularly impressed with it, as I already have a 10mm that can be loaded down to it or loaded to full 10mm level; but I have nothing against it.

As far as Wilson discontinuing .38 Super, .40 S&W, and .460 Rowland - I strongly believe it is more of a financial decision of demand versus capacity, as most manufacturers have to at some time make. We all have our favs, but when that fav becomes a declining item past a certain point, it does not make business sense for a manufacturer to keep the tooling to make it unless that is their particular niche market. Just my viewpoint, and it is only my personal viewpoint that is not necessarily shared by others.
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:28 PM
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I have a 1911 in 40 S&W so I am good to go. Also good in 9mm and 45 ACP. Count me as one of the 40 loyalists.
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Old 05-31-2020, 06:33 PM
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I have a 1911 in 40 S&W so I am good to go. Also good in 9mm and 45 ACP. Count me as one of the 40 loyalists.
And there is nothing wrong with the latter. Carry on!

While each of us has our favorites (as well as chamberings of little interest), it is wise to see the bigger picture; and that is each cartridge ever designed had/has its purpose and its devotees. Anything pro-2A is good.
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