Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sneak Peak!!!!

Yes! It exists!

The Rise of America's Most Influential Custom Shop, 
Wilson Combat

Michael Bane

With an Introduction by
Ken Hackathorn


AVAILABLE FOR ORDER direct from WILSONCOMBAT.COM beginning May 20th or pick up a signed copy at the WILSON COMBAT booth #4262 at the annual NRA show in Louisville, KY May 20-22. Book signing Friday and Saturday 2-4pm and Sunday 10am-Noon.

Here's Bill's presser:

Bill Wilson

Authors: Bill Wilson with Michael Bane
Forward by Ken Hackathorn
Introduction by Michael Bane

Back cover copy:

This is the story of Bill Wilson and his passion for life in the gun culture, and of
his world famous company WILSON COMBAT. Bill is, what many people refer to as, a “self made man”. Starting out from humble beginnings in the small town of
Berryville, in northwest Arkansas, he has taken his passion for firearms and
shooting and turned it into a successful competition shooting career and business. Beginning with a keen interest in guns, Bill has been eating and sleeping gun stuff since the 1960s. He is one of the rare breed called “GUN GUYS” and this is his personal journey and that of WILSON COMBAT, the premier custom gun company in America.

Also included are educational chapters, from Bill, with useful information on firearm selection, improving shooting skills, firearm maintenance and handloading ammunition. Additionally, photo chapters showcasing pistols built by the early pioneers of custom 1911s and unique deluxe pistols created by Wilson Combat are included.

This unique book is a combination of educational material as well as Bill’s personal biography and the history of Wilson Combat.


1. The Early Years Pg 1
2. The Drive to Excel in Competition Shooting Pg 12
3. Watchmaker or Gunsmith? Pg 35
4. Couldn’t Have Done It Without Them Pg 54
5. The Need for Parts Pg 64
6. The Complete Wilson Combat Pistol Pg 80
7. Life Beyond the 1911 Pg 95
8. Wilson Combat Today (2016) Pg 121
9. The Second Generation - Ryan Takes the Helm Pg 145
10. Blessed with a Wonderful Family Pg 154
11. IDPA - Putting the ‘P’ Back in ‘Practical’ Pg 173
12. Bill’s Favorite Guns Pg 197
13. A Passion for Hunting Pg 226
14. Still Shooting After All These Years Pg 252
15. Finally A Texan Pg 261
16. Firearm Maintenance Bill’s Way Pg 272
17. Handloader, not Re-loader Pg 289
18. Bill’s Favorite Handgun Training Drills Pg 296
19. Bill’s Buds Pg 314
20. Guns of the Past Masters Pg 338
21. Wilson Combat Unique and Deluxe Pistols Pg 358

6" x 9" Hard cover, 4 color with dust jacket
386 pages
390 photos



Eric said...

Will there be any other way to get a signed copy?

Anonymous said...

Hey wait, didn't Barry just say that "It was nothin' you did" that made you successful. It was that communist guy who's knee I grew up beside that did it for you. So, even though Bill Wilson rose up to represent the epitome of the "art", it was really the "collective" that did it for him.

Save us from Evil, vote Republican.

KevinC said...

Who did the photos?

Joe F. said...

Will the book be available for purchase as a kindle ebook?

Anonymous said...

Authors: Bill Wilson with Michael Bane
Forward by Ken Hackathorn
Introduction by Michael Bane

That should be Foreword.

Anonymous said...

+1 for ebook availability


Michael Bane said...

I wasn't the editor...