Wilson EDC X9 vs Custom Glock 19 write up with lots of pics

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by cundiff5535, Feb 16, 2019.

  1. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
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    What up addicts! I have looked around for something like this for a while... not coming up with a whole lot. Over the last year or so, I have carried my Wilson Combat EDC X9 and Custom Glock 19... I have become very familiar with both weapons, and felt as though a side by side write up should be done! I will try to keep this very objective and be up front in my findings. So... Which one is the better gun?!!

    First, lets look at the EDC X9!! I bought this gun used from a forum member and have to say, from the time I heard that Wilson was coming out with this I wanted one! Thanks to this forum, I was able to grab it used for a fraction of the price of new.

    The pistol w/3 mags cost me roughly 2K shipped!!

    I want to call out the XTac cuts on this pistol! Its very comfortable and give the pistol an amazing feel.

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    The Glock on the other hand was something I bought years ago and figured it would be a pistol that I would carry almost daily. I am not going to get into all the reasons I chose this pistol for a carry gun, but I did. As big of 1911 fan as I am, I am also a huge Glock fan. I think they have a purpose and do it pretty well.

    This gun was sent out to my personal favorite "modders" for work that I wanted for my gun.
    The slide work was done by Loki Tactical... Outside of looking cool, Ill be honest, all the cuts do not serve a huge function. Yes, the enhanced cocking serrations and front muzzle cut are great, but thats about it. Sights were swapped from Trijicon HD's, which is what I have on every single Glock I own... so those were put on for consistency. The frame is really amazing. It was done by Sean Harder of Flayed customs. IMO one of the best at his craft. The stippling is the best feeling stippling I have ever felt, the boarders are perfect, and the modifications (such as grip reduction, trigger guard change, and formed mag-well) are all just as I specified. I also shoot a lot of reloads so, I swapped out the barrel... The Lantac Barrel is very nice and looks good with the gun. Its definitely the tightest fitting Glock barrel I have had in a gun (including Zev). Lastly was the trigger... This was done by Johnny Glock, and although its not a 1911 trigger, its still the best trigger system I have personally felt on a Glock.

    I have roughly $1550 tied up into the Glock.

    Lets look at the stipple work and boarders done to the gun.

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    So there is about a $450 price difference in the two... IMO, not a large amount of money when it comes to custom guns!!

    Before moving on, I want to mention, I took both of these pistols to the range yesterday. I put roughly 300 rounds through each gun. I did not clean them, oil them, or do any maintenance to either one after yesterdays trip. I will add that I did not have one single issues with either gun. I shot fast, slow, and a few different types of ammo ranging from Hornady Critical Defense to Seller and Beloit to my own reloads that had 4.5gr of W231 under a 115gr bullet. All shot just fine, not problem.

    Today I took them both back and only shot my reloads... I wanted to record what I did with each pistol and report it back to you all!!

    Before I get into the accuracy of the gun etc, Lets dig in a bit!

    First lets look at the finish on each pistol. The Wilson has the factory Wilson Combat AT finish. I have always been of the mindset that the applicators at Wilson are not the best. They rebrand Cerakote and call it AT. They also do a poor job as I have had many run in's with them over this issue. The Frame and Slide of the Glock was Cerakoted by me.

    Both of these pistols have been holstered well over 2 thousand times and likely closer to 3-4. They are both carried in Stealth Gear Ventcore IWB holsters. The Wilson also gets carried in a custom leather holster which is much easier on the finish than the SG holsters. With that said, as usual the Wilson finish just does not hold up. Its got much more wear on it than the Glock. The only thing I can chalk this up to is poor application or prep. Here are some pictures of the finish on both.

    To me for finish work on these firearms, the Glock wins.

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    Lets talk about concealment and carry aspect on these two pistols. I really do like both! As you can see in the pictures the EDC X9 sits up a bit higher in my waist. Additionally I find that the Wilson Combat grips are just to aggressive and can tear your skin up pretty quick. Meanwhile the Glock is perfect... The stipple work is aggressive in the hand but its a non issue while in contact with your side.

    I would also give the edge to the Glock for comfort and concealment.

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    Onto Magazines... Although both these mags can carry 14, the Wilson mags are just better in every way. The construction feels better, the followers are nicer, springs are perfect, and loading them up is a breeze! I do love the fact that I can get extensions for my Glock (such as the Taran Tactical ones pictured, but I just like to Wilson mags better. Over all IMO Wilson makes the better mag.

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  2. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Sights!!! To me, this is where the EDC X9 starts to shine and take over. The Sights on the Wilson are perfect for me. Adjustable with a gold bead front blade! The front sight works perfectly with this pistol... My eye just picks it up best! I also like the thinner post vs The thicker post that the Glock has. The Wilson sight allows for not only fast acquisition, but also gives the ability to very precise shots. The Glock is more of a true combat sight. I like the Glock sights, and think the HD's are the best sight out there for Glock but, the Wilson sights and sight picture are just better.

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    Since we are talking about sights, we also need to talk about accuracy and shoot ability! Today I ran these pistols through a few different shooting scenarios and once again the Wilson really shines through on this. It really runs laps around the Glock in every way possible... from fast shooting, to double tap/splits from the draw, to just stand still accuracy shooting. I will also say the recoil on the Wilson is far less than the Glock. Its a very soft shooting pistol. The Glock is fine... accurate to what it needs to be but, really snappy. The Wilson is a dream to shoot compared to the Glock.

    Triggers are also something to mention. The Wilson is what you expect from a 1911! Its nearly impossible to compare a Glock trigger to a 1911 style trigger system... The Wilson comes in at a very nice 3.75 pull. The Johnny Glock Carry trigger is the best Glock trigger I have felt. Its a flat faced poly trigger that he does his thing with! The reset is awesome and the break is also very nice. It comes in right at 4.25... Its very good, just not as nice as the EDC (or any 1911 for that matter).

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    Remember the shooting I was talking about up top... Here are the results and targets...

    Started at 30 feet. About 2 seconds in between shots... Left target is the Glock Right is the Wilson.

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    I then shot the middle target at 45 feet...

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    Here are the pictures of off the draw rapid fire/splits

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    I took some time to take placed shots at 15 feet...

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    Finally a few rounds 75 feet

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  3. cundiff5535

    cundiff5535 Chambers Custom Owners Club

    Apr 1, 2013
    Lastly, the clean up... Both pistols were extremely dirty when I finished up. Take down of both pistols is very easy as well! The guns performed flawlessly, even with the close to 1K rounds through them with no cleaning. I know thats not extreme, but I did want to ensure there would be no issues once I got to a higher round count without cleaning.

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    All Cleaned Up!
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    My Final Thoughts... Listen, I love both of these guns, I really do. As with anything we can get caught up in the hype of things. For me, I did with modding out a stock G19. Is this version of G19 better than my stock 19 was? For me yes! I really do think it came out great. The look is great, I love that I can shoot reloads, the trigger system is fantastic, and the stipple work is top drawer! Do I think that this Glock or any Glock is worth $2K plus? No chance.

    When it comes to this EDC X9, it sits as it came to me. Its an amazing pistol and one I will never sell. From the size for concealment, to the accuracy to really every aspect of it is fantastic! Its soft and accurate... and its obvious I cant out shoot it. Is the gun worth 3K+? I am not sure... What I am sure of though is that its definitely worth the 2K I paid for it. Outside the grip texture cutting up my side its nearly the perfect CCW pistol. Obviously I am not overly happy with the way Wilson applies their AT, but its a minor concern/non issue.

    For me in this head to head battle, the EDC X9 wins fairly easily... Although as I pointed out in the write up, the Glock does win in some categories! I have to say... Until I shot these two pistols side by side the way I did, I wouldn't have believed that I would have preferred X9 so much more. Its a softer shooter, and a major step up in terms of over all quality!

    Cheers and I hope you found this write up useful and enjoyable,
    -BC
     
  4. dimedog

    dimedog Well-Known Member

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    Jul 27, 2017
    Awesome write up. Thank you.
    I have both G19(s) and and X9
    I love them both as they will both get the job done.
    However I must agree with you that the X9 is much more enjoyable to shoot.
     
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  5. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    Excellent comparison and well written. Enjoyed it, great pictures
     
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  6. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Nice to know since I have an X9 coming but never owned a G19, my son carries one and I’ve shot it but do not like it hence the reason I ordered the X9
     
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  7. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Great review.
     
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  8. killerbee595

    killerbee595 Defending our Second Amendment Rights with 1911's

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    Feb 14, 2015
    Nice and informative write up, Bobby. I would love to have the Wilson. For $2K, it's a awesome deal!
     
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  9. TxTrail80

    TxTrail80 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Mar 24, 2018
    Super comparison! I like everything except all the Hummels.
     
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  10. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    This household has two of each...(G19s & X9s)... His & her's you might say.

    I will add this note.... our Glocks are stock with the exceptions of a few aftermarket convenient items and shoot nowhere near as nice as the X9.
     
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  11. Barstool Aviator

    Barstool Aviator "Select Zone 5 and engage...."

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    Feb 25, 2016
    This is a very nice fair write up!
     
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  12. BuckyP

    BuckyP Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Good write up. Agree with most, especially the grips. That’s my biggest negative. My Wilson / Beretta 92 Compact had similar style grips, but I replaced them with LTT. Just as grippy, but far less abrasive. Unfortunately, no such options for the EDC X9.

    3 years ago, I was carrying a G19. Two years ago, I got the 92G -C. Last year, the EDC X9. While both “Wilson’s” are still in rotation, I’m gravitating more to the 92, and the grips are a part of it.
     
  13. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

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    Feb 28, 2014
    Very nice write up. I’ve had some very aggressive grips before from VZ and would never consider the X9 grips as being very aggressive. That said I also don’t carry with a gun against my bare skin. Perhaps a tank top styled t-shirt (wife beater) under your standard t-shirt would make a world of difference and would also absorb some of the sweat before it got on your gun.
     
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  14. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    This is what I do, always wear a tank top under my t-shirt even if it’s 100degs
     
  15. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Good review and fairly done. Both great carry pistols. Thanks for taking the time.
     
  16. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Well-Known Member

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    Dec 15, 2018
    The price comparison is the determining factor for me. If you ever use a gun in a defense situation, you may never get said gun out of an evidence locker. I carry a Glock. If something happens to it for $500 I’m back in business before I get back home. That’s the only reason I stopped carrying a 1911.
     
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  17. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    Nice write up!
    I have a Stock Generation 3 Glock 19.
    I think everyone needs a Glock 19,
    It’s a very reliable, and combat accurate
    gun. But I Freaking love my X9.

    It’s like cheating folks. Plain and simple.
     
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  18. BuckyP

    BuckyP Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    IMHO, Use the best tool for the job for you and in the 1 in 100000000 chance you’re in an altercation, don’t worry about this.
     
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