Chambers Custom Owners Club
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.