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Wilson Combat 7.62×40

It’s a funny thing about our thought process as we meander through the aging process. A few years ago, I was more than happy with one AR chambered in .223 Remington. At the time, I really thought that rifle would be the only one of its type securing residence in my gun safe. I used it for varmint hunting—coyotes mainly—but it even accounted for a few prairie dogs on occasion. The rifle could also be employed as home defense if the situation warranted. Now I could move on and acquire other firearms and enjoy shooting different systems. A pure lack of futurity on my part!

Today, like many other shooters, I find myself wanting more variety in the AR platform and by golly we’ve got it. Just recently I had the pleasure of shooting Wilson Combat’s new 7.62×40 project. Not that I needed an excuse to get another AR but I found myself wanting a .30 with less recoil than a standard .308 Winchester. Not only did I get the opportunity to shoot this unique offering but I also had the pleasure of visiting with Bill Wilson, who I hadn’t seen in 30 years.

As you know, Bill was a highly successful competitive shooter back in the 1970s. We both knew each other from our handgun hunting exploits and would exchange hunting stories from time to time. Wilson Combat started producing parts then went on to building custom firearms back in 1977. And the rest as they say is history. The company is well known for their high quality, custom 1911 firearms and accessories. Today Wilson Combat also provides the consumer with custom shotguns and rifles as well as top-shelf conceal and carry autos. Their new 7.62×40 WT is a prime example of the company’s innovation and premium quality production for demanding shooters.

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  1. Ed Tennyson

    I don’t understand the reason and expense to develop the new 7.62×40 WT which closely matches the velocity and energy of the 7.62×39 which is widely available and less expensive. An SKS rifle can probably be purchased for less than the barrel of the Wilson Combat AR. Help us keep our shooting expenses down.


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