by David Crane
The Wilson Combat UT-15 Urban Tactical Rifle/Carbine (with free-float, ventilated Quad Rail aluminum handguard) just received a rave review by Rich Grassi in the September 2004 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement (GWLE). Mr. Grassi had some help in reviewing the Wilson UT-15 Urban Tactical carbine from Rob Child (SWAT operator, armorer, and firearms instructor), Andy Dale (SWAT operator and K9 handler), and Akim Reynolds (SWAT operator and narcotics investigator).
Grassi found the Wilson UT-15 Urban Tactical Rifle/Carbine to be accurate and reliable. He described the UT-15’s trigger as follows, "The trigger is quite unlike anything I had in my (long past) military experience and is quite better than my stock AR-15 clone." Mr. Child and Mr. Dale also really liked UT-15’s trigger, which they found to be light and smooth. Andy Dale accomplished 1 to 1.5-second facial hits, from ready, on a turning target. Rob Child was able to quickly shoot 14 rounds into the head of a…
photo target from 50 yards. Rob Child and Andy Dale both seemed to also be blown away by the EOTech 552 HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight, a.k.a. EOTech 552 HOLOgraphic Diffraction Sight (HDS). They used words like "sweet" and "hot" to describe the EOTech. DefRev’s long been a fan of the EOTech 550 Series optical gunsights/HOLOgraphic Diffraction Sights. The EOTech 552 HOLOsight and Aimpoint CompM2 Red Dot optical gunsight are DefRev’s two favorite optical weapon sights for CQB (Close Quarters Battle). We have both the EOTech 552 and Aimpoint CompM2 in our inventory.
A SureFire M900AB Millenium Verticle Foregrip WeaponLight (or possibly an SureFire M910AB Millenium Verticle Foregrip WeaponLight) was added to the Wilson UT-15 Urban Tactical Rifle/Carbine during the range session, and more rounds were fired down range, with the unit attached.
The article gun featured a fluted and free-floating 16.25" barrel outfitted with a Wilson Combat Tactical Muzzle Break. The Wilson UT-15 has a forged flat top upper receiver. The gun was also outfitted with a Wilson AR Flip-Up Rear Sight, which Grassi says is an "outstanding design". Standard on all Wilson carbines is the ERGO Grip from Falcon Industries, so the article gun had that, too. The Wilson Combat UT-15 Urban Tactical Rifle/Carbine utilizes a JP trigger/hammer group, which provides a light, crisp 3-3.5# trigger pull. The article gun had an O.D. green Armor-Tuff Protective Firearms Finish, which Grassi described as "superb". The Wilson Combat Armor-Tuff finish is corrosion-resistant and self-lubricitous, but Wilson Combat still recommends using a quality synthetic lubricant on all contact surfaces.
While tooling around the Wilson Combat website, Defrev particularly liked the look of the Wilson M-4T Tactical Carbine which sports a collapsible/telescoping buttstock. If you’re a civilian, don’t worry. All you have to do is wait for September to roll around and the federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) to go bye-bye. Then you’ll be able to buy one (unless you live in a state like Kalifornia, that has its own AWB).
In the meantime, if you’d like to acquire a Wilson UT-15 Urban Tactical Rifle/Carbine for yourself, you can reach Wilson Combat at 800-955-4856 or 870-545-3635, or you can email them at Lightfighter Tactical. They do a great job over there, and carry just about everything you need. You can contact Lightfighter Tactical at 800-639-5938 or 270-439-0302, or you can email them at [email protected].