Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Review: Worth the Money?


AR-15 Review

The AR world is filled with AR-15 Review from manufacturers of all different levels. Those companies are often classified in a tiered system based on their perceived quality within the gun community. Back in the early 2000s, when the AR manufacturers roster was a little shorter, the saying was “to get a good rifle, stick with the ABCs.” This referred to ArmaLite, Bushmaster, and Colt. Well, fast forward to 2022, and that list now goes all the way down to “W” for Wilson Combat.

Wilson Combat, the renowned 1911 manufacturer, entered the AR-15 arena a few years ago with a few different offerings. The Protector line is aptly classified as the company’s defensive offerings. It also represents the most-affordable offerings in Wilson Combat’s lineup, but that’s not to say it’s lacking in anything other than packaging, which is a simple cardboard box.

Review Contents

Specs & Features
Ergonomics
Shooting
Accuracy
Final Thoughts

Specs & Features

Wilson Combat Protector AR-15 Rifle
The Protector was clearly designed for self-defense and home defense, and it hosts the features to support that and more. The intermediate gas system also helps balance it for that type of shooting. (Photo: Brian Jackson/Guns.com)


This Protector rifle features a 16-inch medium-profile barrel, dubbed the Recon Profile. Interestingly, the gas system is an intermediate-length system. If you’re familiar with AR-15 Review gas systems, that might strike you as a new one since it’s outside the normal offerings of pistol, carbine, mid, and rifle-length gas tubes. 

Intermediate slips in between the now popular mid-length and rifle-length systems with a 13.25-inch tube. This allows for a bit softer recoil and lower dwell time, which means the rifle is getting just enough gas to cycle properly and reliably without slamming your bolt carrier group into your shoulder. 

When you pair this with the Wilson Q-Comp muzzle brake, you’ve got a flat-shooting rifle that will keep you on target for your next training class or 3-gun competition.