Today the sport of practical shooting has divisions for many types of handguns: Open, Limited, Limited Ten, Production, Revolver and Single Stack handguns. Thirty years ago there were no such divisions. Through the 1980s and into the early 1990s we had the introduction of compensators, the .38 Super cartridge, multi-chamber compensators, optical sights and high-capacity frames. In those days it didn't pay to get attached to a gun. There were real advantages to each technological innovation. If you really wanted the "winning edge" it was a matter of changing--or getting left behind--selling the old gun to help pay for the new. But some guns were too good to let go. This is the story of one such gun. Indeed, in many ways the best competition gun I've ever owned.
I shot my first IPSC match in 1980. By then the Clark "Pin Gun" was already out, soon followed by the Plaxco compensator. These of course were 1911s in .45 ACP. I was stubborn in those days, not to mention cheap. For several years I used a stock Colt Gold Cup, winning several matches with it.
The July/August 1985 American Handgunner had a pair of Wilson Accu-Comp LEs on the cover, and in the fall I competed in the U.S. Nationals. I met Bill Wilson and saw the shooters for whom the LE was named (Rob Leatham and Brian Enos) in action with their Wilson guns.