Bill Wilson wanted USPSA to create a division that you could use his guns in. Because USPSA was all about the arms race and having to spend megabucks on a hi-cap gat to compete with. USPSA said no, Wilson started IDPA where he could sell his megabuck singlestacks to the timmies casue Wilson diod not build hi-caps. Back in the day Bill Wilson was one of the biggest gamers in USPSA.
Nope. Wilsons were building "hi caps", what do you think Jerry Barnhardt was shooting back then? And many other Wilson team shooters.
If you think IDPA is why Wilson Combat has grown into the giant successful business it is now I don' think you've done much research, start with how many people shoot Wilson pistols in IDPA.
Bill Wilson was one of the original founders of IPSC/USPSA, he served on the board many years and donated a shit load of money into USPSA and supported a lot of shooters. No doubt he wanted there to be a division where a 1911 std capacity pistol could still be competitive. The reason there is so much confusion and misinformation about all this is because there are so few people still around or give a shit to tell the real story. It's easier just to believe Wilson got mad and started his own sport. You have to realize how USPSA developed from a bring a pistol and shoot to a arms race, how much even small things like 8 round magazines becoming a reality changed the game at the time, then compensators, then 38 super, then double stack guns in 38 super with optical sights. The technical progress outstripped the rule book. There were times when you could actually buy a huge competitive advantage. Example when a few double stack frames became available and where allowed to compete directly against low capacity guns, at the local level you would see round counts expanded to the limit of the new double stack the match director just got.
So in time the idea of a Limited Division was floated and promised to be a back to basic 1911 Division so the masses of people who only had a single stack 45 wouldn't have to compete directly against a Caspian double stack 38 super. Bill Wilson was on board with this, long story short the script got flipped and Limited became nothing but Open without optics. It had nothing to do with selling more guns, Wilson Combat has never had a problem selling guns, it was all about shady dealings. The people controlling USPA at the time for some reason where influenced in the direction of everyone buying new equipment if they wanted to play and weren't concerned about losing people who wanted to be competitive with what they had. Anyone should be able to figure out where that influence came from. Wilson felt like he had been lied to so he left and later started IDPA with the idea of getting back to the roots of Practical Shooting. Where things went sideways was his not wanting to run the program and trusting people to run IDPA that he shouldn't, that's still the problem with it.