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GOOFA 10-06-2012 11:45

Rate the top 4 semi-custom builds
 
We've kicked this around for years, but in light of price increases and the current economic situation, how would you rate the top 4 mfrs. of semi-custom 1911's?

Guncrafter

Wilson Combat

Springfield Custom

NightHawk

bac1023 10-06-2012 12:12

In no particular order...

Springfield Custom

Wilson

Guncrafter

Les Baer

glock2740 10-06-2012 12:17

I would rate the top 4 IMO and in no certain order as:
Guncrafter
Wilson
Brown
SACS

Tie for fifth:
Baer
Nighthawk

Although I would classify all 6 of the above mentioned to all be in the same class, with all worthy of owning. I own some of each. :cool:

38 Super Fan 10-06-2012 12:43

All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.

PlasticGuy 10-06-2012 21:26

In no particular order, based a good blend of price/quality/uniqueness:

Les Baer
Nighthawk
Springfield
Wilson

bac1023 10-07-2012 02:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by 38 Super Fan (Post 19491127)
All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.

:agree:

R0CKETMAN 10-07-2012 04:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by 38 Super Fan (Post 19491127)
All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.

True words Cody

None mentioned so far are built like a Baer...none:wavey:

faawrenchbndr 10-07-2012 06:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by glock2740 (Post 19491061)
I would rate the top 4 IMO and in no certain order as:
Guncrafter
Wilson
Brown
SACS

Tie for fifth:
Baer
Nighthawk

Although I would classify all 6 of the above mentioned to all be in the same class, with all worthy of owning. I own some of each. :cool:


I would agree with this,.....assuming price was not a factor.
I have owned a Brown, Wilson, Baer, & Guncrafter.
The GI is by far the best semi-custom when pricing is a consideration.

bac1023 10-07-2012 06:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by R0CKETMAN (Post 19493082)
True words Cody

None mentioned so far are built like a Baer...none:wavey:

I feel Guncrafter and Springfield Custom build them tight like Baer does.

I hear what you're saying though.

faawrenchbndr 10-07-2012 06:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by 38 Super Fan (Post 19491127)
All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.

Never cared for the way Les cares to finish his 1911s.
Bluing is nice, but prep work is sub-par........IMO

Officer's Match 10-07-2012 06:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by R0CKETMAN (Post 19493082)
True words Cody

None mentioned so far are built like a Baer...none:wavey:

I agree. My list, in order, would be:

1. Les Baer
2. SACS
3. Wilson Combat
4. Ed Brown

I've no doubt Guncrafter would be on there (displacing EB - don't know where GC would rank) if I ever get around to owning one.

bac1023 10-07-2012 06:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by faawrenchbndr (Post 19493165)
Never cared for the way Les cares to finish his 1911s.
Bluing is nice, but prep work is sub-par........IMO

The standard finish on Baers is not up to some of the other semi-customs, but the build quality is awesome.

HexHead 10-07-2012 06:54

Again, no particular order...
Nighthawk
Wilson
Baer
Brown

On second thought, I'd say in that order.

bac1023 10-07-2012 07:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by HexHead (Post 19493219)
Again, no particular order...
Nighthawk
Wilson
Baer
Brown

On second thought, I'd say in that order.

Wow, Nighthawk first?

HexHead 10-07-2012 07:25

Quote:

Originally Posted by bac1023 (Post 19493247)
Wow, Nighthawk first?

Yeah, I've got one I ordered direct from them in 2008, to my specs. I've yet to see anything nicer.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...DSC_0022-2.jpg

bac1023 10-07-2012 07:32

Nice.

I've got one from 2007 and one from 2008. They are great 1911s for sure.

glock2740 10-07-2012 07:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by faawrenchbndr (Post 19493142)
The GI is by far the best semi-custom when pricing is a consideration.

I agree. :cool: They cost a little more than most Baer's, but you get your money's worth. Plus, Alex is hands on.

glock2740 10-07-2012 07:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by faawrenchbndr (Post 19493165)
Never cared for the way Les cares to finish his 1911s.
Bluing is nice, but prep work is sub-par........IMO

Quote:

Originally Posted by bac1023 (Post 19493218)
The standard finish on Baers is not up to some of the other semi-customs, but the build quality is awesome.

I agree with both statements. I think Les is more about the performance than the aesthetics. Might be why he can turn them out for less money.

bac1023 10-07-2012 08:10

Quote:

Originally Posted by glock2740 (Post 19493337)
I agree with both statements. I think Les is more about the performance than the aesthetics. Might be why he can turn them out for less money.

Exactly

MD357 10-07-2012 08:19

Take you pick....

Baer, SACS, Brown, Wilson, GC... you're splitting hairs.




























Nighthawk. Sorry, they've just gone downhil IMO. I don't understand asking big boy money for a 1911 and slapping a Kimber ambi-safety on it.


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