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Old 07-01-2014, 20:20   #1
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Ed Brown, Les Baer or Wilson Combat

Okay, hypothetical here. You've just won a new 1911. On a table in front of you are three very similar 1911's one from Ed Brown, one from Les Baer and one from Wilson Combat. Which would you choose, and why? (sure wish this was real! ).
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Old 07-01-2014, 20:57   #2
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I have a couple of Ed Browns, a Wikson CQB and a Guncrafter. They're all very similar in quality. They're all about equal in accuracy. The Ed Brown just fits me very well, so it's my favorite.
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Old 07-01-2014, 21:20   #3
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For me a lot would depend on which model. It would be hard to turn my back on a TSG.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:57   #4
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Depends on the model...

Overall, Wilson builds the best of the three, but their prices are ridiculous. Baer offers the best value for the dollar.
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Old 07-02-2014, 07:09   #5
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Since it is free because I won it, the Wilson. If I had to but it, the Les Baer. But as Bac1023 said it depends on the model.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:41   #6
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I would be grabbing the Wilson and running!
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:31   #7
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Wilson for sure.

If it were my money. Probably Baer.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:40   #8
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Do you want a Buick, BMW or a Mercedes?

They will all shoot very well. The major differences are the price and the level of finish. There is also the issues of ease of customer service.....many debates have been argued over this. However, Wilson Combat sets the industry standard for CS.

I have owned all three,....I no longer own a Brown. I do own one Baer and two Wilsons.

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Overall, Wilson builds the best of the three, but their prices are ridiculous.



Wilson thinks all their products are made of gold now days, it's a joke. But you know what as long as they have people lined up tp buy them God bless them.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:48   #10
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I love my Baer. Totally reliable.

No first hand experience with Brown.

Had a problem with a Wilson. Customer service was shockingly bad. Paid to have it fixed locally. Turned out to be a minor oversight in Wilson's QC. They refused to admit they made a mistake or even tell me how to send it in for repair. Instead she told me I just need to learn how to shoot a 1911. I won't own another one.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:58   #11
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I have transitioned from custom builds to Wilson Combat pistols for EDC.

Wouldn't hesitate for a second in that scenario; WC for the win.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:04   #12
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Take the Wilson, sell the Wilson, use money to buy a Brown + ammo.
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Wilson thinks all their products are made of gold now days, it's a joke. But you know what as long as they have people lined up tp buy them God bless them.
I agree Jeff

For the prices they charge, I'd sooner buy a full house custom gun.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:13   #14
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I've never warmed up to the aesthetics of most Browns. Baer may build a great pistol, but for me it would be the Wilson. This is almost like asking "You have won your pick of any bill on the table. In front of you is a Ben Franklin, a Ulysses S. Grant, and an Andrew Jackson." The prices of Wilson's make it a no brainer and its not as if you are suffering with quality loss either. I could pick the Wilson and sell it for either of the other two and come out a mile ahead. FWIW - I would take a Guncrafter over the Brown and Baer.
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..... FWIW - I would take a Guncrafter over the Brown and Baer.
Yup........
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Old 07-02-2014, 16:54   #16
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I am pretty much a Wilson whore so I would pick the Wilson 1st and the Brown 2nd.
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Old 07-02-2014, 21:32   #17
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I only have one of the three. I can tell u I have more guns than I can shoot now. Since I'm a shooter not a collector that's a problem! A great problem.
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Old 07-02-2014, 21:50   #18
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What no Nighthawk Custom?
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What no Nighthawk Custom?
There are several missing, actually.
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Old 07-03-2014, 00:25   #20
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The one that cost the most, had adjustable sights, and looked like a standard gi hardball match gun.
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