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Baer, Brown or Wilson?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ditto1958, Feb 22, 2013.


  1. ditto1958

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    Was visiting with a relative yesterday who I don't get to see much any more and we got to talking about guns. Anyway, he mentioned he is going to buy a high end 1911. Apparently he has narrowed things down to a Les Baer, Ed Brown or Wilson Combat.

    He asked me for my opinion, but I told him that I didn't know enough about it to give him any advice.

    That got me to thinking, though. What would I buy if I were in the market for a gun like that? I assume 1911's in that price range are pretty much all good, but which makers are better, and why?

    What differentiates one from the others? Quality? Features? Customer service?
     

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    Wilson has the best customer service hands down
     

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    Well, heck, you cannot go wrong with any of those manufacturers. For me, it basically came down to price. The Wilson I was looking at was going to be close to $5000, the Ed Brown hit the calculator at $2700 and the Les Baer came in at $1900 on a deal through Crazy John.

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    I own guns from all three of the above mentioned (2 Baers, 1 Brown and 3 Wilsons) and love them all. Although, before he plunks down some serious money on a top tier 1911, at least tell him to look into Guncrafter's 1911's, in particular, the No Name model. Right now, Guncrafter's No Name is the best 1911 for the money out there IMO. I have 4 of them and would take a new Guncrafter over anything from the other 3 manufacturers mentioned if I were buying a new 1911 and thos e names were on my list. He might just end up adding another name, or "No Name", :supergrin: to his list and make it that much harder to decide. :cool:
     
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    All three are very similar in quality, Baer is the best value of the group, if I was gonna spend Wilson, or Brown money, I'd rather opt for a Guncrafter.
     
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    The Guncrafters look nice, but on his website it looks as though he is concentrating on .50 caliber 1911's. Does he still make .45's?
     
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    My vote would go to an original Dick Heinie 1911, but you didn't include that, so...........
     
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    All good guns. If it's not a budget concern, tell him to get the one he thinks is coolest.

    Seriously.
     
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    Wish I'd have thought of that! Good advice.
     
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    Nope. He gave them up.
     
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    as far as value goes, i think baer is easiest the best value. super reliable and super accurate. at about 2/3 or less the price of wilson, which is equally reliable and accurate. but if you have an extra grand or so to spare, you won't go wrong with the wilson.
     
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    Tough call. Kinda like which of your kids to love most. Add the Springfield Professional or TGO1 from their Custom Shop to the mix to make it even tougher.
     
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    A Guncrafter is a higher quality than the Springer Pro
     
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    I don't know, I see all the pretty pictures of these Guncrafters but none look like they have more than 400 rounds through them. :tongueout: :rofl:
     
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    He makes plenty of 45ACP 1911s.
     
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    In your estimation what is it about the Guncrafter that compares more favorably than the Pro?
     
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    Another gun he should consider is Nighthawk Customs.

    All four of these are amazing, and all shoot great, and are reliable... (Baer after breakin).

    I think in terms of astedics... It's Wilson With Brown right behind... Customer Service is all Wilson As mentioned.

    Quality is Wilson, Brown, and Nighthawk right behind.

    You can't go wrong with any of him... He just has to look at all them at each model, and pick the one that rings his Bell!!

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    I actually own the consecutive serial number Pro AND No Name as FAA. I also own 3 other No Names, as well as 3 other SACS 1911's. I can say, without a doubt, that Gun Crafter makes THE BEST 1911 for the money out there. :cool: Without shooting his guns, I'm "pretty sure" that I know exactly how they run. And I can say, without a doubt, that not only is the Pro a bad mofo, but the NN is even better. :cool: