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Baer, Brown or Wilson?

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

  1. 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?
  2. Pistolpete2


    Jan 30, 2013
    Wilson has the best customer service hands down

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013

  3. mikegc


    May 9, 2012
    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.

  4. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    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:
  5. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan

    Jul 15, 2010
    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.
  6. 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?
  7. jdw174


    Oct 31, 2012
    West Tennessee
    My vote would go to an original Dick Heinie 1911, but you didn't include that, so...........
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    All good guns. If it's not a budget concern, tell him to get the one he thinks is coolest.

  9. Wish I'd have thought of that! Good advice.
  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Nope. He gave them up.
  11. davsco


    Feb 27, 2011
    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.
  12. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    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.
  13. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    A Guncrafter is a higher quality than the Springer Pro
  14. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001

    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:
  15. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005

    Got carried today........I've somehow scratched the rear sight.
    Slide has np more than a few from holstering

  16. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    He makes plenty of 45ACP 1911s.
  17. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    In your estimation what is it about the Guncrafter that compares more favorably than the Pro?
  18. Roydrage


    May 24, 2012
    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!!

  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    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: