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Custom 1911's, how to choose?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ajstrider, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. ajstrider

    ajstrider Silent Warrior

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    I am sort of in the market, not fully committed though, to buying a custom (basically stock high end job from one of the many makers out there) 1911 but am at a loss since all I can do is look at pictures of them. I have it narrowed down to a Wilson Combat CQB, Ed Brown Special Forces, or Nighthawk GRP, they seem to have the options I desire on my gun. But without getting to hold one and feel how they fit my hands, due to the different beavertail grips and checkering effects. It is hard for me to spend well over 2k on a gun that I can't for sure tell I like. How do you guys solve this problem?
     
  2. GJ1981

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    There isn't a good solution, you should try to find one to handle before buying.

    All three of those have different grip safeties that may not work well for you. I don't like the CMC style NH uses, it just doesn't do it for me.

    The other thing is the SF, some people don't like the scallops. It's a lot of money to spend on something you may not like.

    If you don't handle one before, you may not get the one that works best for you.
     

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  3. glock2740

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  4. jjdubious48195

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    If you are looking at Wilson or Ed Brown, then you are going to spend at least $2500 or better total. My suggestion, FORGET all those others and take a good hard look at GUNCRAFTER INDUSTRIES. I own all three of the top so called semi-custom guns. My best gun is a Les Baer SRP, that is until I get my Guncrafter in March. I know from experience and other members will back me up on this, Guncrafter Industries is a STEP UP on the rest of those other makers. I would put a Guncrafter Gun up against anything out there at any price.:supergrin:
     
  5. Hokie1911

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    There are enough of us around here that someone may live near you. If so, we are a friendly enough bunch that I'm sure whoever would meet you at a range to let you run a few mags through to check other stuff out. Quack lives right by me and poof....I ordered a Kobra Carry. Need to to hook up Lawdog now to shoot his Guncrafter. That may be next. :supergrin:
     
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  6. glock2740

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    I agree. I have a GC No Name Commander, and it's a VERY well made gun. Best 1911 going IMO. But, Alex won't change many things though, so you better like it like he makes it. If you want it made to your specs, then Wilson is the way to go. Baer makes a great gun, but Les builds them his way too. NH will pretty much make it to order, but they've outpriced theirselves IMO. Brown offers a few options, but not many. I was able to have Alex flush crown my barrel and round the butt, but that's about as far as he deviates from his standard set up. And JJ, you're not joking when you say that your Baer is the best gun until you get your GC. You're gonna love it. :thumbsup:
     
  7. bac1023

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    You can't go wrong with any of the big four semi-custom shops.


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  8. bac1023

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    Don't forget Springfield or Guncrafter either.

    They build some of the best semi-custom 1911s around. :)
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I was about to say. Glad you caught yourself. :supergrin:
     
  10. Shipwreck-The-Sequel

    Shipwreck-The-Sequel Beretta 92 Nut!

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    If you went with George at Gunslingers, a 5" Ed brown is about $2k (he does below MSRP). And, MSRP is still only $2200. So, not entirely true.

    I have shot Nighthawks and handled Wilsons and Les Baers. I personally prefer Ed Browns and Springfield Custom Shop guns.

    But they are right - try to handle some.

    I was fortunate that my local shop started to sell Nighthawks, and I handled Browns, Springfield Professionals, Les Baers, Wilsons and others at a shop in Houston. They charge ABOVE MSRP, so I'd never buy anything there. But you should SEE all the 1911s they have.
     
  11. bac1023

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    I just didn't have a pic of all of those together. ;)
     
  12. youngAR

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    Try to find a gently used Rock River. Their 1911's were top notch before they stopped producing them due to the Obama scare.
     
  13. bac1023

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    Yeah, they're outstanding, especially the Limited Match. :supergrin:
     
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  15. bac1023

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    It looks like someone added a magwell to that TRS. :dunno:
     
  16. OrangeDonkey

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    I would go Springfield or Wilson. I'm not a fan of Baers and don't have any experience with NH.
     
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  17. Officer's Match

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    My money would go to SACS (Springfield Armory Customshop) or Les Baer. I've had Brown's and Wilson's also and liked them very much, but I much prefer the way a LB or SACS feels in my hands.
     
  18. samuse

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    If you don't know what you want in a custom gun, you might not realize what's better about 'em.

    I really think that the 1911 is best learned from the basics up.

    A G.I. type gun will do anything a custom will do. All the bells and whistles are there for convenience and bling.

    Starting out with a basic Colt or Springfield will give you a good feel for the platform, you'll know what you want to change after a few classes and/or matches.

    My first 1911 had all the extended junk and everything but a magwell.

    Now, I run a 1911 dimensionally the same as a G.I. 1911 A-1 with the exception of taller sights.

    You just have to see what you like.
     
  19. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    :rofl:I've heard it all now. :rofl: