Late in December of 2011 I ordered an Ed Brown Executive Elite from 1911 Heaven. CJ had it in my hands two days later. The pistol arrived with an Ed Brown Pistol Case, two fired .45 ACP cases, a bottle of Ed Brown Gun Oil, one seven round magazine, and an Allen wrench for the grip screws. Initial inspection showed a soft matte stainless steel finish. The finish was so smooth it almost appeared to be coated. There were no tool marks visible, and all edges had been softened. It was not a Carry Melt just no sharp edges. The grips are a dark brown Cocobolo (I believe) not the reddish brown I expected. They are sharply checkered in a double diamond pattern. Attractive and grippy. Slide to Frame fitment was what you would expect from a custom pistolsmith. Tolerances are very close. The pistol came with a 16.5 pound recoil spring and there was no hesitation in slide movement when hand-cycling. I thought a standard mainspring was installed and the average of ten trigger pulls on a digital scale was four pounds fourteen point one ounces. There was zero creep and no over-travel. The break was very clean and crisp. A second shooter had a couple of unexpected double-taps due to the lack of take-up on the trigger. It was just something he was not used to. The Executive Elite comes with a white outlined set of Trijicon Night Sights. The rear sight has a set screw to hold it in position. The front sight has an Allen screw that goes into a threaded hole in the dovetail slot to hold it in position. This hole is drilled all the way through the top of the slide. The front strap and mainspring housing are checkered at 25 lines per inch. Not as abrasive as 20 LPI, but a little more so than the 30 LPI offerings from other vendors. After about 200 rounds, I put on a pair of Ten-Zero gloves. Gloved or not, proper indexing on the draw stroke was critical the pistol does not move in your hand. The pistol disassembled easily with a nylon bushing wrench. Slide rails and frame rails were smooth with no visible tool marks. All machining and internal cuts were well executed. I wiped and re-oiled the rails, barrel hood and bushing. I ran a bore-snake through the bore to remove any oil that may have been left by the manufacturer. I began the break-in over two range sessions one day apart. I did not clean the pistol between range trips. The first was at an indoor range, the second outdoor. Every fifty rounds I locked the slide back and put a drop of oil down the rear of each rail, and on the bushing end of the barrel. Then hand-cycled a few strokes to work the oil. Every 150 rounds I wiped and re-oiled the barrel hood. Magazines used: 30 McCormick 8-Round Power Mags 2 McCormick 8-Round Shooting Stars 2 Wilson Combat 8-Round 4 Pachmayr 7-Round 1 Ed Brown 7-Round (Supplied with the pistol) 2 GI 7-Round (circa 1960 with original followers and springs) Ammunition used: 350 Rounds 200 Grain Lead SWC Handloads 5.6 grains W231 100 Rounds 230 Grain Hornady FMC Handloads 5.5 grains W231 186 Rounds 230 Grain FMC TulAmmo Factory hardball I pre-loaded all the magazines with the lead SWC reloads. I would run two magazines, then rest the barrel a couple of minutes. I repeated this cycle through all magazines. After running all the magazines once with no MALFs, I used Power Mags to finish the ammunition.