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Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by fasteddie565, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver


    I stumbled upon an Ed Brown Kobra Carry Stainless, Previously owned, but NIB. Bobbed tail with a SN of 4XXX.

    I am normally a Kimber Man, but thought this was a good deal.

    I paid $2000.00 for it, what say ye?

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  2. akapennypincher

    akapennypincher Glock-O-Holic

    Truth can be found on the Ed Brown Web-site, as they list their retail prices there.

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    If its unfired and like new, you did very well. Prices are on the rise.

    I like Kimbers too, but you can't compare the two from a quality standpoint.
  4. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan

    Jul 15, 2010
    You did good! You won't be a Kimber man much longer. :thumbsup:
  5. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Double ditto. :cool:
  6. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

    Just be very careful not to catch a case of the "Brown Bug"....could prove bad to your wallet!!:supergrin:

    I picked up one just like yours in GEN III Black a couple years ago, and have had an urge to add to the collection, or maybe just another one to make a matched set and pick up an Urban Safari holster rig.

    Enjoy your new unit and shoot the snot outta' it. Good fun wth a good gun.
  7. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    Nice gun! Not bad as others have stated ... they are on the rise. I would love to find a non engraved centennial EE for a good price.
  8. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    2K is a great price on a NIB Kobra Carry. I have a Kobra full-size that I spent considerably more on, and had to wait 8 months for delivery while they built it!

    You got a good deal!
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    While I love my EB KC in Gen III, I think the Gen III finish SUCKS ASS!!!
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2012
  10. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver

    Speak you mind Brother, you are among friends here....:supergrin:

    I have about 300 rounds through this pistol now and am highly impressed. The action is as smooth as the prom queen's thighs.

    I passed on a Special Forces a few years back. I may have to reconsider......:embarassed:
  11. fasteddie565

    fasteddie565 Combat Diver

    I have read on other forums about the "Chain Link" checkering. As I studied it further, I am very impressed by this process and the effect it has handling / shooting this pistol.

    When you look at the Kimber attempt at "Custom" checkering on the Super carry line, it may look cool, but does not offer the same effect. (Oh God, 38 super fan was right!)
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  12. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    As long as the slide stop notch does not peen, like mine did,
    THREE TIMES, I'd say you did well.
    Mine was a 49xx serial number.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  13. you got ripped off! but don't worry, I would be happy to give you what you paid for it. what say ye?
  14. You did well.

    As for GEN III, it's a polymer based paint. No matter what they call it. They didn't invent it. They are buying it from somebody. As such, they went with a soft coating. That's NOT a bad thing. As if it was too hard, it would flake and chip. Which looks like crap.

    Most like GEN III for how it wears and it's corrosion resistance. It also does a good job of stopping corrosion even when visible wear. I've never seen one rust and I work in salty environments.'s NOT a tennifer / metal type treatment. It's paint. Like most of these shake-n-bake finishes sold by all makers.

  15. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    Good deal :)

    From what I read:

    20-24 month wait right now for a new Brown 1911. I bought my Brown from George (MI Gunslinger) about 2 years ago and it was a 8 month wait at that point.

    I have had a Wilson on order since Feb, 15+ months is the latest I have heard as far as build time. It is a .38 Super and I guess the .38 and 9mm are taking a bit longer than .45ACP to build right now.

    I think you have done well :)
  16. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    Triple Ditto. :cool:

    The Ed Brown 1911's are no comparison to Kimber in any way what so ever.
  17. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    I've heard this from several people. Is it a durability issue?

    How does it compare to Wilson Combat's Armor Tuff finish?
  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Wilson's AT is WAY better than EB's Gen III crap. I'm sure you've seen some of my guns and seen that I've had several finishes NEOH. :cool:
  19. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    It's a shame about Brown's finishes. As I said, I've heard several people say the finish just didn't hold up and started to show holster wear rather quickly.

    I guess if I buy another Brown in the future, I'll get it in stainless again or else send it to Wilson Combat to have it finished in Armor Tuff!