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Ed Brown???

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by johnnyt00, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. johnnyt00

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    I've been looking at a new 1911, I just purchased my first about 6 months ago a springfield loaded stainless. Needless to say I love the springer and it has performed flawless but I have recently been reading some good things about Ed Browns 1911's, I really like the looks of many of his models nice and clean, perfect lines etc. Are they Really worth the xtra $$$. Any info on this would be great. Another reason I was thinking about brown instead of a nice kimber or a baer is that his shop is only about 20 miles from where I live and if I spend that kind of scratch on a new handgun it would be nice to know i could take it right to his shop if there was a problem. Again thanks.
     
  2. I am also looking to get my first semi-custom 1911. Ed Brown and Les Baer are my top two choices, in your case, if you dont find spending a few more $, I would go with the EB, to me, a 1911 is forever.. and if you ever need customer service, just put your flip flops on and start walking... what model are you looking at?
     


  3. big68

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    Worth every penny. I am in KCMO and if you are lucky enough, he may give you a tour of the shop. Brown hands down!!
     
  4. drc767

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    I have had or have all of the above mentioned semi-customs and believe the Les Baer TRS is the absolute best bang for the buck going right now in the under $2,000 price point. Browns are nice, but the Baer is a bit better, in my humble opinion.
     
  5. Zombie Steve

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    Mine's had a lot of rounds through it and I couldn't ask for a better performing 1911. Very accurate and still very tight. Everything's made from bar stock / no injection molded parts... I say worth it.
     
  6. bac1023

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  7. RaiderCop

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    +1 for Ed Brown. My wonderful wife got me an EB Class A Limited for my first Father’s Day. EB dropped the Class A Limited line years ago. They were truly a custom order gun with an entire build sheet of options to choose from; caliber, sights, safeties, barrel, etc. Mine is a blued 5” .45 ACP with a bull barrel and serrated slide top. Fit and finish are what you’d expect and she shoots like a dream. The trigger is like breaking a glass rod and the safety has a nice positive snap. If I ever get another EB it will be a Kobra Carry, blue over stainless!

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    Don't tell Roger Goodell, Al Davis or the NFLPA about the grips!
     
  8. Krigloch

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    hey guys, seems like a good enough thread for this question...
    How's the Chainlink front strap on the Special Forces? I read somewhere that it was pretty sharp.
     
  9. ronin.45

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    I don't think you would be disappointed in the EB or the Baer. I like some of the EB models more though.
     
  10. teflondog

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    You can't go wrong with any of the semi customs. They're worth the extra money if you appreciate all the nuances of a well built 1911. A Springfield Loaded will get the job done and last you a lifetime, but there's something about a semi custom that feels "special" when I hold it. I've always compared the big 3 semi custom companies with cars.

    -Les Baers are like muscle cars: they perform well and are built like tanks.
    -Ed Browns are like a luxury Mercedes/BMW: they perform well and have an understated classy elegance.
    -Wilson Combats are like Ferraris/Lamborghinis: they perform well, they can be customized to look more flashy, and they have additional features that you may or may not need.

    If you notice, the one thing they have in common is that they all perform well. If you're on a budget then Les Baer provides very good value in a semi custom package. If you want to splurge a little more then Ed Brown and Wilson Combat are both worth looking into. I don't find them to perform any better than my Baers but I will admit that their firearms have better finishes.

    Here's my Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special (top) with my Ed Brown Special Forces (bottom).

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    Last edited: Feb 16, 2010
  11. teflondog

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    I find it more aggressive than 30 lpi checkering but less aggressive than 20 lpi. It falls somewhere in the middle imo. What I like most about the chainlink is that I have a much easier time cleaning the gunk out of it compared to standard checkering.
     
  12. bac1023

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    Ed Browns are top notch semi customs.

    Here's my Classic Custom and Kobra Carry. :)


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  13. MD357

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    That pretty much sums up my view. +1
     
  14. G36_Me

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    I have an EB and a Kimber (and a Glock) and more.

    Bought the Kimber for the same reason I bought the Glock: why not. Fell in love with the Glock G36. Wouldn't buy another Kimber. (their attitude sucks and the gun is just not that good.)

    Now the EB, perfect in every way. Perfect.
     
  15. Officer's Match

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    Thanks for posting that. That's the first bull barrelled EB I've seen. Nice.
     
  16. bac1023

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    Pretty close :)
     
  17. Ruggles

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    Just ordered my 2nd Brown. The Baer would be a good choice as well. Since Brown is close to your home I would really would go Brown if I were you. Either way you will be happy.
     
  18. bac1023

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    When are you expecting it? :cool:
     
  19. Krigloch

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    hmm, I've only felt 20lpi. Which I dont like. It's just way too grippy.