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Rate the top 4 semi-custom builds

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by GOOFA, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. GOOFA

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    We've kicked this around for years, but in light of price increases and the current economic situation, how would you rate the top 4 mfrs. of semi-custom 1911's?

    Guncrafter

    Wilson Combat

    Springfield Custom

    NightHawk
     
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  2. bac1023

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    In no particular order...

    Springfield Custom

    Wilson

    Guncrafter

    Les Baer
     

  3. glock2740

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    I would rate the top 4 IMO and in no certain order as:
    Guncrafter
    Wilson
    Brown
    SACS

    Tie for fifth:
    Baer
    Nighthawk

    Although I would classify all 6 of the above mentioned to all be in the same class, with all worthy of owning. I own some of each. :cool:
     
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  4. 38 Super Fan

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    All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.
     
  5. PlasticGuy

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    In no particular order, based a good blend of price/quality/uniqueness:

    Les Baer
    Nighthawk
    Springfield
    Wilson
     
  6. bac1023

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    :agree:
     
  7. R0CKETMAN

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    True words Cody

    None mentioned so far are built like a Baer...none:wavey:
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I would agree with this,.....assuming price was not a factor.
    I have owned a Brown, Wilson, Baer, & Guncrafter.
    The GI is by far the best semi-custom when pricing is a consideration.
     
  9. bac1023

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    I feel Guncrafter and Springfield Custom build them tight like Baer does.

    I hear what you're saying though.
     
  10. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Never cared for the way Les cares to finish his 1911s.
    Bluing is nice, but prep work is sub-par........IMO
     
  11. Officer's Match

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    I agree. My list, in order, would be:

    1. Les Baer
    2. SACS
    3. Wilson Combat
    4. Ed Brown

    I've no doubt Guncrafter would be on there (displacing EB - don't know where GC would rank) if I ever get around to owning one.
     
  12. bac1023

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    The standard finish on Baers is not up to some of the other semi-customs, but the build quality is awesome.
     
  13. HexHead

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    Again, no particular order...
    Nighthawk
    Wilson
    Baer
    Brown

    On second thought, I'd say in that order.
     
  14. bac1023

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    Wow, Nighthawk first?
     
  15. HexHead

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    Yeah, I've got one I ordered direct from them in 2008, to my specs. I've yet to see anything nicer.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. bac1023

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    Nice.

    I've got one from 2007 and one from 2008. They are great 1911s for sure.
     
  17. glock2740

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    I agree. :cool: They cost a little more than most Baer's, but you get your money's worth. Plus, Alex is hands on.
     
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  18. glock2740

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    I agree with both statements. I think Les is more about the performance than the aesthetics. Might be why he can turn them out for less money.
     
  19. bac1023

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    Exactly
     
  20. MD357

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    Take you pick....

    Baer, SACS, Brown, Wilson, GC... you're splitting hairs.




























    Nighthawk. Sorry, they've just gone downhil IMO. I don't understand asking big boy money for a 1911 and slapping a Kimber ambi-safety on it.