Rate the top 4 semi-custom builds

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


  1. 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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    #1 GOOFA, Oct 6, 2012
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  3. In no particular order...

    Springfield Custom

    Wilson

    Guncrafter

    Les Baer
     

  4. 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:
     
    #3 glock2740, Oct 6, 2012
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  5. All great shops for sure, when economics are figured in, Baers are hard to beat IMO.
     
  6. In no particular order, based a good blend of price/quality/uniqueness:

    Les Baer
    Nighthawk
    Springfield
    Wilson
     
  7. :agree:
     
  8. R0CKETMAN

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    True words Cody

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

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

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

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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
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. The standard finish on Baers is not up to some of the other semi-customs, but the build quality is awesome.
     
  14. Again, no particular order...
    Nighthawk
    Wilson
    Baer
    Brown

    On second thought, I'd say in that order.
     
  15. Wow, Nighthawk first?
     
  16. Yeah, I've got one I ordered direct from them in 2008, to my specs. I've yet to see anything nicer.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Nice.

    I've got one from 2007 and one from 2008. They are great 1911s for sure.
     
  18. 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.
     
    #17 glock2740, Oct 7, 2012
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  19. 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.
     
  20. Exactly
     
  21. 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.
     

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