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Who has the better custom 1911, Nighthawk,Wilson Combat,or Ed Brown

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Glock22-007, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. Glock22-007

    Glock22-007

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    Want opinions on which of those 3 custom gun manufacturers is the best.


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  2. ijacek

    ijacek

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    Look at the guide in Bac's signature line, it covers a lot of what you asking!
     


  3. Rumbler_G20

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    "The best" in terms of what?

    Target accuracy? Combat reliability? Esthetic finish?


    Not enough info! :supergrin:
     
  4. Glock22-007

    Glock22-007

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    Overall performance,looks,feel,etc. I know customs aren't cheap but I just want to know what the public likes in a custom handgun.


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  5. rickrope

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    The one I would pick may not be the same as the you would pick.
     
  6. 20South

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    Of the three you named - it's Wilson for me. However, it is my opinion that with all the price increases, they aren't competitive as a value purchase anymore. Nighthawk builds some nice pistols, but for nearly the same price as a Wilson I wouldn't want to feel like I was rolling the dice as to what my experience was going to be. Ed Brown just doesn't do it for me. Not that he doesn't build a great 1911 - because I think he does.

    If I were spending my money today, it would be Guncrafter or SACS.
     
  7. SpringerTGO

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    I learned my lesson. I would NEVER buy another Nighthawk.
     
  8. rahrah12

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    I can't comment on who builds the "best." I have heard nothing but great things about Wilson and Ed Brown - just don't ask him for an interview.

    But, I can tell you why I went with the Ed Brown. The Kobra Carry caught my eye. Thought it looked fantastic.

    I was able to hold/fondle one and compare it to other 1911s in the shop.

    This was before their two price increases - I felt like I was getting a great value for my buck in that price range.

    I also liked that their 3 main pistols (Kobra, Special Forces, Executive) are all built the same. Really the only differences are the front strap checkering and side serrations.

    I liked that I didn't have to pay extra to upgrade to bullet proof parts and things like that.
     
  9. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    Oh really. :supergrin:
     
  10. up1911fan

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    Of the 3 i'd go with Wilson. You also have the most options with Wilson. I like Baers and would include them in your list. Ed Brown builds a great gun too!! Don't forget though, Ed Brown is rude...:upeyes:
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    This and Wilson are my two top picks.
     
  12. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Weapon only,.......Ed Brown.

    Add in customer service,.......Wilson hands down.
     
  13. Ruggles

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    I have not owned a Nighthawk, not for any reason just have not purchased one yet. Can not speak to them. Same with Gun Crafters.

    I have owned 1 Baer (TRS Comanche), 1 Brown (Kobra Carry) and a couple of Wilsons (CQB Elite and CQB Compact) and have a Wilson Classic on order.

    I would say Wilson, Brown and then Baer IMO. I would say Brown builds the best looking 1911s around. :) I am not sure there is a huge amount of difference in reality between the three.

    I also agree the pricing is getting to the point where I am not ready to spend that much anymore for a single gun. There are so many great 1911s on the market now from $750-$1400 now that I am not sure why I would. This Wilson Classic might be my last 1911 from these makers :(
     
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  14. Texas Bulldog

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    I have all 3, and i will never buy another Nighthawk... way overpriced for what you get.

    no shock Wilson and Brown are great but i do like my Ed Brown more than my wilson's. One i don't own yet but i really want is a Les Baer... that and a Guncrafter
     
  15. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

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    Has this become the standard answer for ANY question regarding 1911's ?
    :dunno:
     
  16. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Was that what I posted? :dunno:
     
  17. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    The GunCrafter I can understand, but I did not think you cared for Baers.
    You Fusion still treating ya right? It has to be one of the best lookers I've seen!
     
  18. James Dean

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    I really need to get my hands on an Ed. Brown to see what its all about.