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Which is higher quality -- Les Baer or Ed Brown?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Freedom101, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Freedom101

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    What are the pros/cons of a Les Baer and Ed Brown 1911? Which is more reliable?......more hand fitted or more consistant build quality???

    Any info is appreciated.
     
  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    Ed Brown is a nicer overall package.
    If you are looking for a hard use gun, then the Baer.

    I prefer the Springfield Custom Shop guns over either of them.
     

  3. Ruggles

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    Quack gives good advice. I prefer m Brown over the Baer I had. I sold the Baer after I got the Brown as I felt the Brown was a better gun IMO. I prefer Wilson over both I think, hard to say whihc I would buy next a Brown or Wilson. Really can not go wrong with any of the guns mentioned so far IMO.

    P.S. Stay away from flat triggers on 1911, they are for guys mostly trying to compensate for lack of "something" physically :)
     
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  4. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    I won't say which is "best" overall since it's subjective.

    Baer

    Pros - Kart barrel, usually cheaper in price, can be ordered with 20 LPI checkering. There quite a few high round Baer's floating around, they seem to hold up pretty well.

    Cons - Fewer options, lousy sights (IMO)


    Brown -

    Pros - More options, nicer bluing

    Cons - Will cost a little more than a Baer. I've seen quite a few Kobra Karry's with tight extractors. If you want to count it.
     
  5. bac1023

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    Browns are more refined for sure.

    Baers are tighter, generally speaking. I tend to prefer the way Baers shoot for me, at least.

    Both are great 1911s.
     
  6. R0CKETMAN

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    Easy, for the money, aka ROI, Baer. Why you ask? Just as good or better than a Brown for quite a bit less.
     
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    Compared to a Les Baer, Ed Brown's aren't hand fit. That is not necessarily bad - Brown's are pretty much home made from CAD design to final assembly. But if a hard fit and hand fit is what you want, a Baer is much more in line than a Brown.
     
  8. HAIL CAESAR

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    Good post.

    It is really like this;

    Do you like vanilla or chocolate ice cream? Both are great but different, depending on your tastes.
     
  9. quantico

    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

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    I think both are well made accurate high end 1911's. I think the ed brown looks better and has a higher attention to detail. I think the baer is more suited to rough use as a duty gun. The baer starts out very tight. The brown feels extremely smooth and moves easily.
     
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    I've had both. The Brown is much more refined and smoother. The Baer was a bear when new it was so tight. I'm amazed it even fed ammo. It did loosen up with use, and probably lapped itself into a perfect fit. A friend wanted a higher end gun, so I sold him the Baer. We never bonded like I did with the Brown. Resale value is much better with the Browns.
     
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    I've got two Baers and one Brown, and I agree with this completely.

    While my Brown is smoother and a little better finished, my Baers shoot better for me. I would buy another Baer in a second. While my Brown is not for sale, I don't think I will ever feel a bond with it like I do both of my Baers. Of course, it's all subjective. The very next post might be a guy saying the exact opposite.
     
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    I prefer Baers, but honestly, either will be reliable, accurate and last longer than 95% of people care to shoot it.
     
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    I have 4 Baers and 1 Brown so I guess I am little biased in this but I will admit that the level of finish(bluing anyway) is better on the Brown products.As far as accuracy,I shoot the Baers a little better than the Brown.

    Customer service wise,Brown eats Baers lunch.

    I had a slide flattened and serrated a trigger job sights replaced and the pistol re-blued and back in my hands in 1 week from Ed Brown. :wow:

    Regards,
    DAT85
     
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    What makes some people think that a Baer would be better suited to "hard use" than a Brown?
     
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    Well said, Al. :cool:
     
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    I'm not sure that they are. However, they do have much more the feeling of a "working man's" 1911 than a Brown does.

    That's just my opinion, of course.
     
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    I have 3 Baers and love them all! The Baer product shoots very well for me since day one. No Brown's but I would consider the Kobra Carry but would probably be farthest on my must have list at the moment.
     
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