High End 1911

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ala Dan View Post
    When faced with pursuing a "high end 1911", I looked at all of 'em;
    and finally decided on the 5" Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special; and
    I haven't been disappointed~!
    What I love about that type of weapon, is a no nonsense type that runs and won't let you down.Of the three L Bears I own it's the Concept VI that I carry the most.

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    I agree with Mr. Garrity regarding top/high end culminating at the full-house custom. As mentioned though, each consumer draws his or her own lines in the sand regarding price point and levels of quality, perceived or otherwise.

    The bottom line (if there can be said to be such a thing), is there are MANY nice 1911s available for ALL kinds of budgets. Bad press to the contrary, most of then function just as well as wonder-nines. Springfields, Colts, DW, RRA, Kimber, Sig, Taurus, RIA etc, ad nauseum, they all make perfectly fine handguns. I would suggest that the "custom shop" offerings of a few of the above might push into the next category, the "semi-custom".

    WC, Nighthawk, EB, Les Baer, these are produce amazing machines. The last time I attended SAXET, I fondled one of the new WC CQB 10mm offerings. The action was like butter and it sat in my hand like an old friend. Likewise the next one I handled was an EB Special Forces (sans rollmarks even!), simply out of this world precision.

    Personally though, and getting back to Mr. Garrrity's point, the end of the road/top of the line/magnum opus grouping is quite solidly the family of full-house custom guns. These 1911s, IMHO, are the equivalent of sole-proprietor custom knives, pieces of art which not only match but often exceed the precision and reliability of their higher-end production counterparts.

    Does a CCW/CHL carrier NEED a $3000+ handgun? I can't even speculate. Not only has the completely moot point been done to death, but it's quite simply not my decision to make for anyone besides yours truly.

    I didn't NEED to upgrade from my Benchmade CQC7 to my Chris Reeve Sebenza. I most certainly didn't NEED to then upgrade from that to my Deryk Munroe Stormcrow. But do you know what? Every time I open that knife, whether it's to cut open a package, to trim a rogue piece of plastic off one of my daughter's toys, or skin nettles off one of our dogs, I get a little thrill of joy at handling the knife. That makes it worth it to me.

    For the same reason I'm patiently waiting on Mr. Christiansen's list.

    In closing, my adivce to the OP, try as many different 1911 options as humanly possible. Find the one that "does it" for you. Buy it. Make sure it'll eat whatever ammo you see fit to feed it. Give it a good belt and holster. Then wear it and shoot it safely and securely.


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    If $$$ were absolutely no object I would go with a full blown custom carry package done by one of the top 1911 smiths worked up on an earlier Colt Combat Commander.
    I have a few names in mind.
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    I have a few names in mind.
    Well?
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Diligentia Vis Celeritas"

    "There is very little new, and the forgotten is constantly being rediscovered."
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    Well?
    Ned Christiansen
    Ted Yost
    Hilton Yam
    Chuck Rogers
    Bob Rodgers
    Vic Tibbits & Alex Zimmerman (Guncrafter Ind.)
    Larry Vickers

    to name a few.


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    Don't forget John Harrison.
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Diligentia Vis Celeritas"

    "There is very little new, and the forgotten is constantly being rediscovered."
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    That would be some very enjoyable contemplation for me.
    Deciding what exact amazing talented smith I would happily hand all of my piles of money over to.


    Jardine is one I sure would consider.





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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    Don't forget John Harrison.
    Precision Gunworks, right?

    Mr. Harrison does some gorgeous (and functional) work.

    There are definitely more names.
    He asked for a few!
    ;)


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    But, if I were a younger guy...with mucho extra bucks.

    I WOULD have one ULTIMATE full blown custom handgun built by each of the top name custom gunsmiths.

    Then I would "safe queen" them.

    I would probably also see if I could track down an early "minty" Swenson to add into that collection.

    And then when I was finally ready to retire...I would send them off to auction.

    I would get more of a dollar return on that initial investment than by any other means possible.

    That is what I would do if I was younger and with what I know now.

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    Ed Brown Special Forces Commander

    I have one that is Gen III coated and a special order, plain slide with Novak night sights. Awesome gun, more options than Wilson and many of the "Custom" 1911 makers use Ed Brown Parts.

    Damn nice workmanship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBozo View Post
    I have one that is Gen III coated and a special order, plain slide with Novak night sights. Awesome gun, more options than Wilson and many of the "Custom" 1911 makers use Ed Brown Parts.
    Damn nice workmanship.
    Ken Lunde just got an identical one. His pictures of it are up on the sigforum. I saw a full-sized EB Special Forces at a gun show a little while ago without rollmarks, simply gorgeous. I love the chain link/scallop machining on the front and back straps.


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