Which 1911?

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  • Ed Brown Special Forces

    14 19.18%
  • Wilson Combat Tactical Supergrade

    13 17.81%
  • Les Baer Premeir 2

    6 8.22%
  • Other

    40 54.79%
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    Which 1911?

    Well it looks as if I may be working again in the next week or two (fingers crossed and extra prayers said), So even though it's a few months off I've begun looking for a new 1911.
    My current Pride and Joy is my Kimber.
    I am considering moving up a level. The guns I have in mind are the following:

    1) Ed Brown Special Forces
    2) Wilson Combat Tactical Super Grade
    3) Les Baer Premeir 2

    After looking over all 3 and handling them and getting an opinion from 2 Gunsmiths that I deal with, I'm leaning toward the Ed Brown (Which also happens to be the least expensive).

    The websites and gun articles are OK and I like and trust both smiths but now I'm requesting input from The Real Shooters, Which One?

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    George

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    Here is my advice;

    I have a Wilson Tactical Elite built on an STI Frame, a Rock River Arms custom, a Kimber CDP Compact and a matched pair of Les Baer Thunder Ranch Specials. If I was going to buy a new 1911 and didn't have these in my inventory I would buy the Thunder Ranch Special.

    IMO, dollar for dollar, this is the best 1911 made today.
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    I think the Ed Brown is in the $2000 range, the Wilson is $3695. I don't know what the Baer runs.

    Of the three, I'd go Brown. But I voted "Other".

    The "Other" would be a Yost-Bonitz Custom. They will build anything, any way you want it, but have a "1*" series of packages. The top one is the 1* Elite, which when built on a Colt supplied by them is $2295.

    I have a Springfield Operator they customized that's just wonderful. There isn't a part on that gun that wasn't improved in some way. I won it in a raffle last year, and handling and shooting it caused me to send them a Browning HiPower for customizing right ASAP.

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    which 1911

    I went with the Wilson Combat.One day I will have one.
    Have Fun and Shoot Straight !!

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    I go with the Ed Brown. Of course a Les Baer Thunder Ranch would be nice, too if it had an ambi safety.

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    I had to vote other because you are all over the board in the price ranges of these guns.

    3,700.00 - Wilson SG - I think out of line on price, but that's just me.

    1995.00 - EB SF - Cool gun proven quality, unique finish.

    1,300.00 to 1,400.00 - P-II - Great value, great shooter, less finish but a strong 1911 that will last for ever.

    Those are some pretty big differances in price point atleast.

    If your going semi-custom I'd also go with a TRS! the P-II is the best value for sure though. For that kind of money a Night Hawk is right there in the mix also, so I would look at them too.

    But for me, I would most definately go with the YOBO 1* pkg of your choice on a Colt platform depending on what you want to spend. 1*'s are hard to beat but they do come with a nice wait, but they are worth it.


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    The Thunder Ranch Special can be had with ambi-safety, both of mine have them. You just can't have the slim line grips if you order the ambi-safety.
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    I Like The Ed Brown

    I like everything about it except for the three holes that the metal eating termites bored through the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by acparmed
    The Thunder Ranch Special can be had with ambi-safety, both of mine have them. You just can't have the slim line grips if you order the ambi-safety.


    I didnt know that when I looked at them awhile ago. Was told you could only get one single sided safety, and I said for that much money and it doesn't come with ambi, I dont want it.

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    Colt for me, except for my Remington Rand that I use for matches.
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    Colt built the original, and as far as I'm concerned, the best
    1911-style pistol. There are some very well-built 1911-style
    guns out there that are NOT "Colt", but I doubt any of them are
    better than Colt.

    The "tactical" guns are pretty, but I'll stick with my Series '70
    Government Model .45.

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    I really like my Norinco 1911A1C luckily they are a few things that we can get that you guys can't. They are apparently coming out with a higher end 1911 government for IPSC.

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    Of those mentioned, I'd choose the Ed Brown Special Forces. But my first pick would be a Colt.
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    Well personaly i would buy a stock , cheap, 1911 of good quality say a springer ect.. then put a mudflap ( extended safety ) and a set of sights on it . Then put 1k or so rounds thro it and see what else i needed ( a melt package ect .. ) oh.. yea i almost forgot , " scateboard tape " or other non skid tape is cheap and can fill inn for a lot of custom checkering for a long time lol .
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