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gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 10:53
I came into a bit of money and have decided to pick up a new 1911. I was thinking (and still am) of an Ed Brown but I want to also consider lesser 1911s. I'll be checking LGSs the weekend to get a feel for S&W's E Series and others.

Any recommendations are welcome. ;)

okie
03-15-2012, 10:57
Ed Brown makes an awesome 1911 for sure. I sure do like my Springfield Armory, Range Officer. You could buy an RO and a butt load of ammo, or get the Ed Brown:thumbsup:

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p64/okie1911/001.jpg

infidel66687
03-15-2012, 11:37
I love my Springfield.

BigDog[RE]
03-15-2012, 11:38
Another vote for Springfield. I shot out the barrel on mine, sent it in and they replaced everything on the gun except the frame under warranty. Awesome customer service!

Rumbler_G20
03-15-2012, 11:42
I can't make a conscientious recommendation without knowing the intended use of the pistol :crying:


I've got Wilsons, Browns, Baers. All three with different intended uses right from the "factory".

gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 11:44
I'll be shooting the pistol at the range.

Rumbler_G20
03-15-2012, 11:50
I'll be shooting the pistol at the range.


I urge you to consider:

http://www.clarkcustomguns.com

Clark Custom Guns.

I'm unaware of anyone who does a better job than Jim (Jr. or Sr.) building range guns. They have been at it over 50 years.:wow:

'hope this helps.

HarleyGuy
03-15-2012, 11:54
I have several .45's but I'd like to get two more.
A Colt, a Glock 36 I thinkt.:supergrin:

In the mix I have a Kimber UltraCDPII, a Sig P-220 and a Springfield V-16 .45 Super,all of which are great shooting (and looking) guns.

Mushinto
03-15-2012, 12:04
For factory 1911, I would recommend Colt and then, Springfield Armory. Okie's Range Officer is an awesome value.

If you are willing to spend more money, Wilson Combat is absolutely the best in terms of quality, reliability and above all the rest in customer service.

A personal note: Ed Brown does not even know the meaning of customer service, much less offer it.

DesertEagle
03-15-2012, 12:10
I came into a bit of money and have decided to pick up a new 1911. I was thinking (and still am) of an Ed Brown but I want to also consider lesser 1911s. I'll be checking LGSs the weekend to get a feel for S&W's E Series and others.

Any recommendations are welcome. ;)

I picked up a S&W 1911 as both my first .45 and my first 1911 late last year, and I've been nothing but pleased as punch.

Great looker, great shooter.

Previous owner polished off all the S&W branding on the slide, but that's fine with me. Honestly makes it a little sleeker, just plain more or less unmarked stainless slide, nice cocobolo grips, and a great trigger.

gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 12:13
A personal note: Ed Brown does not even know the meaning of customer service, much less offer it.Sounds like there may be a story there... ;)

gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 12:14
I picked up a S&W 1911 as both my first .45 and my first 1911 late last year, and I've been nothing but pleased as punch.
If you don't mind my asking, where'd you get it?

nastytrigger
03-15-2012, 12:20
For a first 1911, I recommend the Range Officer for a nice range gun.

Rinspeed
03-15-2012, 12:21
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/LAV-2.jpg

DesertEagle
03-15-2012, 12:21
If you don't mind my asking, where'd you get it?

Gun store in Kennesaw - right off 575 at barrett pky, GA Firing Line. Nice place, used to hang out there on my lunch breaks and oogle stuff I couldn't afford :D

Staff tend to be Sig afficianado's.

The S&W has a few bells and whistles, but won't break the bank. I couldn't drop 2-3 grand on a real nice custom job, so a few of the common tweaks to the 1911 platform were good enough. Better than a bone stock mil spec, but not tweaked and peaked like a Baer or Springfield match or something - but also not as hard a hit in the pocketbook. Besides, I'm more of a "decent accuracy practical pistol that I could slap in Tucker leather and tote around" - the Tucker leather is on order ;)

If I dropped 3k on a 1911 I'd probably end up safe queening it. But then that also reflects the fact that it would be about 1/10th my gross income for the year.

gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 12:23
For a first 1911, I recommend the Range Officer for a nice range gun.It's not my first, but I like that gun.

gwalchmai
03-15-2012, 12:24
Gun store in Kennesaw - right off 575 at barrett pky, GA Firing Line. Nice place, used to hang out there on my lunch breaks and oogle stuff I couldn't afford :D

Staff tend to be Sig afficianado's.Thanks. I have seen it.

Roering
03-15-2012, 12:25
Go to the 1911 forum. There you will find a gentleman who goes by BAC 1023 or something like that. At the bottom of his post is a "buyer's guide"

He is a great resource of 1911 info.

Good luck.

ET.
03-15-2012, 12:41
Yet another vote for an SA Range Officer. I bought mine last year and simply love it for range use.

Cochese
03-15-2012, 12:52
Trp ftw.

deputy tom
03-15-2012, 14:35
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/LAV-2.jpg

Not to jack this thread but that Colt NM is a beauty.
Now to answer the OP's question only you can decide what to buy. Me? I'm a cheap bastage and I vote SA Loaded series. Good luck in your quest.tom.:cool:

madAB
03-15-2012, 16:01
I really like the TRP. For the money, I don't think it can be beat.

RDW
03-15-2012, 16:07
Colt Series 70!

GreenDrake
03-15-2012, 16:31
Wilson Combat CQB

http://www.tactical-life.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/wilson.jpg

Cochese
03-15-2012, 17:01
Another option...

If I had a spare $2,300 laying around..

http://wilsoncombat.com/new/handgun-spec-ops-9.asp

syntaxerrorsix
03-15-2012, 17:03
Go to the 1911 forum. There you will find a gentleman who goes by BAC 1023 or something like that. At the bottom of his post is a "buyer's guide"

He is a great resource of 1911 info.

Good luck.
We are fortunate enough to have him here too.

Powder
03-15-2012, 17:06
STI Edge :embarassed:

wrx04
03-15-2012, 17:13
<$1000= STI Trojan
<$1500= Springfield TRP
<$2000= Les Baer or DW Valor
<$2500= Wilson CQB/ Guncrafter Industries/ Ed Brown/ SACS
Money is no object= Wilson supergrade/ Infinity/ John Harrison

My opinion:wavey:

You really need to look at BAC's buyers guide though.....its pretty damn good.

Slug71
03-15-2012, 17:19
Para Ordnance's .45 GAP

Atlas
03-15-2012, 17:53
You should choose according to the type box in which it's packaged.
They say that the really good 1911 pistols are packaged in a cardboard box... :cool:

Magnus2131
03-15-2012, 19:29
http://i436.photobucket.com/albums/qq90/Magnus2131/DSC_0012.jpg

Zombie Steve
03-15-2012, 19:38
I highly recommend you get a bunch of holster wear on a Brown. Never needed their customer service. The thing won't stop running.



http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x214/sbecht/IMG_0512.jpg





:thumbsup:





I'll add that I still have a TRP for gun games, and have shot a ton of 1911's from RIA to Baer & Wilson. I just love the Brown.

:hearts:

HarleyGuy
03-15-2012, 19:46
;18714095']Another vote for Springfield. I shot out the barrel on mine, sent it in and they replaced everything on the gun except the frame under warranty. Awesome customer service!

I have two Springfields, both of which are not well suited for daily carry.

THe V-16 .45 Super, 6" barrel shoots very well.

The V-10 .45ACP double stack shoots very low (at least for me).
I've been told that it may improve if I run a few hundred rounds through it. I've had it for a number of years and probably haven't shot a full box of ammo through it.
Loaded, in an IWB holster, I have to wear suspenders to keep my pants up!:supergrin:

Mushinto
03-15-2012, 20:55
Sounds like there may be a story there... ;)

Two stories. Fool me once, ... etc.

sombunya
03-15-2012, 22:15
No votes for Les Baer?

zoyter2
03-16-2012, 01:23
..................
A personal note: Ed Brown does not even know the meaning of customer service, much less offer it.

So, someone else who has attempted to deal with Ed. He is a real jewel isn't he.
:rofl:

SVTNate
03-16-2012, 02:03
I currently have a Special Forces rail as a nightstand gun.

I have three more on order, all custom builds. An Executive Elite, Special Forces (no rail), and a Kobra.

I also own two custom Colts and a Nighthawk Talon. I've owned a Wilson CQB, two Baers, a Springfield PRO, a Springfield TRP, and others in the past.

It is my opinion that Ed Brown builds an excellent 1911. If you like them, buy one without hesitation. Or a Nighthawk, or a Wilson. Quality is equal amongst those 3 makers IMO. It's not even worth getting into my opinions of those 3. The bottom line is that in my ownership experience, I would recommend you pick one you like and buy it. You cannot go wrong with any of them. Or Springfield Custom, for that matter. Baer makes a great gun too, but it's cheaper and shows in fit/finish IMO.

Ed Brown is known as being a hard guy to deal with. Luckily for us, he doesn't answer the phones. I've known several people to get great customer service from Ed Brown Products, Inc. - myself included. Unlike people who just watch stupid YouTube videos of a guy whining about an interview, I own their guns, have custom 1911's built with Brown parts, and I've enjoyed great customer service from Ed Brown. Not directed at anyone in particular, mind you - I'm just saying that I have a positive experience and my opinion isn't just based on internet hearsay or that crybaby on YouTube.

zoyter2
03-16-2012, 02:42
I currently have a Special Forces rail as a nightstand gun.

I have three more on order, all custom builds. An Executive Elite, Special Forces (no rail), and a Kobra.

I also own two custom Colts and a Nighthawk Talon. I've owned a Wilson CQB, two Baers, a Springfield PRO, a Springfield TRP, and others in the past.

It is my opinion that Ed Brown builds an excellent 1911. If you like them, buy one without hesitation. Or a Nighthawk, or a Wilson. Quality is equal amongst those 3 makers IMO. It's not even worth getting into my opinions of those 3. The bottom line is that in my ownership experience, I would recommend you pick one you like and buy it. You cannot go wrong with any of them. Or Springfield Custom, for that matter. Baer makes a great gun too, but it's cheaper and shows in fit/finish IMO.

Ed Brown is known as being a hard guy to deal with. Luckily for us, he doesn't answer the phones. I've known several people to get great customer service from Ed Brown Products, Inc. - myself included. Unlike people who just watch stupid YouTube videos of a guy whining about an interview, I own their guns, have custom 1911's built with Brown parts, and I've enjoyed great customer service from Ed Brown. Not directed at anyone in particular, mind you - I'm just saying that I have a positive experience and my opinion isn't just based on internet hearsay or that crybaby on YouTube.

You are correct. Ed Brown builds some of the world's finest 1911s. They are truly functional works of art. He is also an rude smart mouth. There are many others who are not, and have no illusions that they are "above the common unwashed" who pay for their guns. I will continue to support them.

gwalchmai
03-16-2012, 04:43
I highly recommend you get a bunch of holster wear on a Brown. Never needed their customer service. The thing won't stop running.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x214/sbecht/IMG_0512.jpgDang, Steve, do you have to shoot at targets with that thing or can you just poke them with the barrel? Very nice. :supergrin:

2cats
03-16-2012, 05:02
I had a Wilson CQB back in 2002-2004. It never ran well. For the first year, Wilson would not take the gun back to look at it. After one year, they buffed the feed ramp, sent it back, and it still didn't run well. I sold it.

In local IDPA clubs, I saw what I think was called a Supergrade Elite and a Supergrade Tactical - whatever their top of the line with adjustable and fixed sights were called back then. Two different owners. The guns didn't run well at all; never came close to making it through a night. Have no idea if they talked to Wilson about it.

For that kind of money, I'd need to know that a Wilson is a better gun than that, or I'd go custom.

choppergerry
03-16-2012, 05:19
For target shooting, Colt Gold Cup National Match is a nice pistol.

Psychman
03-16-2012, 05:19
http://www.ruger.com/products/sr1911/images/6700.jpg

Nestor
03-16-2012, 05:24
I'll be shooting the pistol at the range.

Go 9mm like I did.
Colt MKIV series 80 :)

Nestor
03-16-2012, 05:26
No votes for Les Baer?

No love for the cardboard box gun around.