Wanted: Opinions


September 22, 2006, 02:23 PM
As with anyone on here, I have a gun purchasing decision to make. I have analyzed both options to death and am getting nowhere! :banghead:

Option 1: "The Family Heirloom"
Pistol - Ed Brown Kobra Carry (SS)
Pro's - Fine semi-custom that excudes quality and refinement. This pistol will be the epitome of my collection and likely handed down to my kids. It will also serve as a center piece on the Thanksgiving table and sit on top of the tree at Christmas.
Con's - Price. More, less expensive options.

Option 2: "The Combo"
Pistols - SA 1911 TRP and Sig Psomething Equinox
Pro's - More guns for less money! Both are of excellent quality and would be a lot of fun. I currently own a SA 1911 Loaded (selling for this purchase) and had a P229 that I liked but was not in love with.
Cons - Not a lot of "wow" factor. Not upper echelon in quality, but still excellent. My GF and pistols don't mix. She hates all guns.

I'm leaning towards the EB, but my stance changes every 15 minutes.


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September 22, 2006, 02:29 PM
Ed Brown makes some of the best 1911. The difference in price is, IMHO, well worth it. Get the Kobra and you will not be disapointed.

September 22, 2006, 03:58 PM
Any of these are quality handguns that will last a lifetime and then some. Don't think only the Ed Brown will last long enough to hand down to your kids. It really comes down to which one you personally like the best, which one you shoot best, and which one you're willing to pay for.

September 22, 2006, 04:13 PM
If this is the beginning of your collection,go w the Ed Brown 1st. You'll have a jewell 1st off. The only thing is, after shooting it for a while, you'll be comparing everything to it.

September 22, 2006, 04:21 PM

September 22, 2006, 04:22 PM
I agree with previous posters. If you have the means to obtain the Ed Brown now, do so. Life is funny you may not always have the opportunity. Especially if you marry the girlfriend. :-)

If you go the other route, not to take away from otherwise fine pistols, you'll always wonder, ""What would the Brown have been like?"

I've been there and done that. About 20 years ago I had the chance to obtain a VERY VERY VERY early FN Hi-Power in absolutely PERFECT condition. Think the "Hope Diamond" of Hi-Powers. I passed and have been kicking myself ever since.

September 22, 2006, 04:25 PM
I am going with a preference for Option 2 (not to take away from Option 1)...

All three weapons are excellent choices,

In Option 2 you get 2 for (less than) the price of one... and it Gives you more options as times - and thoughts - change...

Black Majik
September 22, 2006, 04:28 PM
Go for the Ed Brown. You go with option 2, you'll still be looking at a Ed Brown, and end up spending more money

Definitely go with the Ed Brown!

September 22, 2006, 04:31 PM
My GF and pistols don't mix. She hates all guns.

Honestly, this line here, which everyone else missed, is the answer to your question.

Buy one gun. Go with option 1.

Why? Because you're going to get crap for it. If you buy two, you're going to get twice as much crap for it. Cut your loses and get the gun worth the crap you're going to get from GF.

September 22, 2006, 04:36 PM
If you have the desire for the KC, it won't go away. What Black Majik said.....

I never regretted it. :)

September 22, 2006, 04:39 PM
The problem with buying a Brown as your first gun is you'll be spoiled. Every other pistol you look at will leave something to be desired when compared to it.

But to be honest I'd go for the TRP and Sig. The Brown is a very fine gun, but I'm a value kind of person, to me it's not worth double a TRP for example. And I don't have a horse in this race, don't own any of the pistols mentioned.

Slvr Surfr
September 22, 2006, 04:52 PM
Option 3:

Dump the girlfriend which equals money savings and get all three!!!!! :neener:

Just kidding. Get The KC. Once you do you may realize that you dont need anything else.

Variety is the spice of life !

Bazooka Joe71
September 22, 2006, 05:04 PM
I'd go with option 3:neener: J/K

If you go with option one, there is no question you will have the sweetest christmas tree on the block!:D

But if it were me, id go with option 2, both of those guns would be excellent. Plus, it sounds like the EB would be a safe queen and thats just not fun.

But not that my opinion matters, because i think we both know you are going to end up with the EB.

September 22, 2006, 05:19 PM
There's an Ed Brown KC for sale in the Trading Post forum right now. You should check it out.


September 22, 2006, 05:39 PM
We've all been there, my friend! I'd go with the Ed Brown. One thing to consider: relationships with firearms can be for life...relationships with other people are much more unpredictable :D !

Whatever you decide be happy with your decision; you really can't go wrong.

Have fun,

September 22, 2006, 05:54 PM
Ed Brown hands down!

Jamie C.
September 22, 2006, 06:29 PM
I'm old and cranky, so I'm leaning toward option 3, lose the girlfriend and buy all 3 guns.

The funny thing is, the wife agrees with me. :scrutiny: :confused: :D

( According to her, you'd better at least get exactly what you want now, 'cause with a gun-hating woman in the house, you'll probably never get another chance. )


September 22, 2006, 06:35 PM
option 2

September 22, 2006, 07:07 PM
Kobra Carry


Ed Brown makes some of the best 1911. The difference in price is, IMHO, well worth it. Get the Kobra and you will not be disapointed

yeppers, way overpriced
worth every penny.

September 22, 2006, 07:37 PM
I think you are only torn because you want both options but cannot afford them. That is a budgetary problem, rather than a gun choice problem. In such cases, it is best to save up and get what you want in order of preference, one piece at a time.

Also, I'd strongly recommend you do not sell your old baby. If you ever liked it, you'd never forgive yourself later. Keep it, cut down on nonessentials, and before you even know it, you'll have saved enough for your next baby.

September 22, 2006, 09:17 PM
Go with option 2. If you go with option 1, you're still going to want a gun you'll be shooting everday that is not that gun. A TRP is a great gun and so is the Sig. Two quality pieces and two that you'll still be proud to place on the Thanksgiving table. Leave yourself a dream gun. ;)

September 24, 2006, 01:08 PM
Thanks for the great responses! I'm still chuckling over a few of them. I ended up buying the EB KC (thanks for the link, TX1911fan!).

Thanks again!

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