Ed Brown Kobra


March 27, 2004, 04:06 PM
I've come across a NIB Ed Brown Kobra for about $1,700, and I'm debating about the purchase. I've bought several 1911's lately, but nothing in this class. I'll probably have to sell something I just bought to make up for the cash necessary to buy the Kobra, but I'm having a hard time talking myself out of buying it.

Anyone have a Kobra they'd like to brag about? I've never even seen one except on the internet.

What do you think, should I buy it?

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Texas Bob
March 28, 2004, 04:51 PM
Just checked out Ed Brown's site. Full size Kobras, all blue steel $1895, blue slide and stainless frame $1995, and all stainless $2095, so which model are you being offered? I've noticed over the years, Kobra owners do not easily part with their pistols unless they are in dire need of cash. I hope to have one myself someday.:)

March 28, 2004, 05:02 PM
If it's NIB, that's a good price. They are great guns.


March 28, 2004, 06:31 PM
I've got a Wilson Super Grade (circa 1997) and a Kobra Carry. The Wilson is the flagship model for that year's offerings, and shows it. It's a beautiful example of bluing and hard chrome, polishing, fit tolerances, trigger work, and accuracy. Just about every modification "practically" available for a 'competition-CCW' compromise is performed on that model (including the extraneous oversized mag release, adjustable sights, ribbed topstrap, and mag well).

I describe all that to give a point of reference. The Kobra Carry is its' equal, except that the Brown gun doesn't have all the options, and mine was all brown--I think Ed Brown's version of ''blue", but much more a shade of brown, akin to "polished Parkerizing". It lacks the rib, mag well, oversized mag button, etc., but the fit, beauty, and trigger work are all there. I daresay the Brown flagship piece, the Classic Custom, must overshadow the Wilson Super Grade if the Kobra Carry I have is any indication. I found mine NIB for $1200 at a distress sale in TX (right place, right time), but having said that, I've never seen another NIB for less than $1600.

If I had a chance at it again right now for $1700 NIB, I'd take it. In my experience, that's only ~ $100 above the average used price; we're 'coming out' of the bad economy now (for the most part) and I doubt those kinds of deals will be out there in the numbers they were. Two years from now, you won't remember the extra couple hundred dollars ya think this might be costing ya, and that NIB Kobra will still look good; either that, or you'll kick yourself for missing out on it.

March 28, 2004, 11:18 PM
I live ten miles from Ed's shop. I hope to have a Kobra some day. Good luck. Be Safe!

Tango Sierra
March 29, 2004, 11:58 AM
I just saw and handled an Ed Brown Kobra Carry for the first time a few days ago. It was the first time in my life handling a gun gave me goosebumps. The finish was flawless and it made the all the the other guns in the store look cheap including Wilson and Les Baer. Best trigger pull of any gun I've ever handled. This gun stood out in the display case like the Hope diamond would at the Wal-Mart jewelry department.

Sean Smith
March 29, 2004, 12:00 PM
Browns are nice. At least the couple I've seen were. If you want off-the-shelf, they are among the best.

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