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Ed Brown,Wilson Combat or Les Baer

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ge0624me, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. ge0624me

    ge0624me Well-Known Member

    Its probably been asked 100 times, but just looking for some feed back from some 1911 semi-custom owners, especially those that own all 4 big name manufactures. Im leaning towards an Ed Brown Kobra in SS or dual color, but can some one give a reason i should be looking at a Wilson Combat or even a Les baer, or even a Custom Night hawk, ahhhh to many choices,...this will be my first Semi -custom. I kinda get the feeling that any of them mentioned are worth what they go for ,and it's more a preference and presonal taste of the appearance and extras etc...also before i forget, SS or Dou Tone FInish SS on BLK? THX in advance.

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  2. glocks rock

    glocks rock Well-Known Member

    I personally like Les Baer. I've owned Baers anD wilsons and the Baers have ben my favorite. I like the Blued finish on the Baers and the super tight fit. Both of my Baers run 100% and are fit like a bank vault. The wilson wasn't tight at all but it was 100% reliable. I think it's just a personal prefrence .
  3. schmeky

    schmeky Well-Known Member

    I think it may be difficult to find someone that has owned most of the top of the line 1911's.

    After months of research and soul searching, I bought a Les Baer. I want to emphasis the comment about "bank vault" lock-up made by Glocks Rock, concerning Les Baers.

    It is absolutely true. In fact, I'm going out on a limb by saying that even though a Les Baer is a 1911, it's a 1911 of a different genre. Les Baers have a totally different "feel" to them, almost not like a 1911.
  4. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    Doesn't really matter which one you buy, they all have stellar reputations that have been earned.

    If you were able to test similar samples of all 4, you probably wouldn't notice any difference in paper-shooting accuracy. The real difference will be what you add to the equation. Buy any of these guns and start taking defensive handgun classes so you can really learn how to operate it.

    For carry, get black matte, for anything else -whatever floats your boat.
  5. P7rancher

    P7rancher Member

    I am trying to answer the same question. Here is a thread I started a few days ago:

    I plan on calling the dealer recommended and having a conversation. I am going to look closer at the Les Baer based on the replies on your thread.

  6. 1911shooter

    1911shooter Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to the Wilson i own 2 and am pretty biased though.
  7. robctwo

    robctwo Well-Known Member

    I bought a Brown two tone executive target used, lnib. Great gun. Then found equally attractive deal on a 1.5" guarantee Les Baer PII. The Brown feels more refined. The Baer is more robust. The Baer has been slightly more accurate for me, but the Brown has come along with a new fiber optic front sight.

    Go here and look under each manufacturer heading. http://forums.1911forum.com/
  8. Jason_G

    Jason_G Well-Known Member

    Disclaimer: I don't own any of these, so my post is worth exactly what you paid for it. :D

    If I had my pick, it would be an Ed Brown Special Forces Carry, but I would very happily own any of the others mentioned as well.

  9. kamagong

    kamagong Well-Known Member

    All four brands you mentioned make a great 1911, so it's hard to go wrong. I guess it depends on what you want. Although they are all 1911s, the guns from each maker feel different from one another because of the finishing touches that go into crafting a 1911. I don't care for the Wilson or Nighthawk guns because of the tactical styling these two outfits choose. I like Ed Brown or Les Baer more just on looks alone. That said, I prefer Baers because of the tank-like feeling that Baers have. Ed Browns in comparison feel a little sleeker. I know it sounds like rubbish, but try and handle the different makes, you'll see what I mean.


    I only own the Les Baer Concept 2. But it is definitely built like the proverbial "brick **** house". It shoots way better than I can.
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  11. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    My vote goes to Baer's Thunder Ranch Special 1911, of the blue steel
    configuration. Boy, what a weapon- as it consistenly performs without
    any issues. And, its tighter than Dicks Hat Band~! ;) :D
  12. ge0624me

    ge0624me Well-Known Member

    MAN, thx to all you guy's, so far it seems from the feedback so far, i need to be taking a closer look at the LES BAERS, !!!
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  13. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Check out the many posts and pictures by Bac1023 on Glocktalk.com
    He is downright extravagant and has all the guns named and many more besides. Probably won't call any one "best" though, he likes - and can afford - all of them.
  14. Supertac45

    Supertac45 Well-Known Member

    Les Baer.

    IMTHDUKE Well-Known Member

    Only one I can tell you about is the Eddy Brown....it shoots like a shootin machine and is a joy to own and fire.
  16. sophijo

    sophijo Well-Known Member


    Fusion 1911's are worth a look. One reason is that you can get one with Ion Bond finish. I live in a damp climate and worried some about the blued Thunder Ranch so considered the Fusion. I thought about just having the Les Baer Ion Bonded but realized, with shipping etc, I was looking at $3-400. Anyway; some more info to muddy the waters!
  17. theken206

    theken206 Well-Known Member

    Baer for the win
  18. rbert0005

    rbert0005 Well-Known Member

    I see you like my Brown. The other side will be at the bottom.:)

    I have owned the Brown, a few Baers, a Rock River, shot some Wilsons, handeled some Night hawks, own some Performance Center models, have some full house customs.

    Out of all of them the Brown is the most refined. (finished) The Rock Rivers are just sweet, the Baers and the Nighthawks are like tanks. The Wilsons are great, just not my cup of tea, unless it is the black over grey two tone, OOOOO !!! The PC models (1911 and DK 38 Super) are just great shooters and will stand up to anyone elses.

    They are all great, just comes down to what you like and are looking for.

  19. ge0624me

    ge0624me Well-Known Member

    sorry i hope you dont mind to use your pic, anyways, i hope its a compliment to a very nice pistol, thx.
  20. Throwingdown

    Throwingdown Well-Known Member

    I own a Brown Kobra carry and Special Forces. I have two friends who own Les Baers.
    Bottom line is, they are all so close its like splitting hairs. Decide if you want full size, carry, blued or other and go from there. LB has a few models for un der 2K, the rest are going to tap the wallet.
    I am not fond of the "tactical overkill" being pushed, I prefer the "classic" John Browning lines. Which means no front cocking serrations for me. I have had no problems with mine and both are more accurate than I am.

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