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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by lono, Jun 4, 2011.

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  1. lono

    lono Member

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    If you wanted and high end 1911, would you go with a Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, Dan Wesson or Ed Brown?
     
  2. MICHAEL T

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    1 Wilson Combat, 2 Ed Brown

    Dan Wesson not in the same league as the above at least 1 step down
    Nighthawk, the ones I have handled were not as nice as a Wilson or a Brown
     
  3. Zerodefect

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    I went with Dan Wesson.

    The extra mile the others go isn't something I really need. Besides, I'm making the extra changes on my own anyways. Sights, tune, finish, etc.

    $3000+ is alot to spend on a 1911.

    ETA: Deos Nighthawk make anything without a huge gaudy logo?
     
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  4. Apocalypse-Now

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    of those, wilson combat.

    you should add springfield armory's custom carry or PRO models to your list as well :) the PRO model beat out wilson combat to win the FBI HRT contract ;)

    never been interested in dan wessons. they seem to over look the details. unacceptable at the prices they command. although, people on the DW forum seem to think they're the greatest thing since sliced bread lol.


    nighthawk would be one i would NEVER consider. they're the kimber of the high end 1911 world. google NHC probs, and your computer will explode (or simply visit the 1911forum). since ron phiilips left NHC to go on his own a few years ago, they've been wrought with problems of every kind.



    look at the pics of this NHC Talon, and let me know if you'd be content with the $2,600 you spent on it: http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=180265 :eek:
     
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  5. Tomcat47

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    I Love Wilsons...but that is an uneducated response!

    I know Ed Browns are nice as well.

    All I have ever had or have are not in those categories!:rolleyes:

    But a Man can dream cant he!

    Respectively:
    Bob-Tail Professional
    X-TAC
    Two Tone Supergrade

    Drool....drool.....drool....drool....:p
     

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  6. 9mmepiphany

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    Of the ones you have listed, I'd have a hard time choosing.

    The Dan Wesson is the solid leader in the mid-priced 1911 range, but not really a high end production 1911. However I highly recommend them as a good choice to start with if sending it to a Custom smith to have it made just right

    I think you are really limiting your choices by not including the Les Baer 5" line (the most accurate) and the Springfield Armory Professional (the choice of the FBI SWAT and HRT troops)

    If I had to choose one from your list...and was limited to not having additional work done to it...I'd take the Ed Brown
     
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    I don't own one, but Les Baer makes spectacular 1911's.
     
  8. Walkalong

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    STI, Les Baer or Ed Brown, depending on the money available. I want a Commander length Les Baer Monolith.
     
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    Wilson or Ed Brown. Probably, Wilson for the money.
     
  10. lono

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    I should have included Les Baer. I already own a springfield and would not consider Springfield for this question. Note my springfield is a production model and I am sure there higher end guns are of a higher quality.
     
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    If there were a first class gunsmith who would recognize my existence within a year, I would have a Colt customized. The nicest Wilson I ever saw was a worked over Colt.
     
  12. Skylerbone

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    I'd choose the DW Valor and ship it to Severns Custom. I can't see spending the money unless the choices are up to me.
     
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    None of 'em. If I've got $2500 to spend on a 1911 then I've surely got $5000 to spend, and with that, I'm going with Heirloom, Chen, or Harrison. Just because :D
     
  14. Tomcat47

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    Of the Dream Wilsons I listed there is a large price spread!

    I have not even gone to high end Colt or anything customized yet! Mine are all stock/out of the box shooters. My next may be a Kimber Eclipse Target and it is not even in the field of high end comparitively.

    And when considering High End 1911's I hope as I get more educated on the High End Platform of 1911 I begin to understand these prices and what relegates the prices.

    Bob-Tail Professional - $2950.00
    X-TAC - $2650.00
    Two Tone Supergrade - $4650.00

    It would be sad to spend $5k on a pistol that shoots no better than a $1k pistol.

    But maybe its just got to do with bragging rights?
     
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    Springfield Custom is better than any of the above.
     
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    I may have to agree with you there. ;)

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    That said, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the above, (though I don't think DW is quite in the same league as the others) I'm planning on buying one of each myself. :)
     
  18. Tomcat47

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    918 .... At least I stated I was uneducated on High End 1911's :)
     
  19. Skylerbone

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    Aparently you're not alone.
     
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    I certainly agree they are very nice. I picked this old warhorse up used for a good price. It is a sweet shooter. (.38 Super by the way)

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    I would go with a Colt Special Combat Government.
     
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    wilson is my pick.....

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    I'm not disagreeing with the logic...and for a working gun, that is what I would do...but, if you were dealing with a real custom gun, wouldn't that be like telling da Vinci how to layout The Last Supper
     
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    None of the above...I would build it myself. Whether for carry or competition I know I can turn out a product that will equal any of those mentioned for function and accuracy. If I were going to buy one to carry I would most likely go with the Clark Meltdown on a Commander. http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/meltdown.htm For competition I would go with an STI 2011 set up for the type of competition I was interested in.
     
  25. Zach S

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    I'd probably start with a good frame and slide, and then drop it off to have a smith build it. It would end up looking a lot like a Mil-Spec built on a Caspian Recon frame.
     
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