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Old 10-01-2011, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default Range report - Ed Brown Kobra 5"

Got a chance to take my brand new Kobra to the indoor range a few days back...
Pistol was ordered direct from Brown came in at 118 days. I rec'd it on a Tuesday & field stripped/lubed her down real good that night. Was ordered with these specs:
SS full sized Kobra
Strong side safety
10-8 Flat trigger @ 3.5#
10-8 Rear sight w/.140 notch
Rear-slide serrations

My 1st impressions were great. I own another 1911 (SA Loaded Park'd) & I love that gun. Very reliable & accurate. I have over 1500 rounds through the SA with no failures. But as much as I love that gun, the Brown is on a totally different playing field. The construction/fit/finish are miles apart on the two guns.
All parts of the Brown are total quality and even the smallest metal parts have a heft & feel to them that the SA just does not have & which scream quality
tool steel. The slide is fit to much higher specifications & while the SA is well broken in as far as the slide/frame rails, the Brown seems to glide even better.
The trigger of the Brown is superior. Clean & crisp break. The Stainless steel is finished much nicer than the Park'd finish on the SA. All edges of all parts of the Brown are lightly and tastefully and oh so slightly beveled.
In short, the Brown is very close to perfection or as close as I am likely to ever see. There is one small imperfection in the form of a very small tooling mark on the bottom edge of the right side of the slide. It looks like the tool used to bevel the bottom edge of the slide got away from the person doing the work. This is very small & really almost imperceptable. So small that it will not show up in any picture that I am capable taking.

Also, I do not mean (in the above) to demean or trash Springfield in any way. It's just that my SA 1911 is (or was) my benchmark & so in describing the
Brown, it was all I had to compare to.

I attempted to wait until the weekend to shoot it, but could not. After the Tuesday field strip/lube, I got her to the indoor range on Thursday after work.

I put a total of 225 rounds through her at three different distances (5 yds, 7 yds & 10 yds) & with 4 different types of ammo:
Winchester WB 230gr FMJ
Winchester 185gr round nose
Federal 230gr FMJ
Winchester PDX 230gr Bonded HP

The Brown performed beautifully. Not one failure to feed/cycle. All shots were fired offhand (no benchrested shots) and two handed stances (Weaver and Isoscoles(sp?)). I did have an EGW barrell bushing machined to exact slide & barrel diameter measurements for my SA & this has greatly improved the accuracy of this gun, however the Brown is more accurate than this right out of the box. Both guns are more accurate than I ever will be - but to say that I am pleased with the Brown's accuracy is an understatement. This is a wonderful tool of a pistol & the finest firearm of any type that I have ever owned. You will not do better than Ed Brown if you are looking for an exceptional quality 1911 pistol.

OK - now that you have suffered through the boring part, I bet you want to see some pics. Well here they are:

A dirty girl pic just after the 1st range trip:


Here is a pic of one of the targets. I fired three full mags offhand at each quadrant target (21 rounds each) at 7 yards. Please note that the top right quadrant target is the SA Loaded (for comparison). All other quadrants are the Brown. The bottom left represents the best shooting that I have ever done - period. 21 rounds through one ragged hole:


And, oh yeah, she cleans up pretty good too:



OK - thanks for reading/looking. I'm ready to go again!!!

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Very nice range report, nice shootin, and a beautiful pistol! Ed Brown is right there at the pinnacle of custom 1911s. I used to have a Classic Custom....wish I still had her!

Tell me about those grips!

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Great report.That pistol is a beautiful piece of machinery,I'm jealous!

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Great report! I've got one, but never got around to doing a report.
Nice Grips.

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Great report! I've got one, but never got around to doing a report.
Nice Grips.
I'm pretty partial to those grips too!

That's one great looking and great shooting gun you have there. Definitely something to be proud of!
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I'm pretty partial to those grips too!

That's one great looking and great shooting gun you have there. Definitely something to be proud of!
Thanks Adam!!!
Guys, the grips are custom Snakewood that Adam made for me....
Browns Custom Grips (dot com) is the place.
And yes, they are more awesome in person than the camera can show.
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That's a beautiful and classic looking pistol and the grips set it off nicely with their contrast. But tell me why the flat trigger? I'm seeing them a bit more frequently, but I don't understand the logic behind them.

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Sorry but that is one ugly trigger... nice shooting though!

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That's a beautiful and classic looking pistol and the grips set it off nicely with their contrast. But tell me why the flat trigger? I'm seeing them a bit more frequently, but I don't understand the logic behind them.
I believe the logic is that you get the same feel no matter where your finger is on the trigger. If your finger is a little high or a little low on an arched trigger, when you squeeze it will tend to roll your finger down to the middle. This can affect accuracy. But a flat trigger gets more consistent squeeze no matter how high or low your finger is.

At least that's what I've read. I dont own a flat trigger myself, so I can't comment on the practicality. Only the theory.
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Great shooting. Beautiful gun.

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