Ed brown custom

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by dustinoif3, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    I was at the local range shooting my ar and I noticed a gentleman on the pistol range next door shooting a stainless 1911. After finishing up with my session I walked over to shoot a few hp's I loaded and started chatting with the guy to discover he was shooting a brand new Ed brown he had been waiting for for 9 months to be built. Beautiful piece and to my shock and amazement the man let me run a mag through. I think mostly because I couldn't stop talking about how nice a piece he had. Anyways I walked down to the 10 yard line and took aim and pressed the trigger. Bull after bull after bull. I believe that some day when money is no object I may just own a nice custom build but for now the springfield r.o will have to do.
     
  2. cuba

    cuba New Member

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    Can you break it down, in what way did you persive that the EB shot better then you Stringfield RO.

    shoot safe, shoot straight, and have fun
     

  3. dustinoif3

    dustinoif3 New Member

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    To be honest I don't think the Ed brown shot any better than my ro. I'm very satisfied with accuracy of mine and would pit it against any other 1911. I didn't wanna come out and say my 800 dollar piece shoots as good as a 3000 dollar one because I didn't wanna start a war on here. Hahaha. Just wanted to post that I had a chance to hold and shoot one.
     
  4. cuba

    cuba New Member

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    I wouldn't think so either the Springfield Range Officer 1911 is a mighty fine pistol, and regardless of how nicely finished the Ed Brown is I wouldn't think it was 200% better then the Range Officer, I believe that when somebody buys a $3000 gun is plainly because they have more money then sense and want to own a token for their status quo and bragging rights, and thats fine and dandy more power to them, what gets me is when they look down on your $800 pistol and dub it an entry level 1911 as if it is any less accurate and reliable then their $3000 1911, glad you got the opportunity to make the comparison first hand.

    shoot safe, shoot straight, and have fun
     
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  5. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    An Ed Brown does look nicer than a Range Officer at a BBQ. :)
     
  6. cuba

    cuba New Member

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    Yeah maybe laid out on the grill or in a longballer's holster.:D
     
  7. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Dunk, two points....
     
  8. bartwatkins

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    Hmmm - thank you for your keen insight into my mind and motivations to purchase a gun....
    I own both pistols mentioned here & it seems from your post that the only one "looking down" is you.

    I do not believe that I have ever or ever heard anyone else call a RO an entry level 1911 pistol. SA itself markets it as an entry level 'competition gun' but entry competition 1911 and entry 1911 are two very different things. The RO is around $800 as you mention while an entry 1911 is $400-500 in cost.

    I do not and have never "bragged" to anyone about my EB Kobra either. I saved & scrounged $$ for it for a long time. I consider myself lucky to own a semi-custom pistol. I really do not care what others think of my owning it (like I "have more money than sense"). I own it to enjoy shooting it just like I own my SA to enjoy shooting it.

    However, the two are not the same. I love my SA and would never part with it but the EB is hand fit and far superior to my SA in every respect. As it should be & as expected due to the pricepoint of each.

    I have a picure of a target after shooting both guns at 7 yards offhand that plainly shows the EB to be measurably more accurate than the SA (at least in my hands - not arguing or saying that proves it would be the same in everyone's hands) but I'm sure that would be considered 'bragging' if I post it - so I will decline.
     
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  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have the Ed Brown Kobra Carry (in .45) and a Dan Wesson C-BOB (10mm).

    There are some minor differences other than caliber.

    But things like slide racking, trigger pull, thumb safety action is totally different. The EB is smoother all around than the DW.

    But, neither are for sale. Each has its purpose and serve that purpose well.
     
  10. rock185

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    What fun. I have owned Wilson, Baer, Rock River, Clark, Heinie guns,etc. About a years ago, I was looking for a particular EB model, that I learned had been a limited production, and never located one for sale. I admit that for me, it is just that I wanted and could afford some of these guns. I don't think my having some of these expensive, for me at least, guns ever impressed anyone but me, and raised my social status, not at all. I have handled a few ROs, and have considered one myself. The ROs seem like very solidly built guns, good sights, excellent slide to frame fit, etc. When I saw the first RO ads, I thought Springfield has a winner there. No silly stuff, just a good basic .45 with good sights,etc. What a concept! I suspect the RO has been a big success for SA. Anyway, it has been my experience that the higher end guns tend to be smoother all around, more finely finished inside and out,better triggers,etc. But, could I say that any of them are more reliable, or more accurate than an RO, just because they cost more? Not really, unless I had access to a Ransom Rest for some 50 yard testing...

    BTW, Some higher end semi-custom builders incude an impressive looking 15 yard test target. It has been my experience that about any half way decent pistol or revolver will shoot into a ragged hole at 15 yards or less. I believe 50 yard targets, as used by Les Baer and Clark Custom for example, are more indicative of whether or not a pistol is really capable of superior accuracy...ymmv
     
  11. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    Comparing a RO to an EB is like comparing a VW to Porche. The trigger pull, smoothness, accuracy ease of operation is radically different. Like buying a 300.00 deer rifle and a Dakota custom. Sheesh man there is a HUGE difference. Shoot both and you will say something more intelligent than that. I love my RIAs and other entry level guns but they will never be a semi- custom.
     
  12. Tidalforce79

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    I flat disagree with you here. I can feel the difference between a Wilson and a Colt(note: I love Colts). However, I agree, one shouldn't look down on someone else because a 3000 dollar pistol is not worth it to everyone. Will a Wilson make you shoot better? Probably not, but I can sure feel a difference when I shoot it. That being said, is a Wilson 3x as good as a 1000 dollar Colt......probably not.
     
  13. It is interesting that people who don't own a custom or semi-custom pistol always project that the people who do own them have purchased them for "bragging rights" and other ego fulfillment as opposed to performance.

    I can tell you that there is a real difference in the performance of the semi-custom guns that I own as compared to production guns - not to mention features, fit, and finish. I also own an $800 1911 and carry it regularly but I don't pretend that because it will make "ragged holes" in a target - a non-quantifiable metric used by those who want to insist that's all that counts - that it is every bit as good in every single way as the more expensive pistols. It's not - take my word for it.

    The ragged hole metric is complete baloney and doesn't begin to take into account the performance and handling differences which make the more expensive pistols faster on follow up shots or more accurate at longer distances.

    It is also interesting that people who don't own expensive pistols are always so sure that people who do "look down" on other people and their pistols. Again, total projection. Here's the fact - what YOU own is of no concern to me - I really don't care. You shooting a less expensive pistol in no way affects my life or the enjoyment of my pistols - so put YOUR ego away and quit thinking you're important enough to merit that much consideration by someone else.
     
  14. tacticalfun

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    Come shoot my nhc's .....itll change your mind.
     
  15. Tidalforce79

    Tidalforce79 New Member

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    Well said. I have never looked down on anyone for what they own and I somewhat resent that being implied. I do completely agree that you can feel the difference too.