Nighthawk/wilson combat or ed brown

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by strix, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. strix

    strix New Member

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    What would you pick? I know all are great but which one is best
     
  2. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Ed Brown for me.
     

  3. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    Id pick nhc over and over.
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Eithe the Nighthawk Custom or Ed Brown.
    I do not have experience with Wilson.
     
  5. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Blond, Brunette, or Red head...how do you prefer your supermodels?
    Any of them will make you happy.
     
  6. strix

    strix New Member

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    Thanks for all the reply's
     
  7. steadyshot

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    You really can't go wrong with any of those choices.

    Those are all top shelf firearms.

    It really comes down to preference.
     
  8. There is no "best" - only different. The build philosophies are different. Ed Brown basically builds the same gun for all different models. Brown is focused on CNC manufacturing with very tight quality control that results in minimizing the hand fitting needed for his guns. Brown offers some customization - but not to the level you can get from Wilson or NH.

    Wilson offers more individual models than either NH or Brown and builds things Brown and NH don't build. Wilson will also do a lot of customization. Wilson uses CNC for much of their manufacturing, but rely on hand fitting and tuning for the final gun production.

    Standard Wilson guns are done by "specialists" who do nothing but, as an example, fit barrels all day. When the barrel fitting is done, the gun goes to the next work station for that process. Supergrades are built by one or two individual gunsmiths who do nothing but Supergrades and build the entire gun from start to finish.

    A number of the gunsmiths for NH came from Wilson so the build philosophy at NH is much like Wilson. NH is a little more adventurous than Wilson in that all of Wilson's guns have to be done to Bill Wilson's personal build philosophy. If you contrast that to NH, they have a Bob Marvel designed gun that they are producing. Bob designed the gun and trained the gunsmiths at NH to build the gun according to Bob's build philosophy. You wouldn't find Wilson (at this point) building anything but a Bill Wilson designed gun

    You really can't go wrong with any of the manufacturers you've listed.
     
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  9. strix

    strix New Member

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    That was some nice info thank you for taking the time out to write it.
     
  10. canebrake

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    1. Nighthawk
    2. Brown
     
  11. 1. Wilson
    2. Ed Brown
    3 Nighthawk
     
  12. Tidalforce79

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    I have experience with all three, and if I had to pick, it would be Wilson. That being said, they are all very nice guns.
     
  13. strix

    strix New Member

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    I wish I could rent them at a range but cause if the prices that will never happen, I know anyone will be a good pick but when you are in this price range u want the best for the money,

    Ps and a big thanks to everyone for all your input
     
  14. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    NH has a few issues lately and the Wilsons get a little more attention to detail than the other two. Plus EB guns are not known for being "PRETTY" but are known for function over looks. Your choice but of the 3 Wilson then NH and then EB. All are good guns. just don't call EB and tell him he has a problem with one of his guns as he can be a real azz. LOL
     
  15. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    ....what problems do nhc have?
     
  16. Tidalforce79

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    There are some stories around the internet about NHC having dirt poor customer service, guns with feed problems that are not being fixed, and 1 or 2 about extremely poor fit and checkering. All of these must be taken with a grain of salt of course, but for some people, these stories create too large a risk for dumping 3k on a pistol.
     
  17. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun Active Member

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    Crazy talk.
     
  18. Tidalforce79

    Tidalforce79 New Member

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    I actually saw one of the pictures and yes, it looked like is was fitted by a blind man. The checking was way off and the slide to frame fit looked like a world war 1 1911 that had fired half a million rounds. However, what was left out of the story was the fact Nighthawk replaced the pistol.
     

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  19. strix

    strix New Member

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    This kind of money that should never happen
     
  20. Stillersfan

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    I think I would buy 2 Kimbers or Sig 1911's for the same price I would have paid for an Ed Brown. Just saying... :D