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Old 05-02-2020, 12:25 PM
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opinions please

Still working on the specs for my Ed Brown commander. What do you all think of the serrated rear slide and any preference for blued tool steel VS stainless. I am a little concerned on how bright the stainless may be but I don't like the look of the coated guns. From the pics I have seen the coating doesn't take on the worn/polished aged looked of blued gun but rather they looked scratched.

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Old 05-02-2020, 01:29 PM
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Brown does stainless better than anyone else.
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Old 05-02-2020, 04:01 PM
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I agree with AZ Husker, but Brown does do great blued finishes also. I may get a SS model one day, but my two blued Browns have held their finish really good. I think you would like either, but as the blued guns get a little worn it kinda shows character as some say. But, you won't go wrong taking advice or opinions from AZ Husket for sure.

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Old 05-02-2020, 06:35 PM
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I don’t own a SS Brown but my local shop has had a number of them and EB Stainless is different than any other SS I have seen up close. My bucket list 1911 is the SS Kobra Carry. It should be my next but I will probably go with the Stainless Evo KC9.

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Old 05-02-2020, 07:24 PM
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This will hopefully give you a little better idea of their SS.
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Old 05-02-2020, 07:42 PM
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Before you decide, Emerson is about to post some pictures of his Special Forces, which I believe is Gen 3 coated. You may want to see if you like the wear pattern on his gun.

https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=1015080

Edit to add: There are a handful of guns that get their pictures posted on the forum that most of the members know and appreciate. Emerson's Special Forces is one of them.

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Old 05-02-2020, 07:58 PM
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For me, I don't like the rear of a slide serrated.

As far as Ed Brown carbon steel with a blued finish, it is awesome. At least mine is anyway. But, Ed Brown is no slouch on his stainless models either.

If it came down to only one Ed Brown for me, I would choose carbon steel. Thankfully I've been blessed enough to have both.

I'm not fan of coated guns either. I guess I'm kinda old school when it comes to certain things. Oh well...

Good luck with your choices.

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Old 05-02-2020, 09:48 PM
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I have a KC, prettiest damn gun and the best stainless, period

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Old 05-03-2020, 10:24 AM
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I guess I lean to the old school side myself because I am old school. If the stainless is as dark as the pic Longone has posted I would be fine with it, or, is closer to the post from azguy1911? I will be looking forward to the pics from Emerson on his coated gun. Maybe I will see something different in them. If any of you would post pics of what your blued pistols look like now would be great.

I really appreciate the replies! This is a big purchase for me and I am trying to get it right...Many thanks...
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:07 PM
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Here you go. Hope they help.

Carbon steel with blue finish.
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:26 PM
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Here's the stainless steel.
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Old 05-03-2020, 04:30 PM
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So, I use my guns...a lot. I do a lot of dry practice as well as shooting. This means they're in an out of the holster quite a bit. Consequently, they pick up holster wear.

I've found that Kydex is harder on the finish than other types.

This is my Kobra Carry:









As you can see, I'm not afraid to use my gun. If you look closely, you'll see that there's no "idiot" scratch. I take very good care of it, but I do use it.

It is a stainless steel gun with a Gen 3 coating. Most of the wear you see near the muzzle is due to being used in a CompTac Kydex holster. Gen 3 looks great, but it's not super durable.

I have just under 10K live rounds through the gun. Add to that at least 200,000 dry presses and many thousands of presentations from the holster. Anyone who teaches self-defense or does a reasonable amount of competition will have the same use or more.

If this look bothers you, get stainless steel. It will still get the wear, but it won't show it as easily. If you just want a pretty pistol, get whatever finish strikes your fancy and it will be fine. Blued guns are really beautiful and, as you say, will wear a little more fluidly.
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Old 05-04-2020, 04:25 PM
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I purchased a Special Forces with a rail to use as a duty pistol. It had the Gen 3 finish. The FIRST Time, I put my TLR light on the rail, the Gen 3 finish chipped off. I understand that no finish will hold up forever. But I thought it would last longer than that. I called Ed Brown to see what could be done. I was told that was normal wear. I was very upset, I sold both Ed Browns I owned. Believe me they make a fine weapon. I would recommend the stainless pistol.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:51 PM
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I thank you all for your time and courtesy. I have now taken the coating out of consideration. The gun will be either SS or blued. If the SS is actually towards the grey side as the pics seem to indicate I kind of like it and am leaning that direction. I also notice that most of the Browns I see pictured do not have the recessed slide stop pin on the right side that they offer. Is it just easier to take the pistol down with the original style raised above the frame or strictly a personal preference?
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:53 PM
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None of my pistols have a recessed slide stop. For me it's a cosmetic personal preference that I don't care for. My thinking is leave the material in the frame for the pin to use, not thin it out. The choice is yours to make. Some prefer it, some don't.

Good luck with your decisions.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:42 PM
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The recessed slide stop pin has some functionality. It's possible to accidentally press the slide stop pin as the gun is being fired. This could cause the slide to lock up. If you have the proper grip, this isn't an issue.

The recessed slide stop pin is done to reduce this possibility to as close to zero as you can get. The beveled hole around the recessed pin makes it just as easy to take down as the gun always was.
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