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Old 05-20-2020, 02:39 AM
Inch & a Half @ 25 Inch & a Half @ 25 is offline
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Thank for all you help! I made a decision

After lots of reading and with all of your responses I decide on getting my First 1911 from Ed Brown, the Kobra Carry.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to hold one but the rounded butt, and classic styling won me over.

There wasn't as many pictures as some of the other manufacturers, and many rants about Ed Brown as a Person on the internet, I still stuck by him and his products.

Here are the specs and I'm sure many of you know them:
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• 4.25″ Commander model slide, single stack Commander BobtailŪ frame.
• Exclusive Snakeskin treatment on forestrap, BobtailŪ housing. A beautiful, unique, and snag free gripping surface.
• Matte finished slide for low glare, with snakeskin on rear of slide only.
• Fixed dovetail 3-dot night sights with high visibility white outlines.
• All California models feature an ambidextrous thumb safety, titanium firing pin and extra heavy-duty firing pin spring.

I was going to go with Nighthawk Stealth, but the difficulty ordering online and not being able to buy what I really liked, because of the DOJ Roster kinda shyed me away from NightHawk.

The Wilson Combat also had some nice CA. offerings but still I wanted to get everything I wanted and couldn't! I told the wife we should look at moving out of California. Yes, just so I can have a Backyard range

So, onto Ed Brown. I emailed them and they answered all my crazy newb questions, and treated me fine. They had links to all three guns, I could buy. While I was deciding, one Sold and was gone, so that did create a little urgency. Plus the Kobra Carry was the one I liked from the beginning.

And what Sold me was this video below. I'm sure you can see why I purchased this gun. Take a peek when you get a chance and see if you can guess...If not PM me and I'll tell you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK5_ljGxR8g

Oh! I don't know what comes with the gun, or If I need to buy a Plastic hard case or what special accessories I need to clean it, like the tool to remove bushing

Which magazines does that gun like? I heard wilson combat are great

Lastly, what ammo does it like or is it more gun specific...

Ok 1:00am Pacific Time... No sleep for the newb hehe

Thanks again you guys are a great bunch

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Old 05-20-2020, 06:51 AM
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... I decide on getting my First 1911 from Ed Brown, the Kobra Carry.

Which magazines does that gun like? I heard wilson combat are great

Lastly, what ammo does it like or is it more gun specific...
Congratulations of your purchase.

My default mag is Wilson's full size 7 rounder, the 47 https://shopwilsoncombat.com/7-Round/products/370/

All of Wilson's mags are good, but if you've just have to have an 8 rounder, I'd choose something from the ETM line-up rather than the 47D line-up. The ETM's have a longer tube designed to hold 8 rounds, the 47D is the same tube as the 7 round 47, just with a lesser spring and follower.

Wilson ETM's https://shopwilsoncombat.com/45-ACP/products/378/

Ed Brown sells a very nice magazine, made by CheckMate https://www.edbrown.com/product-cate...911/magazines/

For ammo, Ed Brown has a FAQ page recommendation https://www.edbrown.com/faq/#aaf

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We recommend high quality Federal or Winchester ammunition, and nothing else. In our years of testing and experience, ammunition by these makers has proven to be of consistent high quality. The core of our function testing for 45 ACP is done with Federal 230 grain FMJ, which is great self-defense ammunition. For accuracy, the Federal 185 grain Gold Medal Match ammo tends to produce the best groups.
I shoot a lot of 230gr full metal jacket. Brand isn't much of an issue.
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:13 AM
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:36 AM
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Great choice! I know you'll love it. Enjoy!!
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Old 05-20-2020, 09:12 AM
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Congrats! Great choice and listen to jtq, he has some great advice.
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Old 05-20-2020, 09:16 AM
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I think you made a great choice! A Kobra Carry has been my dream gun for quite a while now. Unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way of getting one. Enjoy!
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Old 05-20-2020, 10:21 AM
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Excellent

This would be a good time to become acquainted with the Ed Brown sub-forum. (I'm a regular passive reader of that sub-forum as I think very well of EB 1911s but have far more actual experience to share/discuss in regard to Wilson 1911s).

Jim4FM1 was one of my and many others' best Forum friends and an Ed Brown enthusiast (but well-versed in other 1911s as well, often commenting in the Wilson sub-forum). The EB sub-forum has been dedicated to Jim, and rightly so.

You might want to look up many of Jim's old EB sub-forum posts... they're well-written and timeless as to applicability.

I found Jim's posts, as well as PM advice he graciously shared, to be of great value. His experience included combat use of 1911s in Vietnam, and that experience gave him a perspective on the value or non-value of many options on a 1911.

You'll have to go to past threads and posts to find Jim's input as we sadly lost him last year..Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam was almost certainly the cause. I'm certain you'll find his old posts to be of value and interest.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:02 PM
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Can't go wrong with a Brown. In my experience...any of the semi custom guns from the big 4 will eat any ammo from any mag.

As far as the Brown Snake Skin front strap treatment, you might not find it to be aggressive enough. I didn't. It felt too smooth in my hand. I tried a set of VZ double diamonds, that are pretty aggressive in the grip dept....but ultimately I couldn't make it work and I gave that gun to my brother. Now all of my Browns are checkered at 25 LPI. OTOH.....you may love it as is.

Nice choice.
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:45 PM
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Congrats, enjoy!
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Old 05-20-2020, 04:50 PM
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Ditto on Chrys’ post regarding Jim.
Ignore the ONE video slamming Mr Brown because ONE person didn’t get the royal treatment from him. You’ll be just fine with your choice and quite happy with it.
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Old 05-20-2020, 06:40 PM
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:36 PM
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You'll love the Brown.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:54 PM
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Congrats on a great choice you wont be disappointed.

I use Tripp Cobra or Chip McCormick - both are excellent mags.

https://www.trippresearchinc.com/gov...t-commander-4/

https://www.cmproducts.com/Railed-Po...mer_p_335.html
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:41 AM
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I recommend getting a Wilson Combat Maintenance Manual and study it.

This will save you a bunch of grief and a ton of questions.

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Old 05-22-2020, 06:17 AM
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Congratulations. What’s the lead time?
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:59 AM
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Wrong one!
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Old 05-22-2020, 03:50 PM
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Never met a Brown owner who didn't love his gun.
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Old 05-23-2020, 09:57 AM
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Thanks for all the great advice! I will look into those Mags, check out the Sub-forum, read our departed friend Jim4FM1 posts, get 230gr FMJ, and the WC Maintenance manual. Again, all great advice for the newb.

I'm to understand that once i get the weapon in my hands I can re-send it back to Ed Brown for some customization. Here are the things i want to get:

1. Countersink and recessed the slide stop
2. Flush Barrel with recessed crown.
3. Remove Ambi and install single safety for Right Hand shooter

Anything else you can think of?
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:36 AM
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Nice mods and good selection of 1911!

I have its brother from another mother - DW CBOB.

Feeds anything, shoots straight.

I use Checkmate 8 round stainless mags - flawless. I bought them labeled as Kimber, but they are Checkmates.
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