I must confess to having mixed feelings about this offering from Steve Barnett:
I know all about Ed Brown’s 1911s: they’re fantastic bits of machinery, reliable to a fault, engineered way up the quality curve, and so on.
But the problem I have is that “way up the quality curve” thing: at the end of the day, it’s still a 1911. And just how much better is a quality offering like this one than, say, a Springfield Loaded 1911?
Four times better? (Because that’s the price difference between the two models.)
Like I said: mixed feelings. As any fule kno, I love me my quality guns, most especially shotguns of the H&H / Abbiatico genre. But those are hand made (which the Ed Brown isn’t), which has to count for something.
And maybe it’s just because it’s a 1911 — yes, essentially the same as a 1911 Government as used by Our Brave Boys in France, the Pacific, Vietnam and so on.
Finally, I have no issue with super-quality 1911s of the Nighthawk / Ed Brown ilk — several of my Readers own such pieces, I’ve been lucky enough to have them let me shoot their guns, and without exception, they’re wonderful to shoot.
But I have to confess to y’all: even if I won a lottery, I’m not sure I’d buy a premium 1911 — note, I said “not sure” because hell, I might just indulge myself, much as I might indulge myself with an Omega wristwatch for about the same money.
And maybe it’s because I’ve just been so well served by my plain ol’ Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 (and yeah I know, it’s far from standard issue, with a widened ejection port and polished trigger group). Maybe it’s because I just don’t see how much better an Ed Brown would work for me.
I must be getting old, for such common sense to have crept into my life.