Thank you Rick that really help's me out. Someone I asked about it was BS-ing me.
I would put Nighthawk as number 1. Wilson Combat as number 2, Ed Brown as number 3, Les Baer as number 4 and last but not least Colt especially their custom shop guns as number 5 in 1911 hierarchy.Earl, I’ve never heard anything bad about them. They make a very high quality 1911.
I would kind of put the hierarchy of 1911s as Colt, Dan Wesson, Les Baer, then Ed Brown, Wilson, Guncrafter with the last three being almost a tie. If money is tight, the new Dan Wesson’s are very impressive.
Can I make one suggestion? Not being an ass, but don’t oil slide rails on 1911’s or Browning Hipowers. Where metal on metal has friction use high temp grease. Oil is for metal surfaces.Actually, you can probably get a Baer from CJ (Crazy John) at 1911heaven with no wait, and cheaper than ordering one from Baer.
I bought my Custom Carry Comanche from CJ with no wait, as he always has quite a few Baers in stock, and free second day air delivery to my LGS.
My Baer was very tightly fitted (due to the hard fit barrel), but functioned flawlessly right out of the box. Baer does recommend a “break in” period of 500 rounds, but that’s before you give it a good cleaning, not so it’ll run reliably. You just oil the slide and frame rails every 100 rounds or so. That makes a nice slurry with the powder fouling, and gives the bearing surfaces a little burnishing.
I’ve had it for over 11 years now, and it still takes a bushing wrench to turn the bushing when out of battery (which is the best and proper way to turn the barrel bushing on a tightly fit 1911). I,then use the barrel itself to drive the bushing out of the front of the slide.
Mine’s been carried and shot a lot, and while it does show some honest wear, none of the bluing has ”purpled” yet. Purpling actually has more to do with the metallurgy of the steel used than the bluing salts used. I’ve seen purpling on old Colt grip safeties, and even on some old Pythons. If it ever happens on any of my guns; it’ll be of no consequence to me.
Baer does offer a lot of gun for the money. I have some Wilsons that are prettier and cost a good bit more (2 to 3 times as much), but they’re no “better,” or as accurate, as my Baer. It’s the favorite of all my 1911s, too. I don't have a lot, but too many for me to keep track of. I know I have at least 11, but it‘s probably 12, or maybe 13.
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Don’t initially use grease on your Baer for the reasons I note above.Thank you Bob for your advice, I always use synthetic gun grease on slides and Rem-oil on the rest. I was not sure on if I should lube the slide on the first time out now that is answered. I have not made the cross over to frog lube I'm still a caveman at heart.
I thought an update was due it was to be delivered today, my least favorite carrier UPS says the 1911 was delayed due to weather, no new delivery date or location. It has been in route for 7 days, I asked for the tracking number from CJ he said I could not have it for security reasons. I guess he thinks I might steal it even though I have already paid for it, this over my head from a reasoning stand point. Some pictures and range report some day.
I know it’s worrisome, but that’s really what's going on.I thought an update was due it was to be delivered today, my least favorite carrier UPS says the 1911 was delayed due to weather, no new delivery date or location. It has been in route for 7 days, I asked for the tracking number from CJ he said I could not have it for security reasons. I guess he thinks I might steal it even though I have already paid for it, this over my head from a reasoning stand point. Some pictures and range report some day.