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Old 11-24-2005, 06:56 AM   #1
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Hey guys I am between the Kobra and the TRS. I know I am asking alot of Ed Brown people here a question, but I have done a lot of reading and sifting through the bs of other boards and people who have no idea what they are talking about to narrow my decision down. I have noticed that many people say they have fired several thousand rounds through their LB's and there are still very tight. What I haven't heard is people with EB's talk about the tightness of their guns after thousands of rounds. Anyone out there shot over say 10-20,000 rounds out of their Brown's. Now i know that tightness isn't everything but my question is really more geared toward integrity after many rounds. thanks
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Old 11-27-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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I do not have a TRS.

I have:

Les Baer Xtreme Tactical
Ed Brown Kobra Carry
and a full custom Ed Brown 5" that I built for IPSC.

I have a couple thousand rounds through the Les Baer and it is still tight. Too tight in my mind. I won't carry it and I won't compete with it. Very accurate gun but requires some serious effort to rack the slide. I have had feeding issues with Wilson 47D and 47T mags with it also and after contacting Les Baer was told I must use their mags.

The Ed Brown is every bit as accurate the LB. The 5" I think more so. It is not an effort to rack the slide and I have yet to have it jam in competition. In my mind it is exactly the right amount of "tightness". That being said it will not feed Chip McCormick Power Mags but it feeds the Ed Brown, Wilson and Cobra mags just fine including the finicky 10 rounders.

Overall? I might buy another LB. Specifically the TRS in Hard Chrome. At least part of that though would be because I already have the two Ed Browns and they don't currently really make a variant I need to add above the two I already own.

Just my .02
Old 12-09-2005, 07:17 PM   #3
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I have a Les Baer Custom Carry and a Les Baer Stinger. I used the Custom Carry to shoot bowling pins for a year or so and it has at least 15,000 rounds through it. Most of which were heavy pin loads with over a 200 power factor. Still tight and accurate. I have shot the Stinger about 5,000 rounds. I bought it used and have no idea how much it was shot before I owned it, but it will shoot just as good as the 5". I use to own an Ed Brown...buy the Les Baer, it is less expensive and will out shoot the Brown any day.

Good Luck, Buddy
Old 12-31-2005, 05:03 AM   #4
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I would go with the Brown. I have (too) many 1911s and my Browns seem to be a bit better built than the Baers and less fussy on what they 'eat.' (I too find that they don't like the Chip McCormick 10 round Power Mags, but that is an issue not unique to them. My Wilson's like them just fine.)

My primary complaint about the Baers (and my favorite is a Premier II 6") is the too tight slides. They build them this way, I suspect, to impress us with the quality of their build. I have other top of the line 1911s which were delivered tight, but 'rackable' and still shoot tight and right thousands of rounds later. (I rarely put less than 250 rounds through a particular gun at one session. If I take the time to go out and shoot, I keep a lot of brass in the air.) My Baers take forever to break in, and still are a pain to rack even then. I can detect no real difference in longevity simply because they build them this tight.

My vote for the Brown. Dave
Old 12-31-2005, 06:15 AM   #5
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I have two Baers and nither one was "difficult to rack" after a thousand or so rounds. Yes, when they are new in the box and have an oil coating on them they are hard to "rack". Each will shoot with extreme accuracy (with most ammo) when put in my Ransom Rest. I am trying to buy a used 6" Premier II as we speak. My pistols run with any mag I use and I use the Mc Cormick's a good bit. Am I lucky? I don't know. I just keep my pistols clean and lubed so they run smoothly.

My carry gun is a Les Baer "Stinger". I think there is no better pistol for carry or I would be carrying what ever I felt was better. I have a Wilson that will be right there with the Baers for any purpose. I have others that I love for different reasons. Chevy, Ford, Dodge? Which is the best. I sold my Ford and Drive a Chevy. Is it better?

The Brown is a much more expensive pistol than the Baer and it certainly is no better. It all boils down to what YOU want to put your hard earned dollars into. Once you do, I hope that you get good ones like the ones I have. There is nothing worse than buying a auto pistol and finding out that it is a pump action.

Good Luck, Buddy
Old 01-21-2006, 02:24 PM   #6
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I have an EB Kobra Carry, a full size Kobra, and a LB TRS. As far as mine, they are all great. My full size EB had some FTF's during the first few hundred rounds. Both the TRS and other EB have been 100%, though each has only had a few hundred rounds. I can't explain my reasoning, but if I had to carry a handgun in a life-or-death situation, I would reach for the TRS. Beauty---EB, hands down. Accuracy---toss up.
Old 01-22-2006, 04:04 PM   #7
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I have several that I would not hesitate to take to the edge. Hopefully I will never have to travel there again, so I pick a pistol on accuracy, reliability, and the sport that I will use it in.

Custom guns and semi-customs are nice, but I have several Para's and Kimbers that are great, too. I guess you can have good and bad in anything you buy. Just make sure that the manufacturer will stand behind his product and not balk.

Old 03-11-2007, 06:17 PM   #8
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Brown or LB or RRA

I too agonized over the same question of a Brown or LB TRS. The only appropriate answer is buy them both.
Old 07-15-2009, 10:30 PM   #9
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Re: Kobra??

Most of these people don"t know what they are talking about. I own a Les Baer SRP, a Wilson Combat CQB, and a Ed Brown Class A Limited. I am going to tell you right now that the ED BROWN is better in fit and finish and shoots just as good as anything out there. And add to the fact that now the PRICES of a Les Baer is not much cheaper anymore. Do youself a FAVOR buy the ED BROWN. :lol:
Old 07-16-2009, 03:21 PM   #10
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Re: Kobra??

Hopefully, after almost four years the thread originator has made up his mind... :lol:

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