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7th August 2005, 04:03
Yesterday I went looking for an Ed Brown KC Blue or EC blue and was drawn to the LB TRS.
The guy at the store had me leaning toward the EB (something about one guy building it the whole way through and then firing it 200 rds to ensure accuracy and reliability). However, after reading this forum, I may still be inclined toward the LB. The problem I have is that I'm L-handed and the TRS doesn't have ambi.
Any thoughts as to how much that would cost (which particular safety)? Any other suggestions on alternative LB's?
For those who have ordered through SportingArms, how much is UPS ground (ballpark) from TX to OH?
Thanks, great forum!
7th August 2005, 07:46
The TRS and the Premier 2 are the top selling LB's from what I can tell. I don't think LB makes any poor choices. You can order a TRS with aan ambi safety, but then it can't have the TRS grips on it. I'm left handed as well and usually go with an ambi on my guns.
7th August 2005, 08:52
I'm left handed and I own and shoot Ed Browns and Les baers. I also do Gunsmithing.
I carry a Thunder Ranch and have come to prefer a Right handed safety.
The Ambi safety is a week point on a 1911. The right side paddle tends to get loose and wiggle. Yea you can squeese the connection on the shaft to fix the problem. On a hard use 1911 the standard safety is the way to go.
I flick off the safety with my trigger finger on my TRS. The ambi's usually don't feel as positive On/Off and I worry about knocking the ambi off when I carry.
7th August 2005, 09:20
I bought my Les Baer PII w/1½" option from Sporting Arms, the shipping was $24. They provided the UPS second day tracking number which I used to check (several times a day) to watch my guns progress from TX to MO. I don't think I would want a gun sent by regular ground, in fact, I would have preferred next day air, but it wasn't offered. It arrived as promised, in perfect condition.
I am a southpaw also, and usually buy a 1911 with an ambi safety. Luckily my gunsmith is also left handed, so he is aware of my needs. In fact, on my IPSC open class 38 super, he custom made a beautiful ambi safety (larger on the right side,smaller on the left, just the opposite of regular ambi's) with thumb shield.
Your choice between the EB and LB will be a tough one. Good luck.
7th August 2005, 15:36
Shipping to Maine was $26 for me. Can't answer your southpaw question, no opinion.
7th August 2005, 23:07
I think I'll get the TRS w/out the ambi and see how it goes. That gun looks great and has a natural feel for me with the smaller grips. Now the only decision left is HC or Blue. I love this forum. My problem is that I stay up all night looking at all those pics!
9th August 2005, 08:24
I has the same difficulty in choosing. I decided on the TRS and have not regretted it one day. I have put approximately 4,000 rounds through my TRS and it is as dead on as the day I first fired. The nice thing now is is I can break it down for cleaning now without cutting the heck out of my hands.
I recently took a class in Southern Ohio and was hitting 50-60 yard shots in the jungle lane without a rest. I cannot complain about this weapon at all. I did find it challenging learning proper safety management in my non-dominant (left) hand when going through the left handed drills, but with practice, it becomes very fluent. Time and practice will solve most issues!
Anyway, I had the opportunity to shoot the Kobra Carry while at the school, and I will stay with my TRS. It's off at Tripp now being hard chromed, and I feel like I am waiting for a kid to get back from camp!
Big Sky Rancher
11th August 2005, 23:11
The Baer Custom Carry is very similar to the TRS except it has an ambi safety and the MSH is serrated rather than checkered like the TRS. The last time I checked the cost they were within $10 of each other.
12th August 2005, 00:58
I believe that is the ticket.
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