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Thread: Special Forces or Alpha Elite

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    Special Forces or Alpha Elite

    It's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I've again been bitten by the 1911 bug after shooting and carrying Sigs and HK's almost exclusively for the past year or so. I'm wanting a full size custom 1911 and the two that have caught my eye this time are the Special Forces and the Alpha Elite from Ed Brown. Their standard factory configuration is exactly what I want aside from the grips (I prefer wood to G10)...it's everything that a fighting 1911 needs to be and nothing else. The issue I have is trying to discern any substantial difference between the two. Does anyone here have experience with both that they can chime in with?

    Thanks

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    Don't have one. The only difference I see in catalog cuts is that they have different grip roughening styles and the Special Forces is painted different colors.

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    Don't own either one. Have you contacted Ed Brown Products to see what they say about them?
    Like someone's grandpa used to say "I can sit here quietly and let everyone think I'm stupid, or I can say something and confirm it for them."

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    I've had a stainless Ed Brown Kobra Carry for several years (it's in my avatar) and had a black over gray Special Forces model "built" in the same format with the bob-tailed grip. Both are excellent pistols. The finish on the Special Forces is soft, though, and will scratch easily but is stainless underneath. Thin grips on both pistols. Easy to carry with right ISWB holster.

    -- Chuck
    Last edited by Chuck S; 2nd September 2017 at 15:52.


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