Ed Brown Is this a good deal on a Kobra Carry?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Mark Littleton, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. random84

    random84 Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2020
    There was one in our EE at a similar price, not sure if it moved yet. I'd say good deal with the grips and extra mags - but the idiot scratch and mainspring housing scratch detract significantly IMHO. Its not OMG amazing buy it now kind of deal.... but I'd bid on it but probably not go up a ton for an every day shooter.

    Looks like a sweet pistol though.

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  2. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    Considering that it comes with probably $400 worth of very nice custom grips I would say this is a good deal.
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  3. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    I see that one set of grips is by our very own @Gripwright. I wonder if the other set is also his work.
  4. Mark Littleton

    Mark Littleton Active Member

    Dec 22, 2015
    How about that! I didn’t notice. They’re certainly very nice indeed!
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  5. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    Maybe Bob will see this post and let us know if he made the other set.
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  6. AGENT P


    Jun 24, 2019
    It's a hard no for me.
    I'd prefer to order new.
    Or try to find one in the classifieds here.
    That said you don't see these come up for sale a lot.
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  7. Lamont56

    Lamont56 Member

    Aug 17, 2018
    If I were to buy a used Ed Brown, I'd be looking at the Factory Certified Trade-Ins on Ed Brown's site: https://www.edbrown.com/product-category/handguns/factory-certified/
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  8. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    IMHO, buying used here at addicts is a lot less risky than buying off gunpoker. But I must say that EB , with its great gripwright grips, looks pretty nice to me.
  9. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    Good deal, no. Fair deal, yes.

    While I'd prefer the non-blem in the MSH and the idiot mark -- the grips are not cheap and worth $300 ($150 each) at a minimum so it helps greatly. Being in a KC around $2,000 is about as good as it gets. Plus you get a bunch of magazines figure $25 each for those with shipping.

    With that being said I wouldn't pay a penny higher than the $2,300

    Personally (and my opinion does't matter, yours does) I don't like the old school billboard on the right part of the slide and would spend several hundred more for a newer model without the dings, if you are going to go this far. I have one, it's freakin beautiful in person, on the verge of breath taking. I'll post a picture at bottom.

    This sold at $2,300 on 7/17 but it's a newer model


    This sold at $2,525 with 31 bids in June


    This sold at $2,375 in July


    Here's one with a rail that brought $2,800


    $2,595 for a new one


    Kobra Carry.jpg
  10. SteveCNJ

    SteveCNJ Member

    Oct 17, 2019
    I'd spend the extra $200 and buy the new one.

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  11. Mark Littleton

    Mark Littleton Active Member

    Dec 22, 2015
    Thanks for the links! And I agree about the old school "Kobra Carry" on the right side - I much prefer the newer, smaller script on the left side, or a naked slide.

    And you truly do have a beautiful Kobra Carry! That's exactly what I picture when I think of a KC!
  12. Eddie D

    Eddie D Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2020
    I think azguy pretty much summed it up, IMHO
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  13. blamo

    blamo Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2018
    Solid advice above. I love my three Kobras, carry a LW KC every day and hate to think I'd ever sell my low 4-digit stainless KC (though I agree about the billboard and would prefer a naked slide). Unless you really need the snakeskin, if it were me I'd snap up the EC in the classifieds because it is one hell of a deal.
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  14. Mark Littleton

    Mark Littleton Active Member

    Dec 22, 2015
    I think someone already snagged that one. Believe me, I thought about it. But as usual, I debated with myself too long. I’m pretty good at that.
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  15. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    I wouldn't settle for the large billboard one then. Scrounge up a few hundred more and you can score one on GB, be patient, they are around.
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  16. Nick Rice

    Nick Rice Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2017
    That looked like a good buy.

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  17. 340pd

    340pd Active Member

    Jul 29, 2020
    I sold mine because I didn't like the Bobtail. I bought it used for $2000 and sold it a couple of years later at my LGS for $1900. A small hit but I was hot for something else at the time.
    When it comes to pre-owned guns I find any extras bring little if any value. If I sell a gun that I have say, a set if Spegel grips, of a lot of extra mags, I pull them off and sell them separately.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2020
  18. tocohillsguy

    tocohillsguy New Member

    May 14, 2012
    Looks like Sarge to me.
  19. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    Guns worth about 2k max IMO. It’s a very old Kobra I personally wouldn’t pay over 1800$ for an old Kobra.
    And comes pre idiot scratched. the extras really IMO don’t add much value.
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