When you hear the words “custom” and “1911” in the same sentence, does your wallet cringe?
For the last 20 years, 1911 fans have had an icon in the form of the Ed Brown Kobra Carry…and recently, the custom 1911 company took their famous high-end, hand-built 1911 pistols to a place few 1911s have gone before: the magical land known as “an MSRP below $2K.” They call it the Evolution series, and the KC9 G4 pays homage to the original Ed Brown Kobra Carry that is still spoken of in awed whispers among those in the know. Like its spiritual forefather, the KC9 has the revolutionary Ed Brown Bobtail (which is now a standard offering among major grip makers), stainless steel base, and Snakeskin treatment.
Of course, much has changed here in America in two decades–and when it comes to concealed-carry laws, the changes are for the better. So the latest Ed Brown Evolution has changed with our expanded self-defense freedoms with an optimized CCW pistol. It’s a 9mm, and it’s smaller, thinner, and lighter than the original Kobra Carry. The re-engineered slide has been shortened to 4 inches, thinned substantially for weight reduction, and includes a unique 7-top custom cut, with special front and rear serrations. A recessed slide stop completes the package, making for the perfect custom 9mm 1911.
Naturally, the KC9 retains 100 percent 1911 controls and handling characteristics, and makes use of standard 1911 magazines. It boasts standard 1911 grips with the Ed Brown Bobtail cut. Some parts were completely re-designed to take advantage of modern improvements such as the new external extractor, easy-to-change front sight, smaller “Tactical Edge” rear sight, bull barrel, and a flat wire recoil spring system.
Completely hand built with fully machined parts, and backed by the Ed Brown Lifetime Warranty, it’s available at an MSRP of $1995, fully equipped. For more, check out the cool video below, or visit Ed Brown’s page to check availability here.