Ed Brown Releases Compact-Sized “Compact 1911”

Normally, its all the rage for 1911 companies to expand their SKUs in quick order. With so many 1911 fans and offerings in the market, companies find they often have to expand or die, with sales of the “standard” models being unable to keep companies going. Kimber and Wilson Combat are classic examples of SKU proliferation (though that does not mean quality has to suffer – Wilson makes excellent guns).

On the other hand, companies have opted to hone in on a few SKUs, instead focusing on utter perfection. Ed Brown is one of these, who’s offerings were typically below 20 SKUs, typically Commander or Full-Size offerings. One can argue that this was done to ensure reliable handguns (Officer’s models are quite picky), but Ed Brown held fast on the Officer.

As their press release touts, Ed Brown has listened to his customer base and has introduced a new SKU, the Compact, which while not a full “compact” in the traditional sense with both officer slide and frame, the Compact is a welcome hybrid – Officer’s frame with a Commander’s slide. If you ask me, this is the ideal 1911 carry sizing.

The Executive Compact starts are $2,695 for the stainless .45 ACP. Those wanting to step down to the 9mm will have a $100 upcharge. Base offerings are stainless frame with a stainless barrel. “Gen4” coloring is optional.

For more information, head on over to Ed Brown’s website. 


Details from Ed Brown:

  • 4.25″ Commander model slide, single stack compact (Officer’s size) frame.
  • Weight: approximately 37 ounces with an unloaded magazine inserted.
  • 25 LPI checkering on forestrap and mainspring housing.
  • Optional Gen4 coating for low glare, superior rust protection, and improved wear resistance.
  • Matte finished slide for low glare, with traditional “square cut” serrations on rear of slide only.
  • Fixed black rear sight, red fiber optic front sight.
  • PDF Order form
  • Download Specifications

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Tyler McCommon

    $2,700 for a heavy archaic “carry” gun. Eh no.

  • conrad

    checking the vault…

  • John Zie

    191 eh?

    • ostiariusalpha

      ‘Cause it’s more compact. 😆

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Doesnt the frame extension on the bottom defeat the purpose of an officer frame? Flush base 7 round officer mags do exist. If they do any modifications to the frame it should be rounding off the corner not adding more metal.

  • WFDT

    $2500 got me a minty Colt made in 1918.

  • AZgunner

    Oh good! Here I was with almost no options if I wanted to drop almost 3 grand on a 1911. Thank God someone has stepped up to fill this niche.

  • datimes

    If I thought for one second I would become a better shooter by purchasing one of these $3k guns I would sell some of the inventory any buy one. Unfortunately for these manufacturers I know it’s not based in reality.

  • Mark Horning

    So they make a CCO (which is what everyone else calls this combo) and then weld on a frame extension and use a steel frame adding a half pound of carry weight? Not impressed.

  • valorius

    I suppose it’s compact when compared to something like a 1976 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Looks like it weighs just about as much though. 😉


    I bought a project adventure/faux-rally car for the 9mm price in 2012. Love my Volvo 945.

    More power to the people who can afford these pistols. Even more power to those who regularly shoot them rather than perform gun oil to them, then rest it in a velvet lined box.

    I also feel as if modern cnc mavhining tolerances reduce the need for handfitting, or that is what it is supposed to do, right? Do we still /need/ 1911 artisans? (Need is a funny word, no?)

  • Cosmoline ‘n’ Coke

    Use whose instead of who’s. Proofread your content before posting.

    • retfed

      It’s hopeless. I’ve tried to explain that “its” as a possessive doesn’t have an apostrophe, and “it’s” means “it is” (just like “who’s”). When anyone bothers to reply, they just call me a pedantic (which I am, and proud of it) and tell me to get a life. Mediocrity is the new norm, and literacy is now a superpower that nobody wants. Who needs literacy when you have Spellcheck?
      Butt its bin grate too sea yew.

      • Old Vet

        Welcome to the “pedantic club” sir. I am a proud member also.

  • Jeff Webley

    37 ounce compact. Useless. Make it with an aluminum frame and drop the price 1200 and you might have something. Apologies for grammar, spelling, and syntax