Massad Ayoob Signature Edition
(No longer available for sale, for historical purposes only)
We are pleased to introduce a limited edition 1911 from Ed Brown Products, Inc.
in collaboration with Massad Ayoob. This special edition 1911 is called the Massad Ayoob Signature
Edition, and is based on our popular Executive Carry series, with a few enhancements as per Massad
Massad Ayoob has been law enforcement editor for American Handgunner magazine for more than 30 years, and handgun editor of Guns for a similar period. He is also a long-time associate editor of Combat Handguns and Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, and for more than a decade has been firearms editor for Backwoods Home magazine. He is the author of many books, including "In the Gravest Extreme", considered the authoritative text on the use of defensive deadly force by private citizens and, most recently, the "Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry". He co-stars on Tom Gresham's show Personal Defense TV, and is the star of many training films. Ayoob won the coveted title of Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year in 1998. He has worked successfully for 30 years as an expert witness defending accused cops and armed citizens after self-defense shootings, and served for some 20 years as chair of the firearms committee for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. He has served as director of Lethal Force Institute since 1981.
Massad has won many state and regional combat shooting championships, some with the 1911 .45 pistol, and is one of only seven Five-Gun Masters in IDPA. When Ed Brown Products, Inc. asked him what he would want in an ideal 1911 pistol for concealed carry, home defense, and even duty use, Ayoob picked the 4.25" barrel with the Bobtail frame as the ideal starting platform. Based on three decades of defending often false allegations of accidental discharges by his clients, he specified a 4.5 pound trigger pull, demanding a smooth stroke and a crisp let-off. An extra-heavy duty firing pin spring was specified to failsafe against "inertia discharge" should the pistol be dropped or struck. Night sights were a must to prevent errant shots in poor light, and because the job of the pistol is to send the bullet true to the target reliably, he insisted on 2" or better 25-yard accuracy with JHP ammo, with total feeding and cycling reliability. Checkered frame straps to prevent shifting in the hand, Micarta stocks designed with the same purpose in mind, and an ambidextrous thumb safety, complete the package. Of course, this all-stainless pistol comes chambered for Ayoob's favorite defensive pistol cartridge, the .45 ACP. The result is the Massad Ayoob Signature Model, the latest purpose-built top-quality 1911 from Ed Brown Products, Inc..
The Massad Ayoob Signature Edition is the solution for those who prefer a smaller model 1911, but insist on complete reliability. The slide has been reduced to the minimum possible (4.25") without significantly impairing the legendary reliability of the 5" slide. The frame has been modified with the innovative Ed Brown Bobtail® housing which reduces the projecting butt of the mainspring housing without sacrificing the full size frame and magazine capacity. The Bobtail® minimizes the print under your jacket when carrying and reduces weight. Officer's frames reduce magazine capacity and limit grip, while keeping the projecting, sharp butt. Slides shorter than 4.25" are notorious for reduced reliability. These problems are eliminated with the Ed Brown Commander Bobtail® configuration, which reflects the genius of John Browning with an innovative modern flair. The functional simplicity has yet to be matched. Unique with the Executive series pistols is the 25 LPI checkered frame and "half checkered" Bobtail®. This pattern is not too rough on the hands, but not too fine for a secure grip. The Executive Carry is truly at the top of it's field. Get promoted to an Executive Carry - it's a serious tool for the competent professional!
The Massad Ayoob Limited Edition features the following:
- 4.25" Commander model slide, single stack commander Bobtail® frame. The John Browning traditional design innovatively modified for concealed carry, without significantly detracting from reliability or accuracy.
- Weight: approximately 35 ounces with an unloaded magazine inserted.
- Exclusive 25 LPI checkering on forestrap and Bobtail®.
- Matte finished slide for low glare, with traditional "square cut" serrations on rear of slide only.
- Black G10 grips with checkering.
- Massad Ayoob signature laser engraved on right hand side of slide, Massad Ayoob Signature Edition engraved on left hand side of slide.
- Fixed dovetail 3-dot night sights with high visibility white outlines.
- Retail price: $2,720.
Each firearm comes with a copy of the Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, by
From the publisher....Massad Ayoob is one of the pre-eminent fighting handgun trainers in the world. He operates the Lethal Force Institute, which trains both U.S. and international clients. His methods of reflexive, high speed yet accurate shooting has been adopted by the U.S. army as part of its standard pistol-training course. Massad has written many books for Krause Publications, including Combat Handgunnery, The Gun Digest Book of Sig-Sauer, and The Gun Digest Book of Beretta Pistols. In addition to tactical aspects of self-defense, practical information like choosing the right firearm and ammunition, used gun purchases, and all legal aspects of self-defense with a gun are also extensively covered in this complete and authoritative look at concealed carry.
Watch the video of Ed Brown and Massad Ayoob at SHOT show.