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The year 2018 marked our 50th year in business, and the second generation family leadership continues to evolve the 1911 with the release of the first model of the EVO series, the KC9. Optimized for 9mm, smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Kobra Carry, the KC9 was an instant best-seller. All of the Ed Brown quality we are known for, in a modern evolved 1911 platform, with a ground-breaking price of only $1,895, a price which shocked the custom gun industry. Our investments in technology, state-of-the-art equipment, complete vertical integration, a full line of 1911 parts of our own design, and 50 years of accumulated knowledge and expertise have made it possible.
We have bench-marked our business processes and customer service against the best companies in the world, and evolved our methods into the most efficient customer system in the industry. Our customers can now contact us 24/7 with any question or issue, and be instantly routed to the proper channel for the speediest resolution possible by a subject expert. Our custom build page allows the customer to spec out a custom gun and get fully educated on more than 100 options in the process, and then get a final exact price, and delivery estimate, in real time, and even place the order automatically if they choose. We also made the conversion to a LIVE online inventory system that always shows inventory levels in real time. Even though we are the ONLY custom gun company to offer a written warranty, we figured out how to top that by adding a Risk-free online purchase policy, a Trade-up program for your old firearm, and a Basic Service Package to make it easier than ever to return your firearm to the factory for service or retro options.
If you'd like to learn more, please watch the video, and look through some of company history, our manufacturing philosophy, and our leadership team below. You will see exactly why Ed Brown Products continues to "Evolve the 1911" and remains your "First Choice in Custom Handguns".
Company HistoryRead the history of Ed Brown Products
A lifetime of experience in engineering, manufacturing, and precision hand craftsmanship, combined with world championship combat shooting experience, were the key ingredients in the formation of Ed Brown Products, Inc. The company has evolved over 50 years from gunsmithing, to parts manufacturing, to firearms manufacturing, and managed a successful transition to the second generation. Throughout this process, we have never lost sight of our passion for making the world’s finest 1911 pistol.
Ed Brown received his FFL and began business as a part-time gunsmith in 1968 under the name "Brown's Gun Shop". For 20 years on evenings and weekends, he honed his skill, experience, and reputation as one of the world's finest pistol-smiths, while during the day he worked as a tool and die maker, CNC programmer, and CAD/CAM designer. Ed began shooting IPSC and Bianchi Cup in 1980, and was ranked in the Top 16 of the World as a championship combat shooter.
Frustrated by the second-rate quality of 1911 parts he had to work with, he envisioned a full line of quality aftermarket parts of superior designs, that met the needs of the modern combat shooter. On March 30, 1988, this vision became reality when he quit his day job as a tool and die maker to launch his parts business. Within months, the world's largest firearm components distributor, Brownell's, added Ed Brown's famous beavertail, magwell, and hammer to their catalog. Parts production began to take off, while demand for Ed's gunsmithing work continued to increase. His gunsmithing career peaked in 1991, and he was awarded "Pistolsmith of the Year" by his fellow Guild members, a prestigious honor which, at that time, was awarded only to those who have shown the highest degree of honesty and craftsmanship in their work. That same year, Ed announced he was changing his focus from gunsmithing to parts manufacturing exclusively, as time was too limited to effectively do both.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. incorporated June of 1992 to manufacture a complete line of 1911 components and accessories. Custom pistol work was no longer being accepted.
In 1998, after manufacturing all the major components of the 1911, Ed's two sons Travis and Wade joined the business full time. A new direction was established - the design and manufacture of a complete line of Ed Brown firearms. The next few years were invested in plant expansion and R&D for the design and manufacture of the Ed Brown 1911 frame and slide.
In 2001, the Brown family began to selectively establish an authorized dealer network across the country for Ed Brown firearms. Within a few short years, Ed Brown firearms were present in high-end retail establishments across the US, and in many foreign countries.
The presidential elections of 2008 and 2012, combined with the 100 year anniversary of the 1911, created an unprecedented demand for our 1911 product line, and years of explosive growth followed. Ed Brown retired from the business in 2010 at age 65, leaving the business operations in the hands of his two capable sons.
The year 2018 marked our 50th year in business, and the second generation leadership continues to "Evolve the 1911" with the release of the first model of the EVO series, the KC9. Optimized for 9mm, smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Kobra Carry, the KC9 was an instant best-seller. All of the Ed Brown quality we are known for, in a modern evolved 1911 platform, with a ground-breaking price of only $1,895, a price which shocked the custom gun industry, at less than half the price of competitor offerings. Our investments in technology, state-of-the-art equipment, complete vertical integration, and 50 years of accumulated knowledge and expertise have made it possible. This evolutionary leap was large enough to justify evolving the logo of the company itself, and the new EB logo was trademarked and made public.
Today, Ed Brown Products, Inc. operates in a state-of-the-art 20,000+ square foot, Missouri-based facility. We have invested over $25 million dollars in the latest, high-tech CNC equipment which turns forgings and bar stock steel into some of the world's finest firearms. Leading edge technology is gracefully combined with traditional, old-world craftsmanship under the direct supervision of the Brown family. Our track record now spans over 50 years of success, and our complete line of innovative 1911 parts, and 1911 handguns, represent the pinnacle of engineering, hand craftsmanship, and performance. Our goal as a family-owned and family-operated business is to sustain our competitive advantage into the future, as we remain focused on the needs of our customers, and continue to invest in new manufacturing methods and technology, to raise the bar for custom 1911 excellence.
The Ed Brown WayRead how Ed Brown firearms are made
Ed Brown firearms are engineered, machined, and handcrafted for performance under the direct supervision of the Brown family. We continually strive to make the very best high grade, high performance, custom firearms, at a reasonable price and delivery, using our own innovative designs, superior components, and old-fashion hand-craftsmanship. All backed by a lifetime written warranty and excellent customer service. Our firearm manufacturing philosophy rests on 3 pillars, upon which we have built our nearly 50 years of success.
1. Engineered for performance
We started with the original 1911 prints, and then CAD/CAM redesigned the entire firearm to take full advantage of modern manufacturing technology. We re-toleranced all the parts, and left extra stock in the critical areas, so every part could be precision fit correctly, the first time, by a master craftsman. Only the finest materials are called for to meet our engineering specifications, which in most cases means forgings, or pre-heat treated steel for precision machining. We incorporated all the proven “better mousetrap” aftermarket parts seamlessly into the original 1911 design, in a tasteful and elegant way. Every part has been redesigned, enhanced, or more closely toleranced for one thing: Performance.
2. Precision machined in America
All of the main components in our firearms are manufactured in-house under the direct supervision of the Brown family. This means that we have virtually complete control over the quality and delivery of the final product. We have invested over 25 million dollars in state-of-the-art CNC manufacturing technology specifically for the firearms industry. This is what it takes to truly make your own components in-house. Inside our 20,000+ square foot, Missouri-based facility, you will find the latest in 5-axis machining centers, swiss type turning machines, precision broaching, surface grinders, fine polishing equipment, fiber lasers, and coordinate measuring machines. It is this investment of resources that has made us the leader in the field, and will keep us at the leading edge in the future.
3. Hand-crafted to perfection
In addition to all the high tech inspection methods and equipment we use, every part on every gun is carefully hand-fitted by a master craftsman, under direct supervision of the Brown family. The instant you pick up an Ed Brown 1911, you can see and feel the quality, in all the details. We go that extra mile by putting more hand fitting and finishing into our firearms than any other manufacturer, resulting in some of the most attractive firearms available anywhere at any price.
Our CustomersRead about Ed Brown customers
Ed Brown products are used by enthusiasts and professionals around the world, from discriminating collectors of fine firearms, to executives who can afford the best, to elite military operators whose lives depend upon their equipment. Regardless of their background, they all share our passion for the 1911 handgun. Whether for competition, carry, duty, home protection, or just a fun day on the range, we have a full selection of custom options to meet your needs. Our customers prefer the unmatched 100+ year track record of the 1911, are serious about performance, and appreciate the highest quality money can buy. They view a firearm as an investment in a quality piece of craftsmanship that they can stake their lives on if necessary. They want the real deal, not marketing sizzle, propaganda, or gimmicks. This is why a high percentage of our clients are military, law enforcement professionals, government agencies, and industry experts. They want the highest quality guns, built by real engineers with shooting experience, with full control over their own production methods and quality control. They also need the product quickly, built to their custom configuration, at competitive prices, and backed by a company with an outstanding track record who will stand behind their product. Our customers own many firearms, and are convinced that Ed Brown makes the finest, most consistent, quality custom firearms and accessories available anywhere, from anyone, at any price.
Those in the industry know and choose Ed Brown as their first choice. The top firearms dealers stock and recommend Ed Brown. Cabela's chose us as their first high-end 1911 for their famous gun library. Jeff Cooper's family chose Ed Brown to manufacture the Jeff Cooper pistol to commemorate his legacy. The majority of reputable gunsmiths have used Ed Brown parts for many years. Many manufacturers both large and small outsource their OEM production to Ed Brown. We receive sales and market share data from the major parts distributors, and Ed Brown continues to be #1, year after year.
Leadership TeamRead about our leadership team
Travis Brown - CEO/CFO
Travis has worked just about every role in the company since the early 1990's, from building guns to setting up the original accounting system in the early days. Preserving the Ed Brown Products legacy, and growing it for the future, has been most of his life's work. Travis holds an MBA and is a CPA, and has been an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, since 2013. He has had the privilege by special invitation to undergo intensive combat shooting training from the Mid-South Institute, where our nation's elite military are trained. Most of his time is spent on growth, and leading continual improvement efforts within the company. Travis enjoys reading, traveling to different parts of the world, and exchanging the latest business and manufacturing ideas with his peers.
Wade Brown - Chief gun builder, R&D
At a young age Wade learned the art of gun building directly from Ed Brown, and has taken it to new levels. Wade now serves as chief gun builder, and oversees a team of highly trained craftsmen to produce the Ed Brown firearms. Wade personally inspects every firearm, to ensure it is worthy of bearing the Brown family name. This often includes test firing, where Wade has fired hundreds of thousands of rounds through 1911's in testing and development. Wade also spends a large portion of his time working on R&D projects, and is skilled in Solidworks and GibbsCam. Wade enjoys hunting in rural Missouri as well as other states, and playing golf.
John May - Sales/Marketing Director
John started out selling holsters and accessories at gun shows over 30 years ago. Today he helps drive the sales and marketing efforts at the highest level at Ed Brown Products. A true industry veteran, he has been there and done that, with over 20 years experience in firearms manufacturing management, five-time IDPA national match director, and years behind the trigger of a 1911. He is a graduate of a host of firearm training classes, an NRA Instructor, and an Arkansas Concealed Carry Instructor. John has a unique ability to connect with customers and help them sort out any possible issues or concerns that may arise, whether it be for self defense, carry, or competition. He spends most of his time directing the sales and marketing efforts, and keeping the pipeline full of new projects as he connects regularly with gun writers, editors, customers, and other companies in the industry.
Travis Shinn - Firearms Manager
Travis oversees the daily supervision and training of the highly talented team of gun builders, and ensures that every gun built exceeds Ed Brown standards, both on the bench, and on the range. Travis has years of experience in machine shop training, and is an accomplished welder and chasis builder.
Steven Kramer - Final Finish Manager
Steve oversees the final finish department with a critical eye. Whether it is our famous stainless finish, or one of our proprietary coatings, he ensures that every finish exceeds Ed Brown standards. Steve has years of experience in automobile body work, paint and detailing, and lots of retail firearm sales experience.
John Long - Production Manager, Machine Shop
John oversees the 20,000+ square foot machine shop and ensures that production keeps flowing smoothly, and all stringent QC standards are exceeded. John has years of experience with CNC machining, programming, and training. John is also a trained first responder and volunteer fireman.
Renea Brown - Office manager
Renea oversees the daily supervision and training of the sales and order processing functions, ensuring that orders are processed and shipped accurately on a daily basis. She is in touch with Ed Brown dealers on a regular basis, and always ready to help them with their needs.
Karri Brown - Graphic Artist, Customer Service
Karri does much of the back-end work on marketing administration, such as maintaining the website and creating newsletters. She also oversees customer service, and interacts with retail customers on a daily basis, which helps her ensure that our website and social media remain relevant to customer needs.