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Les Baer Premier II

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Iceberg, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    I'm ready to move up a notch in the 1911 world. Do any of you have a Les Baer Custom Premier II? Thoughts? I handled one at Brightwater Ventures in Vancouver and was really impressed w/ the quality of the build.

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  2. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Specifically what do you want to know about this pistol? I know quite a bit about it and have trained with this model extensive. What do you intend to do with it? Serious self-defense, conceal carry, plinking, bullseye, fun gun?
     
  3. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    Probably use it at the range 1st them maybe some bullseye.
     
  4. 45 for me

    45 for me Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have an early LB custom (3 digit serial). Similar to a premier 2, differences being a magwell, no ambi safety, and a flared out MSH.

    here is a picture:
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    My review:

    Extremely accurate shooter. The inherent accuracy is great, as are the ergonomics (sights and light trigger). I can shoot as well with this as a quality 22 target pistol. You would expect that for what you are paying. The fit an finish are excellent. The one above has seen at least 1000 rounds, without any breakage or drop off in accuracy or loosening in fit (which is amazingly tight).

    You definitely get spoiled shooting this. The action is as slick as any gun I have tried. Fair warning: When you have a gun this tight, it gets picky about being dirty and what kind of ammo you are shooting. Takes some time to clean too because it still requires a bushing wrench almost 20 years after it was made.

    IMHO this is a great range gun.

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  5. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I like them but like Kimbers better. But if you like it get it. It's a 1911 a gun that will be around another 100 years. In my opinion though I cannot stand target sites on any gun. But if you going to use it for that better get them. LOL Good gun and you will have fun.
     
  6. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Oh okay then this is a great choice for your application! If you order one you can get it in 1" @ 50 yards which even tightens it up considerably more. I know!

    There are many underlining features the average person doesn't realize about this pistol and its creator. If you want to visit off line about this particular model then email me at dan@oregonfirearmsacademy.com

    I'm fortunate enough to shoot the first Premier II delivered into the Pacific NW before Les became so famous. I have a long history with Baer guns and this one in particular. As I stated earlier, I've trained (and not just shot) this model a lot and have some pro/con experiences working with it...if this is of value.

    Fire me an email if you want to continue this discussion...
     
  7. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    Mine-not a Premier, but like all Baers, the same underlying gun......You can order a Premier however you'd like, with fixed combat sights, no front cocking serrations, single or ambi safety, blued or Baercoated etc. I changed out the sights on this one to a 10-8 rear and an xs front....
    Mechanically, absolutely solidly put together, maybe a bit workmanlike around the edges...This one I picked up gently used for a song, I think the only thing that can come close at around the $1600 level would be a used Brown or a new Dan Wesson Valor at around $1400

    now has a solid trigger and CT grips:
     
  8. kaz440

    kaz440 Vancouver Wa Member

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    I have a PII also, it is without a doubt my favorite pistol I own. You are welcome to meet me at a range and give it a whirl, Sundays are the only day I have available though.

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  9. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    My new Premier II is finally at my dealer & I can pick it up tomorrow. It is going to be a long night......lol.
     
  10. shooter

    shooter Ridgefield Member

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    Yes it will, but at least you'll have sweet dreams. I have a couple of Baer's, they don't dissapoint... real quality. Take a pic for us when you get her home!
     
  11. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    I believe it was crazy john or something similiar had the P2's with a free upgrade on the accuracy package.
     
  12. kaz440

    kaz440 Vancouver Wa Member

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    Who did you go thru on the Baer? I am going to be buying my second soon, and was wanting to get the best deal possible.
     
  13. Iceberg

    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    $1589;
    Jon Unruh
    Oak Hill Enterprises
    1242 Oak Hill Rd
    Ulster, PA 18850
    ph 570-529-3716
    Oak Hill Enterprises - Home
     
  14. kaz440

    kaz440 Vancouver Wa Member

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    That's a great price! May I ask who your local FFL is and what he charged to handle the transfer and taxes ect? I am prob going to get a stainless stinger (officers) with my tax returns this year. I love shopping for new toys!
     
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    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Iceberg Forest Grove Active Member

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    Tim McDermott
    McDermott Gun Repair
    3311 E. Evergreen Blvd.
    Vancouver, WA 98661-4929


    Phone: 360-693-2382
    Fax: 360-693-2382
    Cell Phone: 360-921-9546
    Hours: 1:00 PM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday thru Saturday
    Long Gun Fee: $20.00
    Hand Gun Fee: $20.00
     
  17. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    wows thats a niiiice pistol. I want a 1911 so bad but have about 3 other guns to get 1st.Congrats!
     
  18. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    nice, very nice.....
     
  19. 2Z4

    2Z4 Milwaukie Active Member

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    I am on my 2nd Les Baer - Thunder Ranch special. I sold the first because it was too nice to carry (big mistake). I've handled and shot Wilsons and Kimbers as well. Wilson's finishes are nicer than Baer but they're not as tight a gun. Kimbers are good guns, but they're not in the same class as Ed Brown, Wilson Combat, Les Baer, etc. Baer is a good buy, even though they're raised prices the past couple years. If I buy another 1911 (even if money were not a consideration) it will be a Les Baer. Although I'll admit the most accurate gun I've ever owned (well...pistols) is an HK Mark 23.
     
  20. kaz440

    kaz440 Vancouver Wa Member

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    Nice, let me know if you don't like it for any reason.... there is always room in my safe for another Baer!