I e-mailed earlier today. We are closed due to the 12" of rain we received this morning, but we should be back tomorrow. Oh well, at least I won't have to water the yard for a few days.
I think the Tactical Elite is comparable to the Brown. Bill Wilson says that the same guy (or 2 guys, I don't recall for sure) who builds the Super Grade builds the Tactical Elite, and it takes the same number of hours to build as a Super Grade, so clearly a lot of hand-fitting goes into the gun, but it's about $800 less than the Super Grade. From a business/ man-hour standpoint, I wouldn't be surprised if they discontinued the Tactical Elite.
I don't ever cut the ties off, so I haven't examined the inside of the gun, but the fit and finish around the mag well funnel , beavertail, etc is all very nicely done. The matte hard chrome looks really nice, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you what the test target is like.
I like my Brown Bobtail enough to pick up the line (and I have been wearing it quite a bit, too), but I think Brown, Les Baer, and all the rest could learn a lot about packaging their guns from Wilson. I hate to drop $1,500-3,500 to get a gun with a cheap rug or wrapped in brown paper in a cardboard box, with only 1 mag. Bill WIlson is one of the few in the gun business who really understands marketing on all levels. I have never had a guy buy a Wilson and complain about feeling cheated when he opens the gun case. I can't say the same about some of the others, regardless of how good (or just expensive) their guns may be. Anyway, that's my .02 Now where is ROSENGHAL?
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