First Look: Ed Brown MP-F4 Pistol

posted on May 14, 2021

For more than 50 years, Ed Brown Products, Inc. has been creating some of the highest quality 1911 parts and handguns. Now, the company is adding the new F4 model to its Fueled Series of custom firearms that are based on the popular Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 9mm pistol. 

Ed Brown Products has taken advantage of modern technology and re-engineered every part in the 1911 in order to achieve the best performance possible. This same philosophy is now being applied to other handgun platforms such as the S&W M&P 2.0. 

Sales and Marketing Director John May said, “After over 50 years of being the custom 1911 source, Ed Brown is now the custom M&P source as well. Just one more reason, that if you haven’t looked at Ed Brown in a while, it is time to look again!” 

The new MP-F4 shares most of the custom features and characteristics of its three predecessors with the exception of a gold-colored barrel. Barrels are coated in Titanium Nitride, giving this new pistol a luxurious appeal that stands out from the crowd. The Black Nitride custom slide, black custom trigger, and black frame add to the visually distinctive look of the MP-F4. In addition to this, there is an Ed Brown custom accuracy rail that is the heart of the Fueled Series. 

The MP-F4 has a fully machined custom slide, with custom cuts for a striking appearance, but still leaving material in all the right areas for hard use and to maintaining functionality. The slide is precisely fitted to the barrel improving lockup and accuracy. The 416 stainless, button rifled match barrel is customized with Ed Brown tread flutes and includes ½ x 28 threads and a custom thread protector, making it fully suppressor ready. 

The re-designed and re-engineered custom extractor mates perfectly to the custom slide to ensure maximum reliability. Custom sights finish off the package, along with a custom trigger. A 360-degree mag well paired with machined base pads, machined frame pins and aluminum backplate with custom serrations. Each Fueled Series model is fitted by hand with the same focus and care that Ed Brown Products has been putting into their products for more than 50 years. 

Ed Brown Products also offers a complete line of fully machined parts and accessories are available for Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 in addition to four Fueled Series models. For more information on these guns as well as other items from Ed Brown Products, please visit


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