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Old 02-21-2011, 16:33   #1
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My DW Valor range report....

Went to the range this weekend and put 165rds total rounds through it. I shot 150 of Federal Maroon colored box 230gr. FMJ and 15 rounds of Winchester PDX-1 230gr. Reliability was basically 100%...

I used Metalform 7rd, Wilson 47D 8rd, Wilson Elite 8rd, Chip McCormick Power 8rd, the supplied Check-mate 8rd and stock Colt 8rd mags.

Every mag fed rounds 100%. Every shot fed, fired and ejected from the gun itself. One thing though, my Valor does not like Colt or Colt based magazines. It fed 100% but failed to lock back the slide on the last round. I had 4 Colt 8rd mags and 4 Metalform mags which are like the original GI type and all 8 failed to lock the slide back.

The Wilsons, Chip McCormick and Check-mate mags had zero problems so I'm chalking it up to mag preference, not the gun. My first Ultra Carry didn't like Wilson Officer sized mags but ran like a freight train with everything else. Some 1911s just don't like certain mags. ETA: Cleaning off the mags, I just noticed I also brought a Wolff/ACT mag with me that ran 100% and locked the slide back no problem.

Accuracy was pretty good. The target below was a 5 shot group at 15 yards. Not my best and honestly won't comment any more on it until I take it to the range a few more times. I've gotten equal groups with my Colts, Springfield and Kimbers so I'm going to have to hit the range again soon. One thing I didn't do to the DW though was change the recoil spring to a 18.5# Wolff spring. I do this to even new 1911s because I can't stand 16# springs what-so-ever so this might be a reason the accuracy was equal to my other 1911s.

The other factor might be the straight 8 sights. I'm used to 3 dots or all black and haven't shot a 1911 with straight 8 sights in 3 years. I'm not sure why they even call the straight "8" sights since the barrier between the rear dot and the notch prevents them from ever becoming an "8" I think everything combined will take me another trip or 2 to get used to the sights again and use the correct spring weight.

The Turbo screws came from VZ. I still got shine on the grips from the flash but I basically take pictures to show something and don't go in depth with angles and lighting. I really think the screws go with the grips just right.

All in all it was a huge pleasure to shoot. After I change the spring and get used to the sights (or change them to 3 dots) I'm sure I'll love it even more.

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Old 02-21-2011, 17:48   #2
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Old 02-21-2011, 17:53   #3
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Old 02-21-2011, 18:00   #4
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Old 02-21-2011, 19:48   #7
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Old 02-21-2011, 19:55   #8
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Thanks for the comments. It wasn't my best shooting but I think it was more the sights than anything. I'll give it a few more range trips but if I can't get used to them I'll be looking for some 3 dot tritium that fit in the Heinie cut. I'm thinking I may only have to change out the rear but as of right now I'm not sure what height and style would work with the stock front.
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Old 02-21-2011, 20:53   #9
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Went to the range this weekend and put 165rds total rounds through it. I shot 150 of Federal Maroon colored box 230gr. FMJ and 15 rounds of Winchester PDX-1 230gr. Reliability was basically 100%...

I used Metalform 7rd, Wilson 47D 8rd, Wilson Elite 8rd, Chip McCormick Power 8rd, the supplied Check-mate 8rd and stock Colt 8rd mags.

Every mag fed rounds 100%. Every shot fed, fired and ejected from the gun itself. One thing though, my Valor does not like Colt or Colt based magazines. It fed 100% but failed to lock back the slide on the last round. I had 4 Colt 8rd mags and 4 Metalform mags which are like the original GI type and all 8 failed to lock the slide back.

The Wilsons, Chip McCormick and Check-mate mags had zero problems so I'm chalking it up to mag preference, not the gun. My first Ultra Carry didn't like Wilson Officer sized mags but ran like a freight train with everything else. Some 1911s just don't like certain mags. ETA: Cleaning off the mags, I just noticed I also brought a Wolff/ACT mag with me that ran 100% and locked the slide back no problem.

Accuracy was pretty good. The target below was a 5 shot group at 15 yards. Not my best and honestly won't comment any more on it until I take it to the range a few more times. I've gotten equal groups with my Colts, Springfield and Kimbers so I'm going to have to hit the range again soon. One thing I didn't do to the DW though was change the recoil spring to a 18.5# Wolff spring. I do this to even new 1911s because I can't stand 16# springs what-so-ever so this might be a reason the accuracy was equal to my other 1911s.

The other factor might be the straight 8 sights. I'm used to 3 dots or all black and haven't shot a 1911 with straight 8 sights in 3 years. I'm not sure why they even call the straight "8" sights since the barrier between the rear dot and the notch prevents them from ever becoming an "8" I think everything combined will take me another trip or 2 to get used to the sights again and use the correct spring weight.

The Turbo screws came from VZ. I still got shine on the grips from the flash but I basically take pictures to show something and don't go in depth with angles and lighting. I really think the screws go with the grips just right.

All in all it was a huge pleasure to shoot. After I change the spring and get used to the sights (or change them to 3 dots) I'm sure I'll love it even more.

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What is the reasoning behind the 18.5# spring?
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Old 02-21-2011, 21:06   #10
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What is the reasoning behind the 18.5# spring?
Its the spring weight I felt gives all around performance for all types of ammo. HP, ball,standard pressure and +P, the recoil is just right. The 1911s I've shot with 16# springs feel like the frame and slide are battering together. The recoil is just right for me and since I've never had a jam in 1911 I'll stick with it.

Some are saying the stock spring on the Valor is a 18.5# Wolff. Well after one range trip its a tad over 1/2 inch shorter than a new spring. Given that I've installed 18.5 recoil springs in all my 1911s and after many range trips only see a 1/4 inch of set I'm unsure what the weight and make of the spring really is.

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Old 02-21-2011, 21:07   #11
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Valors are great pistols. Glad you're loving yours!
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