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Old 09-18-2012, 20:48   #1
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Dan Wesson 1911

I was looking at a Dan Wesson 1911 tonight so anyone out there have any experience with them? Are they worth it? Quality good? Right now i have a few Kimbers, colts , springfields.
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Old 09-18-2012, 20:51   #2
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Old 09-18-2012, 20:52   #3
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I think they're very good 1911s.

That said, I'd sooner buy a Les Baer for the price of some of them.
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Old 09-18-2012, 21:02   #4
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My father-in-law has had a bobtail for quite some time. It's a great gun. He has a couple of Kimbers and prefers the DW to both.
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Old 09-18-2012, 21:08   #5
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I think they're very good 1911s.

That said, I'd sooner buy a Les Baer for the price of some of them.
I agree. I just picked up a used CBOB for a good price, and it looks like it's been shot very little. I don't think I'd get a new Dan Wesson right now, though. The new Valors around me are +/- $1600 and that's close enough to push me towards a Premier II.

I haven't shot my CBOB yet, but it is the first 1911 I've had that requires a bushing wrench. It's built very tight. The only thing I'm not wild about is that there are visible tool marks on the barrel bushing.

I guess my comments boil down to, if you can find a good used Dan Wesson for a good price, go for it. A new one? They are still great guns, but I think there are better options for only a little more money (if that even).
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Old 09-18-2012, 21:20   #6
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I'm not real big on the new DW pricing.
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Old 09-18-2012, 23:52   #7
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It seems like years ago, pre-CZ, CBOBs could be easily found in the $900 range. They sure are beautiful pistols IMO.
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I think they're very good 1911s.

That said, I'd sooner buy a Les Baer for the price of some of them.




Dan Wessons are better than Les Baers these days. I know I read it on the errornet.
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Dan Wessons are better than Les Baers these days. I know I read it on the errornet.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:49   #10
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The one I got to shoot recently was a Heritage. I fell in love with it immediately; felt better than any 1911 I have ever used, although I have only fired about a half dozen or so. At 10 yards I made a one inch hole without really trying.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:18   #11
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I have a vbob and it is a very nice pistol. Very accurate and no problems of any kind.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:21   #12
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I think they're very good 1911s.

That said, I'd sooner buy a Les Baer for the price of some of them.
but Baers come in a cardboard box.
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but Baers come in a cardboard box.


That was a thread for the ages.
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Old 09-19-2012, 18:03   #14
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i saw a photo of a glock 1911 , model G1911. they had a Ed brown i few weeks ago and i was going to trade in a few to get that but it sold and saw they had a bunch of dan wesson's, thanks eveyone for your input.
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Old 09-19-2012, 18:24   #15
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I picked up a CBOB that was a mfgr's rep demo gun. Excellent value. Great gun. It's a keeper. I doubt I could get the same deal today, but two years ago, it was amazing.

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Old 09-19-2012, 20:30   #16
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Didn't know you can get a Les Baer for the same amount of money but I love the stainless VBOB that I have and have no regrets.
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Old 09-19-2012, 21:59   #17
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I have a SS Valor I got off GB for $1,350 delivered, fantastic gun, super accurate and runs 100%. One of the best looking 1911s out there, IMHO.
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Didn't know you can get a Les Baer for the same amount of money but I love the stainless VBOB that I have and have no regrets.
For the black Valor you can.
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I have a SS Valor I got off GB for $1,350 delivered, fantastic gun, super accurate and runs 100%. One of the best looking 1911s out there, IMHO.
It's certainly a beautiful 1911.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:55   #20
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I own the Dan Wesson CCO. Great gun - wouldn't trade it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:58   #21
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:16   #22
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I had a VBOB briefly last year.

I put about 1K rounds through it and gave up. It ran a 2-3% fail to feed with factory ball and was always rusting.
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I have one of the black valors when they first came out years ago. Since then I've bought a commander, heritage, and a SS valor. I like them alot!!! I'm also not an expert when it comes to 1911's, but I do think they're worth the money.
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Someone mentioned Les Baer a while back, this guy did an extensive comparison and found the DW to be more accurate:

http://www.1911forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321236

Personally, I can do without the front serrations on the Baer.
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Old 09-20-2012, 13:12   #25
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I really like my Valor

Fit is still as tight as the day I bought it, 100% reliable, high quality parts, one or two non critical parts are cast and very accurate.

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