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Dawson Tactical Advantage Single Stack

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by BlayGlock, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. BlayGlock

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    So here is the deal. I currently have in my possession a rare Dave Dawson made single stack. When I called them I was told only about 150 were made by Dave. It is a gun a buddy of mine picked up in a trade and it is a very nice piece. The model is a Tactical Advantage "Spec Ops".

    The other day I was at my buddies shop showing off my shiny new Les Baer and he whips this out. He had picked it up in a trade from a Crimson Trace rep for the knife Arnold used in the Predator movie. He asked if I wanted to trade for my Les Baer for this one.

    So here is my conundrum: I really like my Les Baer, but this is a chance to get a rare custom gun built by the great Dave Dawson (who runs Dawson Prescion). I know that they will make more TRS's and I can probably get one next year sometime after I pay off a student loan.

    However, there are two down sides: The TRS was serving as a backup gun for IDPA. The Dawson has a bull barrel making it illegal for CDP and Single Stack in USPSA.

    Second, the rail is unobtrusive, but I wont use it much. It already has the Crimson Trace grips so I dont need a light on there for a bed stand gun. Plus it requires an adapter.

    So I have two main questions:
    1. Does the Dawson Rail weaken the frame, I plan on shooting this gun as much as I would shoot my Les Baer. Probably around 1000 rounds a month as long as I have time to reload them all.

    2. Would you do this trade?

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  2. Tactical black

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    I wouldn't it's just not my type of gun I would way rather have the Les Baer JMHO.
     


  3. BlayGlock

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    Its not "really" my type either. The rail is useful for hunting, and I had one of the pistol I used to use to hunt hogs with at night, but Ill probably just take it off. I could get it and send it back to Dave to have him fit a regulare barrel and bushing on it in addition to the bull barrel.
     
  4. bac1023

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    I don't like rails on 1911s and despise lasers on anything.

    I do, however, like rare handguns. :supergrin:

    Not sure, to be honest. If Dave got rid of the rail, I'd do it. I'd also get another set of grips.













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  5. BlayGlock

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    The rail is held in by a set of screws. I can take it off myself. I called Dawson again and left a message with one of the employees to talk to dave about fitting a regular barrel/Bushing setup and to ask if he still honored a warranty.
     
  6. I'm not a Baer fan, but I like the TRS better than that particular Dawson build.

    However, I'm not gonna have to look a it everyday! :supergrin:

    Good luck with the decision. You can console yourself with the fact you'll have a really nice pistol whichever way you go. :cool:
     
  7. bac1023

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    Very cool.

    I wasn't sure just looking at the pic. :)
     
  8. BlayGlock

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    Ill try and get a pic of the underside in a bit.
     
  9. HAIL CAESAR

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    That looks like it would be an excellent Duty gun or night stand gun. Get some night sights instead of the fiber for that though.
     
  10. Cobra64

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    I'd keep the trigger. :rofl:
     
  11. bac1023

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    :laughabove:
     
  12. BlayGlock

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    I think I am going to keep the Baer. I just like it more, it is more my style, and I like the looks better. The TRS has been at the top of my list for a while so it is here to stay. Thanks for the input fellas.
     
  13. Tactical black

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    Unless your are a really hardcore collector I don't think you will ever regret your decision the TRS is a really nice gun.
     
  14. BlayGlock

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    Im not. All of my guns are for shooting a bunch.
     
  15. farscott

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    I would be really tempted by that Dawson single-stack. Baer TRS guns are made every day, but Dave Dawson is more-or-less out of the custom business. I might be swayed by my fondness for the Dawson rail.

    Whose frame did he build on? It looks like the frame is marked with with a TX USA, so I am guessing STI or SVI. If the latter, even better.
     
  16. BlayGlock

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    I belive he used STI frames. Ill talked with them today and Dave said he would not fit a standard barrel on it for me and it would not be under warranty. Anyway, I gave the Dawson back to my buddy.

    I did manage to get a rare S&W Model 547 9mm revolver from him though!
     
  17. bac1023

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    The TRS is definitely a better looking 1911.

    I think its one of the nicest looking 1911s on the market. :)
     
  18. Cool!

    The last of those I had was the 3" round-butt model. They were rather unique in the S&W line. IIRC, they were made for overseas sales that didn't pan out, then "dumped" here where they quickly became sought-after collectibles! :supergrin: