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Experiences with and opinions of Dan Wesson Pistols

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Lew-G17, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Lew-G17


    Feb 3, 2002
    Central, NC
    I am considering the purchase of a Dan Wesson Guardian 9mm pistol.

    Who here owns or has previously owned a Dan Wesson pistol and what did you think of it?

    How is the accuracy and reliability?
  2. sns3guppy


    Sep 4, 2006
    My sole complaint about DW pistols would be their price increases; prior to that, they were quite the deal. Now they're getting close in price, at least published retail, to what other "semi-custom" makes cost.

    DW pistols have excellent fit and finish, and function. They're tight, well made, and now have good parts installed. I'm far from ace of the base when it comes to my shooting, but the pistols are accurate and reliable. I'd still take them over Springfield or Colt offerings.

    If the choice is spending little more and getting a Les Baer or Wilson, you're probably better off spending the little more, but I think the DW's are hard to beat for what you get.

  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I have nothing but high praises for the two DW's I own. :thumbsup:

    9mm Guardian

    .45 CCO

    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  4. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Dan Wesson CBOB 10mm


    Dan Wesson PM7-45


    I've had a handful of 1911s and I rate Dan Wesson at the very top of production 1911s. Oddly enough, my 2010 manufactured PM7, which is not considered the cream of the Dan Wesson line-up, has easily been the best 1911 I've ever owned when it comes to fit, finish, accuracy, looks, trigger, handling, etc.

    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012
  5. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Dan Wesson makes a great 1911.

    Its a shame prices have gotten so high.
  6. venenoindy


    Jul 13, 2004
    Last year I was lucky to get my DW Valor SS for $1250.00 after the price increase, IMO for the money I paid could not got a better 1911.
  7. redrick


    Jun 6, 2009
  8. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    I think The DW 10mm C Bob is the pinnacle of concealed firepower....:)
  9. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    That's a great price for sure.
  10. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    I bought my Valor for $1,300 last year. It's fit is tight, quality parts, 100% reliable and very accurate. When I bought it, I was trying to decide between it and the SA TRP. Obviously I chose the Valor and never regretted it. :cool:

  11. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

  12. AC45ACP


    Dec 10, 2008
    N. Texas
    Dan Wesson's are Great Gun's I've Owned 4 and Really like them.

    I bought 2 CBOB's in 2005 one 45 and One 10mm paid $1474 with Tax for both!!

    I sold the 45, I still have the 10mm and it's unfired.
  13. nolt

    nolt DONT PANIC!

    Aug 4, 2009
    i had to spend alot of time and effort and money to make mine reliable.

    i dont have as high an opinion of DW as most people do... i think the guns they make now are probably pretty good guns. but i also think that they should quit making new models and concentrate on reliability and QA/QC of a solid core of models.
    if you get one that works (likely outcome with the new guns) then you'll probably be happy with it.

    if you get one that doesnt work then you'll be pissy about it like everyone else that gets one that doesnt work. its especially irritating that you cant say anything about it without all the fanboys jumping on your ass about it.

    there. now i feel better.

    edit: its also irritating when people who are looking for reasons why their gun wont feed properly are told by a representative of the company 'because its 10mm.' confidence not inspired.

    wow. this really is catharsis. fwiw now (after much tuning and some custom work by SACS) im pretty happy with my RZ-10... but id still like to have a grip safety fit on it that doesnt slop around as much.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  14. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    FWIW, the first DW I owned was a stainless 4" revolver in .357 Magnum. Biggest F'ing POS I've ever shot, much less owned. That was almost 20 years ago. Took a long time to try a DW 1911. I've heard that the older ones were not as well built, but I will say that the newer ones are built extremly well and the accuracy is uncanny. :thumbsup:
  15. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    My dad thought the same thing when I told him about my Valor. He knows Dan Wesson as so-so firearms with a not so good reputation. I told him today's DW is not the same thing he remembers and after showing him my Valor, he completely agrees.
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  16. rb12


    Oct 28, 2009
    I am batting .500. My CCO has been 100% without a blip. Any ammo, every pull no problem. My CBOB has had issues, not all the time, but every now and then. At least enough such that it wont be a carry or bedside piece.
  17. asiparks


    Sep 17, 2006
    Portland. OR
    My first was a CBOB bought in '07 for $840, there was nothing close on the market price to quality wise...

    Prices have gone up considerably, but the quality and assembly has increased proportionally, the name may not have the cachet of some other 1911's but they are top notch. I bought 2 Valors last year and had one of them tweaked by Reid Pistolsmithing. It's my favorite 1911 right now and the total cost was about the same as a Baer TRS.


    Stainless valors run around $1400 and you could make the argument to save up another $300-$400 and get a Baer but I have a Baer, and don't think there's any area where the DW gets spanked...

    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  18. minderasr

    minderasr NRA Life Member

    May 19, 2009
    New York
    Any thoughts on the Valor V-Bob? I put a deposit on one last week.

  19. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    If I was going to get another Dan Wesson, that would be the one. That's a great 1911!