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Kimber or Dan Wesson

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Lew-G17, Nov 11, 2010.


  1. Lew-G17

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    I am not trying to start a hate thread about either gun, but I am considering these two brands.

    I really want to hear from people that have owned and used both brands of pistol. I currently own Kimber pistols in full size and Pro. I am considering adding a Dan Wesson, possibly replacing one or more of the Kimbers I have now.

    I like the looks and feel of a Dan Wesson CBOB or VBOB pistol but have not had an opportunity to shoot one and do not know anyone that owns one.

    So my question is what did you find good and bad about each one? If you could only own one, which of these would you choose and why?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.
     

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    no question...Dan Wesson
    No Swartz safety, No MIM, No proprietary sight cut, better fit.

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  3. Lew-G17

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    So Quack, Please tell me more about your Guardian. Is it as great as it looks?
     
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    9mm, alloy frame. the fitting on it would put it on the top tier production gun.

    there is a .45 Guardian coming out for 2011.
     
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    I prefer my Dan Wesson over my Kimber. Although both guns are nice, I think the Wesson is a better built gun.
     
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    I find fitting to be similar overall, but Dan Wesson certainly uses the better quality parts.
     
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    Out of my experience between the 2 companies, fitting hands down would go to DW. Like Bac said, they also use better parts in their guns.

    DW without another thought
     
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    Knowing what I know now.. I would have bought a Cbob instead of my Kimber Ultra.. but that was 5 yrs ago when I was still an avid tupperware shooter..:supergrin:
     
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    I like Kimber. Owned a ProCarry2 9mm. Will own a Guardian 9mm at some point. Better parts. Better fit. Better finish. You get what you pay for. DWs are significantly higher in price than Kimber, but are generally considered one of the best production 1911s available. Problem is, with their 2010 price jumps, they are close to semi-custom money.
     
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    That's a big problem, in fact.
     
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  14. cole

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    Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner IMO. I wanted a DW CCO or bobtail Valor. But, I may have to settle for something I can afford OR (in dreamland) pay a bit more for something even better. :crying:


    Agreed. This is a problem for me, too. A steal in 2009. As of 2010, they are great guns, now overpriced.
     
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    Extremely happy with my DW CCO.

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    Lots of folks hate Kimbers, but I really like mine. However it is a pre-series II gun, made in 98. My EDC gun is a Wilson, but I fully trust my one and only Kimber.


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  18. ambluemax

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    A good friend has a kimber pro carry II that I've shot quite a bit (for a gun that isn't mine). I can't really say anything specifically bad about them, they just don't give me that warm fuzzy "buy one" feeling. The only kimber I own is a rimfire target- at the time the only stand alone 1911 22lr option on the market.

    I OWN and primarily carry a Dan Wesson CBOB. My feelings about it are actually quite mixed because I've had lots of drama with that pistol. *Most of it buyer beware issues*. Long story short I got it second hand off gunbroker.com and found myself with a failed kitchen table gunsmithing job...turned my sweet deal into a not so sweet deal (never buy used guns on the internet!!). They are some of the niced PRODUCTION 1911's you can buy. However mixing production guns and match-grade tight tolerances creates a very fragile equilibrium relationship. Therfore MY CBOB is definatly the most picky gun I own. It only likes certain magazines and certain ammunition. By contrast my springfields will eat anything I throw at them without even a whimper.

    You will find, if you search around, that Dan Wesson has almost a cult following. They have become explosively popular over the last 2 years or so. In that time, I think a lot of gun sheep have jumped on the bandwagon and IMO the internet reputation is a little larger than life (much the same is my opinion of glock pistols too). They are good pistols, but they aren't the second coming of Jesus in 1911 form (as some would have you believe). Also now, as has been mentioned, since the price has taken a hike- if I were in the market again I probably wouldn't be interested in DW because they priced the value out of their product. At the current NIB price point, I'm more interested in other offerings from other brands.
     
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    As others have mentioned DW makes some very good high end production guns, certainly a step up from a Kimber. But for the prices I've seen on DWs lately, I'd consider stepping up to a Baer.
     
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    Pretty much falling in line with everyone else, but DW. My CBOB is an older 06 but the quality of parts and fit and finish are well ahead of that on any of my (4) kimbers.

    Despite Ambluemax's horrendous experience buying from the interwebs, once you get into VBOB/Valor/Guardian money, it might be worth checking for a gently used Baer or similar. There was one here that sold for $850 a couple of days ago, but I haven't quite come to terms with the fact that it wasn't to me.....:crying::crying::crying::crying::crying: