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Valor Range Report

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by freedom790, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. freedom790

    freedom790

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    Just got back from the range with my DW 5" Valor. Fired in all 300 rounds WWB, 150 rounds Winchester Ranger T, and about 36 rounds of I don't know what they were. I took some pictures of the first four rounds fired. They were fired at a distance of 25 yards. Not too bad I guess for a glock guy. The trigger pull scared the *insert word here* out of me on the first shot, wasn't expecting it to fire yet.

    Anyway, this is a 4 shot group from a standing position, two went into the same hole on the top left one.

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    First impressions:

    Although it kicks more than I'm used to with my 9mm, the sights line up pretty darn well and are easy to get back onto target for quick follow-up shots. From the Blackhawk CQC holster it draws fast and points naturally. It wasn't hard at all for me to transition from my Glock 19, which has been my EDC for the past three years, and the Beretta M9 which has been my duty weapon for the past 5, to shooting this. I've shot 1911 before, and I've owned a couple of them, to be specific, a 5" frankengun, a baer, a para ordinance, and a taurus. In my opinion, I got more gun value than what I paid for. Oh yea, and 0 malfunctions/stoppages during the entire course of fire, and the slide locked to the rear every time with the factory checkmate magazines as well as the wilson 47D magazines. Dan Wesson will receive my business again.

    I'd rate the DW Valor in the following

    Fit/Finish: 5/5
    Accuracy: 5/5
    Sights/Site Picture: 5/5
    Recoil Controlability: 4/5 (But again, I've been a 9mm Glock guy for years)
    Reliability: 5/5
    Fun Factor: 5/5
    Value: 5/5

    Compared to the 1911s I've owned in the past, the DW Valor blows away everything, and I can't tell the slightest bit of difference between it and the Baer.
     
  2. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Very nice. Now post some pics of the gun too. :supergrin:
     


  3. freedom790

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    I'm trying to do the Bac thing here and taking the pictures on the carpet, rug in my case. uncleaned straight from the range, pure gun smut.

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    I kind of thought it would be dirtier than this after so many rounds.
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    Here it is with it's brothers and sisters. Sadly its frankengun brother is off getting refinished at customized creationz. Good people I might add, and I'll have pics when it gets back.

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  4. rsxr22

    rsxr22

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    wow good shooting! That is a pretty nice collection you got there
     
  5. freedom790

    freedom790

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    Thanks, the XDm9 and SCCY are actually the wife's, so I can't claim those. Even though the XD gets WAY more attention from me than it does from her.
     
  6. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    Hey your Valor looks like mine! Congrats on a fantastic 1911!!
     
  7. BlayGlock

    BlayGlock

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    Very nice. Thank you for the good report. I need to get off my lazy bum and do mine for the NHC.
     
  8. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    That rug really pulls the room together.

    Btw, is that a wolverine that's sniffing at that 1911? Looks way too big to be a cat. :)

    deadite
     
  9. Glocked-N-Loaded

    Glocked-N-Loaded Slow and low...

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    Man I love the Valor, that thing just looks like it was meant to do work. For DW not being custom or even semi-custom, they do what they do very very well. My CBOB is the only gun I own that is a guaranteed passdown to my son when he's old enough.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010
  10. bac1023

    bac1023

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    Glad you like your Valor.

    They're great 1911s. :thumbsup: