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Where do Dan Wesson's 1911 rank?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Blaster, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    What do you think about Dan Wesson 1911s.

    Quality, craftsmanship, performance, durability and value do they have any or all of it?
     
  2. bac1023

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    They rank among the best production 1911s.
     

  3. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    What Brian said, "among the best production 1911s".
     
  4. mholl26

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    I have heard nothing but good things about them.
     
  5. pack-indy

    pack-indy Emissary

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  6. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

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    Love both of mine.

    There is no comparable pistol for the price.
     
  7. sns3guppy

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    Very happy with mine.
     
  8. mr00jimbo

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    I am thinking of the RZ45.
    How would they compare to say, a Colt 1991A1 as far as quality, reliability, accuracy, easy to field strip, etc.?
    Sorry to get off topic!
     
  9. bac1023

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    Better quality than a 1991A1, in my opinion. They should be more accurate too.

    As far as field stripping is concerned, the Colt is not as tight, so it will generally that less effort.
     
  10. ambluemax

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    I will say DW is THE best PRODUCTION (not semi-custom) 1911 made. They used to be high value, but this model year they have gone to some higher grade parts and increased craftsmanship = higher price >> priced themselves out of their niche IMO. For what you have to pay for a NIB DW now I'm personally more interested in Les Baers, Wilson's, Ed Browns and Nighthawks semi-customs. I did snag a DW CBOB before the price increase though and am very happy with it. Its hard to find people to say bad things about them, they are out there, but they are few.

    A Colt 1991 isn't even a fair comparison. The 1991's I've seen are in no way competitive with DW quality, craftsmanship, and value. A 1991 would need to be about $500 NIB for me to even consider buying one based upon the speicimens I've seen. $500 pistol with a $200 name stamp IMO. DW is straight up quality.

    Good luck finding a DW though, they are a low volume manufacture (something like 800 pistols total per year) and are in high demand. If you do find one they are money well spent.
     
  11. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Thanks guys. I have heard good things too about Dan Wesson.

    So.... I just ordered a 2010 Valor. Hopefully I will have it next week.
     
  12. bac1023

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    Congrats

    I have one of the first Valors built and its outstanding.
     
  13. MastiffMan

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    The Dan Wessons I have seen at the range (Gun Store) have all had great slide to frame fits.
    I took a chance a few Months ago and got a Valor ... Liked it so much I have a SS Valor coming next week....
     
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  14. Deployment Solu

    Deployment Solu Kydex Crafter

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    I picked up a stainless CBOB from a fellow GTer for $775.00 I wish I could get a few more for that price!!!:whistling:
     
  15. GVFlyer

    GVFlyer Senior Member

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    Here's mine.

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    It is comparable in quality to this Colt...

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    But not as good as this Les Baer...

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    But, now costs more than either.
     
  16. Whiskey Six

    Whiskey Six Marine 0369 Platinum Member

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    Dan Wesson 2010 production will be 3500.
    Here's mine.:supergrin:
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  17. ambluemax

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    Excellent choice sir. If I didn't have a TRP already I'd definatly hunt down a Valor myself

    I stand corrected Wiskey Six...still though, very limited production compared to the other makers and the demand for them is huge. I think the first run of valors in 2008(?) was only 200 units just for prospective.
     
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  18. Rinspeed

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    Nice pics guys.
     
  19. Tactical black

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    This pic makes me want one bad. I don't know why they get so expensive.
     
  20. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    The TRP was what I was thinking about getting. Then I ran across Dan Wesson and the Valor.

    I found a few things on the TRP to be not to my liking. The full length guide rod, mag well and ambi safety were items I was planing on replacing if I went with a TRP.

    A little birdie whispered in my ear about the DW Valor and I started looking into it as a possibility. The Valor had almost everything I was looking for and with the 2010 addition of Heinie Ledge sights and other improvements I was sold.

    There is one or perhaps two things I may change on my Valor when I get it. I have an affection for arched mainspring housings. Another component I have been thinking of dabbling with is the trigger. Hilton Yam's 10-8 trigger with the fixed over travel stop is very appealing to me.