Dan Wesson 1911 Questions

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Shanghai, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Shanghai

    Shanghai Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    East Texas
    I just examined a Dan Wesson 1911 45 ACP. I'm a hard core Colt man but this pistol looks great and feels good as well. Has anyone here bought and shot a Dan Wesson? I'm considering one as a gift to my Grand Son.
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  2. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I dont own one but I have heard good things about them. I wouldnt hesitate to buy one.
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  3. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member

    aren't they made by CZ USA? If they are, CZ is quality
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  4. Shanghai

    Shanghai Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    East Texas
    They are made by CZ and I think the same as you about CZ. It would be nice to hear from someone who has one of their Dan Wesson 1911's though.
    I've bought all my guns for 40+ years from the same dealer and salesman. He puts the Dan Wesson above all other non custom pistols available today.....that should really be enough for me.
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  5. 68c15

    68c15 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2011
    I've heard the same thing "grandpa" ;)
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  6. They are NOT made by CZ, however CZ USA owns Dan Wesson. DW's are made and assembled 100% in Norwich, N.Y.by Dan Wesson, and they are fine pistols. I own 3 at this time, all since November '15. it's an addiction.
    DW did build a trial marketing run of 1000 1911's for CZ last year to CZ specs, with a price point close to SA and Colt. There are mixed reviews on the quality and after sale service from CZ and the rumor is that CZ will not be in the 1911 business any more.
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  7. Shanghai

    Shanghai Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    East Texas
    Thanks for your post. Subsequent to my initial post I did learn that Dan Wesson, owned by CZ, is building the guns in Norwich.

    Furthermore, we bought a Dan Wesson 1911 just this past Monday. My grandson selected the Valor and I agree with you, it is a fine pistol. I almost bought one for myself because the dealer had two for him to examine and choose from. They had consecutive serial numbers. I know I'll be kicking myself later for not buying the other one.
    The Valor is a stainless steel model and it comes in brushed stainless or stainless with a black coating. He chose the black.

    We haven't gone to the range yet but I can handle the gun and tell it's going to shoot. This gun has the best feel of any 1911 I've ever handled. A weight of 2.4 lbs. and a rather slim grip profile just feels so right.
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  8. You are one hell of a good Grandpa! But, after you shoot it, my money is on Grandpa going back to the store for the other one!
    Tell your lucky Grandson to be careful with the Duty Treat coating on the black pistol. It is very tough but can be susceptible to damage from some cleaners. Be sure to clean and re-lube the pistol before the first range trip and keep it well lubed especially during break in. They are tightly fitted as I am sure you are aware and take some patience and care breaking in. Follow the owners manual directions, use the supplied lube till it's gone then switch over to FP-10 or equivalent.
    Enjoy your first one!:)
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  9. Infadel

    Infadel New Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    Just purchased a DW Guardian awaiting the arrival of purchase permit before I can take possession. Read about Duty Treat and its negative reaction to certain solvents.
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  10. Shanghai

    Shanghai Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2015
    East Texas
    Thanks, I saw some warnings about Duty Treat and solvents. I know you'll enjoy your pistol........bummer you have to wait for permitting.
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  11. The Bolt Man

    The Bolt Man New Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    Southern Minnesota
    I have two Dan Wesson 1911's and love both of them. The first one is the Dan Wesson Point Man 7 in 45 ACP. The second one is the Point Man 9 in 9mm caliber.

    Both are great shooters. As one person said, "The Dan Wesson 1911's are tightly fitted and normally will require some breaking in.
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  12. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I have the Dan Wesson Silverback. This is one fine 45acp to shoot. Looks great, feels great and shoots great.
    I own this and a Colt Gold Cup Trophy. They both shoot great but the DW has a much nicer trigger.
    I have about 1500 rounds through it so far.

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  13. Skeet281

    Skeet281 New Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    I too have a pointman 9 and will tell you,it's the best 1911 I have. I'm now in the market for another DW in 45ACP. Trying to decide on which one. I know your grandson will love his for many years to come.
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  14. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Dan Wesson makes great guns! I do not own his 1911 but I can say his 357 revolvers are amazing!
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  15. Pat C

    Pat C New Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    I have their ECO in 9mm and have on order a custom Valkyrie in 45. They are probably the finest production gun on the marker today.
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