. I was looking at 1911 Wiley Clapp Commander that looked un fired for 1100$ as a self retirement gift but then I noticed a SS Dan Wesson Specialist for 1295$ that was un fired,box etc. Did I make the right decision?
Posts: 1842 | Location: Colorado | Registered: March 01, 2012
About a year ago I was looking through the consignment handguns at my LGS and a DW Guardian on display for $950. I kept fondling it and being amazed my the fit, finish, and ergonomics....wondering why it would be so reasonably priced. Sure, it probably had 1k or so rounds through it, but that Duty finish is like magic and it felt s0 *right*. So I got it. I did immediately sell my Sig Fastback Carry afterwards though.
Posts: 2701 | Location: Alexandria, VA | Registered: March 07, 2011
Dan Wesson owns the $1000-$1500ish 1911 market. Noticeably higher quality than the bigger name factory guns (Kimber/Colt/S&W/SA/Ruger/Sig/etc.) in that same price range.
I wouldn't go that far. Higher quality perhaps, but DW is a good 20% more expensive too (or more) than the brands you quoted. I bought a Colt Competition S/S 9mm 2-3 years ago and the slide to frame fit and the bushing/barrel fit rival my Wilson Combat and Ed Brown. The trigger has a little up and down movement but breaks clean with almost no take up...….the grip safety does have some side to side movement. Esthetically it is perfect. I was incredibly surprised at it, after owning 5 other Colts, as well as 1 S+W, a ballester, an Ed Brown, and a WC.
Excellent choice! I actually bought a Wiley Clapp and hated it. Sold it back to the gun store and bought a Dan Wesson Classic Bobtail. A great 1911 that has been flawless so far with all ammo and as accurate as I can shoot not to mention super reliable. I have been happy with other brands of 1911's however, should I decide to buy another 1911 it will be a Dan Wesson.
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