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Anybody own any Dan Wesson Blemished guns? Just how blemished are we talking here.

Looking at a Valor in their duty coat.


What magwell matches best with the black finish? Does Dan Wesson sell just the Duty Treat magwell?

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I have a couple. There was nothing distinguishable in my opinion, and both were typical of DW 1911's; zero perceptible play in the slide, barrel link, safety, trigger, etc. Both feel like the proverbial swiss watch, both function perfectly. The two blemished DW's that I got were the DW CCO and the Heritage.

The Heritage didn't excite me a lot initially; the polished flats annoyed me a bit, but they grew on me, and the fit and overall finish of the pistol sold me. Even their "blemished" pistols were excellent.
 
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I purchased a blem CCO.....it has a scratch on the slide...about 3/8 inch long...very noticable, but the pistol is perfect otherwise...I carry and shoot it, not an issue for me.
 
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i have had 2.

715 has a dimple mark on the trigger

my first heritage had a slight rub mark on the frontstrap.
 
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They are frequently so minor people can't find them without referring to the sheet that usually comes with them. Sometimes it's just something like missing a line of checkering. I sell quite a few of them. A recall one listed as having heavy pitting that had two pinhead sized dimples in the slide. Other ones had a minor imperfection under the grip you couldn't even see with them on. And you do get the regular mechanical warranty.
 
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The blemishes vary. Most of the time it's not all that noticeable. Occasionally one can't help but notice the finish flaw. The ones that only have minute flaws typically reflects the high level of quality that DW demands of their finished product.

HOWEVER I will say that we've also had at least one 'non-blem' factory DW Valor in Duty Black come in to the shop that should've been pulled and set aside for the blemished bin. Something that we normally we've come to expect out of that other Wesson gun maker, pointedly the S&W Performance Center. We ended up selling that particular DW at a discount instead of going through the hassle (and cost) of sending it back. Very Annoying when that unfortunate shi...er, stuff...happens.
 
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So how much less does a blemished gun cost compared to a non blemished gun? I wouldn't mind getting one if the savings are significant.
 
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The 'blem' guns I've seen looked every bit as good as a non blem gun. You'd really have to look hard to find something wrong.

As to price difference, check gunbroker which usually has a number of them listed.


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So how much less does a blemished gun cost compared to a non blemished gun? I wouldn't mind getting one if the savings are significant.


It of course varies by model, but I'd say usually anywhere from $200-$400 off the top of my head.
 
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So how much less does a blemished gun cost compared to a non blemished gun? I wouldn't mind getting one if the savings are significant.


It of course varies by model, but I'd say usually anywhere from $200-$400 off the top of my head.


Interesting. I've wanted a 4.25" 1911 in .45 ACP for quite some time now. Blem wouldn't matter to me as I'd carry it. One of my requirements for a pistol is that I can CCW it.


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Interesting. I've wanted a 4.25" 1911 in .45 ACP for quite some time now. Blem wouldn't matter to me as I'd carry it. One of my requirements for a pistol is that I can CCW it.


The DW CCO is an outstanding version of the CCO; Officer length frame, commander length slide and barrel, and an alloy frame. It's light, reliable, very well fit together, and makes a great carry handgun.
 
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Good info, thanks. I'm looking at one online, so no inspection beforehand and was just curious what to expect. It sounds stupid, but this will probably turn into a carry piece if I decide to get the license. Government 1911s just work for me & Dan Wesson has been the best factory gun I've owned so far...


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I've sold several and we could not find a blem on it,

the box will state it is a blem, and no warranty on the finish, but not where the blem is,

(full factory mechanical warranty)

good deals usually, and if you are going to carry, you will likely create more blems from normal holster and carry wear



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I bought a blem V Bob stainless. Only blem I could find was some of the diamonds on the backstrap were a little flat. big deal, it's a carry gun. $ 300 went towards ammo.


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I agree with the others. The Dan Wesson line of blems, are a great buy and you might not ever know what is blemished on them. I am not a 1911 guy but the Dan Wesson line is making me change my mind. I held a blem Valor the other day at my lgs and was thoroughly impressed by it. A guy next to me was looking at it as well and asked if I had plans to buy it. I said not right now and before I could hand it back to the salesman, the other guy bought it.
 
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I mean no disrespect, but I don't understand why folks would buy a gun marked "BLEM." I have bought a dozen USED in great condition Dan Wessons for less than or equal to a gun that will forever be marked BLEM.


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I mean no disrespect, but I don't understand why folks would buy a gun marked "BLEM." I have bought a dozen USED in great condition Dan Wessons for less than or equal to a gun that will forever be marked BLEM.


The pistol isn't marked "BLEM". The factory case has a sticker that says "BLEMISHED" and something about the limited warranty. The only thing on the pistol that identifies it as a "BLEM" is a letter designation at the end of the serial number ("A").


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Personally, its because i have never seen a used Dan Wesson in any of my LGSs. I like the idea of saving $400 over what my dealer wants for a new gun too.


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az, Yes, I am aware and have seen a few up close.

wolfe, Well, I've not seen a used one in an LGS near me either, but I have purchsed three on this forum 'cause I love the idea if saving $400!


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DW will sell you a duty coat S&A magwell if you call them up. I have one on my blem valor and it works great and was reasonably priced for a part that matches the finish exactly.
 
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