February 1, 2016
December 4, 2011
I’m not an expert on the 1911 timeline by any means but I ‘think’ that Bob Serva started producing them in Norwich, NY in about 1999-2000 time frame. He continued to make them until CZ bought the company around 2006-2008 area. I think CZ has some info on their site that would be better than my WAG. Also, the 1911forum.com has a great Dan Wesson subsection.
As to values, I know the first 1911’s sold originally for less than what new CZ made 1911’s are selling for. You can usually find old ones on auction sites for much less than the newer guns. That doesn’t mean the older guns are not well made, they are very well made. I have several pre CZ guns and they are every bit as accurate as the newer ones made by CZ. The older guns may have had some MIM parts, I don’t know for sure. All I know is that my PM-7S and PTE-B are fantastic shooters.
The Patriot series actually came with a small paper target with a grouping on it and an accuracy guarantee, I have one around here somewhere in my DW stuff.
Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
If a man designed it, and a man built it, then a man can fix it.
I found a Pointman Major C, serial number DWE0174 while on vacation with my FFL Buddy and wives. I was able to walk out with it even though it was South Carolina. Blue, with a Millett revolver rear sight, an interchangable Patridge front sight, Jarvis 451 barrel and finely polished Barneyed slide. It is my absolutely most fun gun to shoot. And amazingly accurate. It must be one of their very early guns. Oh, it was 750 bucks. They had a nice 15-2 but I had plenty so my wife asked if they had any other Dan Wessons. What a great wife. It was a great consolation prize after bowing out of the bidding for a Rowland 460 in a struggle with the Hulk. I also just found a First Issue 715V8, like new with doornob,Millett rear sight, box and zebra. GTDW too. The fit and finish is the finest of any Dan I have except maybe the Gold Series. The frame pins on the small frame First Issues are polished flush with the frame on the right side like a Manurhin. Elegant. And the bead blasting looks like diamond dust. It has been fired so shortly I am going to shoot it. I will give you all a report. I don’t usually brag on my acquisitions but you’ll ought to know how fine the Serva guns are IMHO. Oh, I also have one of the few Smith Dan hybrids he made just before he sold the company to CZ. I will get some pictures posted when Stinger comes for his AJT lesson.