September 25, 2018
I did not know there was a Dan Wesson Forum until today while researching Dan Wesson’s v other pistols on the 1911 Forum. I’m very glad to have found your Forum and honestly did not know too much about Dan Wesson until about 2 months ago. That is when I found out that I can acquire another pistol in February and have allocated $4,500 for the purchase. I currently own Wilson’s and a SA TRP set up for Bullseye. I was looking for something different and a little unique to acquire as an EDC pistol. I really am impressed by all the great things I have read about the Dan Wesson Valor and other models but especially the Valor. My thoughts were to acquire a 10mm pistol and I have narrowed it down to the Valor and the Nighthawk. I have been assured that the Valor has no MIM or cast parts and the guns are made to exacting tolerances and then hand fitted. I also understand that they are tight but not ridiculously tight like a Les Baer. The main things I am looking at is slide lockup, bushing and barrel fit and frame to slide fit. If any of these are loose then the gun is immediately rejected. I am told the Valor does not have problems in this area. I keep coming back to the Valor asking why would I want to spend another $1.5K on a different gun that does everything the Valor does? The Valor in my opinion is sleek and classy. It doesn’t have a lot of verbiage on the slide or frame and has no blocky looking rail. I guess I’m just on the fence here and need to be pushed in the right direction. I know if I had a Dan Wesson that I would carry it and could possibly place a set of Ivory’s on the black model I like. I reload and will be preparing my bench for the addition of the 10mm. I don’t want to seem like a 1911 snob but I just occasionally buy new firearms and want to make sure I get the best quality I can. The only real elephant in the room is that Dan Wesson only has a 5 year warranty (but) I here there warranty service is quite good. Anyways, the only major thing that can break on a 1911 is the frame or slide and the chances of that happening on a forged piece are slim and none. I know that I’m rambling on and thank you for your patience. I don’t have anything better to do as I’m retired and a grandpa!!
My Best, Gary
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February 22, 2009
Welcome to the DWF! The folks on the 1911 forum are, in general, more ‘into’ 1911s and we tend to be ‘more into’ the revolvers. That said I think you would be happy with a DW 1911. I don’t have experience with the Valor but have four different Pointman series pistols and have never had an issue. One of them is a PM 7-10 and I will tell you that reloading the 10mm with WFN cast bullets will cause some frustration as opposed to the standard profile for JHP or RN bullets.
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