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New Specialist Commander .45 - First Shots
June 7, 2017
6:46 pm
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Stojanovich
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I’m thrilled to report that the pistol ran flawlessly – 150 rounds and no malfunctions of any kind whatsoever.  The fact that it was cleaned and lubricated generously with FP-10 before going to the range may have had something to do with that.  I tend to err on the wet-side when it comes to 1911’s.  It’s also worth mentioning that this is the easiest 1911 I’ve ever field-stripped and reassembled for the first time.  Perhaps that’s just an indication of how well it’s built, but all the parts just go together perfectly.  The attention to finishing at the DW factory is like nothing I’ve ever seen on 1911’s I’ve previously owned.  There’s not a squeak or a rattle to be heard.  Yes, the barrel bushing and slide stop took some coaxing, at first, but it wasn’t as if I needed to use any special tools.
 
Ammo used:
 
Geco 230gr FMJ
Fiocchi 230gr FMJ
Sellier & Bellot 230gr FMJ
 
Distance: 10 yards.  Why 10 yards and not 7?  I don’t know.  My 57 year-old eyes seem to focus better at 10 than 7.
 
Position: Standing, offhand
 
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Fiocchi ammunition has been a consistently good performer in all of my handguns over the years.  I trust it to give me a pretty good idea of a pistol’s potential accuracy and tonight was no exception.
 
This was also my first time shooting a pistol equipped with Heinie Straight 8 sights and was immediately impressed by the clarity of the sight picture.  I usually don’t shoot all that great at indoor ranges but, they made it easy to fully focus on the target.  Thumbs-up for the sights!
 
Next, a half-box of some leftover Geco 230gr FMJ that I had from a previous range session.  It’s one of my favorite factory ammos.  It has shot great in every 1911 and Sig I’ve ever used it in.  It also works extremely well in my Walther PPQ 45.
 
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Another thing about Geco is that it’s some of the cleanest-shooting ammo I’ve ever used.  I’m not a huge fan of their 9mm but the .45 ACP has gotta be some of the better factory ammo available.
 
Last but not least, Sellier & Bellot 230gr FMJ.  This was my first experience with S&B .45 ammo and I was not disappointed:
 
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While it is a bit ‘smokier’ than either the Geco or the Fiocchi, it seemed like the recoil was noticeably milder.  
 
And, trust me, I know these targets ain’t nothin’ to write home about but, tonight was more of a reliability and operational test than a serious attempt to shoot with precision.  I was so stoked and in such an adrenaline-induced stupor that by the time I left the range tonight, I was giddy.  The pistol exceeded every one of my expectations in terms of accuracy and dependability.  I mean, damn.
June 8, 2017
7:48 am
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Great job and excellent range report !

June 8, 2017
9:55 am
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Nice shooting! No disappointments there.

June 8, 2017
6:47 pm
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Thanks!  I’ve previously owned Colt, Sig, STI and Springfield 1911’s.  They were OK.  They worked just fine for a guy, like me, who competed casually in weekend pin and steel plate matches at my local range. 

This Specialist Commander, though, is a whole different breed of animal.  It’s a professional’s sidearm.  It only took a couple of shots to realize that it was beyond the realm of production 1911 and something I could probably take to a match  right now with very little practice and factory ammo, and shoot a respectable time/score.  I’ll probably put that to the test very soon.  When I do, I’ll be sure to share the results with you.  

June 13, 2017
6:33 pm
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Nice gun great shooting!

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June 14, 2017
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I have owned Heine Straight 8’s on a couple of guns over the years, I always thought they were a pretty good option for a tactical/defense gun.

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June 17, 2017
8:03 pm
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Steve said
I have owned Heine Straight 8’s on a couple of guns over the years, I always thought they were a pretty good option for a tactical/defense gun.  

I realize they’re not everyone’s favorite but they work well for me, too.  Very instinctive.  It seems like it takes me less time to align two dots as opposed to three.  Remember the old W. German Sig ‘dot and post’ factory sights on their P-series guns back in the 80’s and 90’s?  Those worked extremely well for me.  Target acquisition was fast and easy.  The same is true for the Straight 8’s.

June 17, 2017
8:43 pm
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Nice shooting and great report!

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June 26, 2017
5:44 am
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The worst part about owning a Dan Wesson…is the waiting-time between trips to the range.  Work has kept me incredibly busy lately but I finally had a chance to go back Saturday and put a couple hundred rounds thru it.  I mean, you know it’s bad when the boss calls and says, “Hey, you’re putting-in too many hours…”
 
To summarize: 200 rounds; 425 rounds total – ZERO malfunctions.  I’ve pretty much settled on Geco 230gr FMJ as my base line test ammo.  Its consistency and price being the two determining factors in the decision.
 
Warmed-up on the small bullseye target at 10 yards:
 
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Pushed the target out to 15 yards and figured it would open my group up a bit more.  It did but, it was totally my own fault.  It seems like whenever I engage a paper target at 15+ yards, I start fixating on the big, blossoming hole instead of focusing on the center.  It’s a bad habit I catch myself doing from time to time, though.  I’m just thrilled to be able to see POI at that distance on an indoor range.  
 
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Overall, though, I’m very pleased with these results and very impressed with this gun.  I’ve only owned a couple of 1911’s that didn’t malfunction, at least, once or twice during the first 1000 rounds but this one shows no indication of ever doing so.  The insight I have received from DW owners has been invaluable during this break-in period.  The advice has been spot-on and I really appreciate it.    
December 26, 2018
9:04 pm
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Nice shooting and detailed range report. Is that the indoor range in Rockville?  

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