2020 Dan Wesson Specialist

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by xmshooter10, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Dec 7, 2019
    Has anyone here picked up a 2020 5” DW Specialist in black yet?

    I just ordered one and am curious on everyone’s thoughts.

    One thing it appears they changed, that I’m not necessarily happy about, is removing the recessed Slide Stop. I’m also not sure which style rail I like better yet. The old style was pretty sharp looking.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Renegade4006

    Renegade4006 Well-Known Member

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    Feb 18, 2018
    Interesting on the slide stop. The photo on the website shows a non-recessed, but the description still list it as a recessed slide stop.

    The way that DW does their recessed slide stop is something that I really like about the look of their pistols that have that feature. Something about the look of the rounded end of the slide stop in the recessed area against the flatness of the body of the slide. Just looks more "elegant" and finished to me as opposed to the flush/flat end recessed slide stops.
     
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  3. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Dec 7, 2019
    I'm getting mine in tomorrow, interested to see it in person. I'll post some photos when it gets in.

    I agree though, the recessed stop looks much more elegant.
     
  4. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Dec 7, 2019
    Got in the Specialist today. Got to say, pretty frickin impressed with the quality.
     

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  5. Renegade4006

    Renegade4006 Well-Known Member

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    Feb 18, 2018
    That is sweet! Now get that pretty pistol dirty
     
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  6. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Going Sunday, can’t wait!


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  7. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I just got in a 10mm for an Addict and it's pretty special. I was never honestly a huge fan of the Specialist, didn't care much for the clark rib on it or the rail. This one is much more functional and attractive..

    I like the addition of the front cocking serrations, the change in the top of the slide, don't like the slide stop not being cropped and flushed... I like the newer style rail...
    I don't and literally cannot stand the magwell, it's the 2 piece slip together that never matches the bottom of the frame angle..

    And I cannot stand the new grips, they literally feel like plastic not like VZ's at all.. Maybe it's the pattern, And I actually thought that but, nope...

    Strike #1 they are thin
    Strike # 2 they look cheap
    Strike #3 they feel just like plastic..
     
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  8. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Much easier to get in that way as well.. I offer both for future reference.. ;)
     
  9. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Would you mind sharing the price? Just curious as I just picked one up for another Addict, and thought I got him a pretty good price on it.. :)
     
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  10. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Dec 7, 2019
    I have my FFL, so I got it for dealer pricing through my distributor. About $400 less than MSRP...


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  11. JNW

    JNW Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2017
    Sweet looking pistol! I very much dislike their 2 piece magwell and replaced mine with a Smith & Alexander one piece. Those sure look like VZ Operator II grips, which I like very much. If you take the grips off they should have a VZ logo on the back side. I miss the Clark rib - not functional, just think they look neat! Let us know how it shoots.
    Jeff
     
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  12. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

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    Dec 7, 2019
    Yeah I haven’t popped them off yet, but they are definitely VZ. I agree on the magwell but am kind of impartial on the rail. I like both styles.


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  13. Mudflap621

    Mudflap621 Well-Known Member

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    Feb 15, 2020
    Looks great I just ordered my first Dan Wesson. I went with the pointman should have in a few days.
     
  14. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    They are VZ they just seem cheapened to me it could be the shinier finish, but I am also not a thin grip guy either.
     
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  15. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Those things are one of the best 9mm production guns in the market runs like a Swiss watch you shouldn't be disappointed..
     
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  16. Mudflap621

    Mudflap621 Well-Known Member

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    Feb 15, 2020
    I hope so! I haven’t read to many bad things and had the chance to shoot a buddies few weeks ago was very impressed. I’m really digging the specialist too I don’t want the PM to feel lonely.
     
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  17. Dub

    Dub born in the wrong century

    Mar 19, 2017

    Damn fine looking pistol.

    I wished they'd kept the recessed slide stop, but I like everything else I see with the 2020.

    Hope the range session goes well tomorrow.


    Solid gun.

    Did you go with 9mm, .45acp or snag a .38Super that still was available ?

    DW makes them to close tolerances and it's a stainless slide & frame. The only problems I've read of from other owners were those that didn't follow their break-in instructions closely: Field strip and clean new gun, getting it wiped down thoroughly, re-lube liberally with recommended lube, 50 rounds of jacketed factory ball, repeat the process. 300 rounds or more.
     
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  18. Mudflap621

    Mudflap621 Well-Known Member

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    Feb 15, 2020
    Solid gun.

    Did you go with 9mm, .45acp or snag a .38Super that still was available ?

    DW makes them to close tolerances and it's a stainless slide & frame. The only problems I've read of from other owners were those that didn't follow their break-in instructions closely: Field strip and clean new gun, getting it wiped down thoroughly, re-lube liberally with recommended lube, 50 rounds of jacketed factory ball, repeat the process. 300 rounds or more.[/QUOTE]


    I went with 9mm. I shoot quite a bit of it already and was itching for a 9mm 1911. I’ve also read about gaulling and some actually locking up that’s why I plan on sticking to a pretty strict break-in program. I wonder how many times I can rack the slide before I can’t take it anymore and have to shoot it lol.
     
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  19. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018

    I went with 9mm. I shoot quite a bit of it already and was itching for a 9mm 1911. I’ve also read about gaulling and some actually locking up that’s why I plan on sticking to a pretty strict break-in program. I wonder how many times I can rack the slide before I can’t take it anymore and have to shoot it lol.[/QUOTE]
    Just lube liberally after cleaning. The stuff on it from the factory looks like oil but it is just a protective substance for storage. Re lube frequently, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t dry out. I admire your commitment to the break in regimen but I shot 100 rounds between cleaning, 50 just was not enough:)
     
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  20. pcar157

    pcar157 Well-Known Member

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    Jan 22, 2019
    For me any 1911 must have the slide stop pin recessed. I'm a left handed shooter and my support hand thumb falls right on the slide stop pin if not recessed. The cosmetics are secondary for me. On my PM-9, I sent it back to DW and had them chamfer the frame and shorten the pin.
     
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