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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.
 

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Has anyone here picked up a 2020 5” DW Specialist in black yet?

One thing it appears they changed, that I’m not necessarily happy about, is removing the recessed Slide Stop.
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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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.
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.
 

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

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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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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.
Much easier to get in that way as well.. I offer both for future reference.. ;)
 

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


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

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.


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.
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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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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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.

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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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.
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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