2020 Dan Wesson Specialist

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

  1. Au Jus in Bello

    Au Jus in Bello Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2017
    Any indication that DW's cutting corners on parts or build quality?
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  2. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    No not really, the grips are VZ just finished differently and like I said the feel and touch sensation of the grip just feels plastic. And the two part Magwell the use is one they have use in the past just a poor design imo. Those never have been right tbh.. But over all the gun was still tight, barrel fit is decent, they're still a Dan Wesson.. Most don't like everything about each gun makers choices of parts or aesthetics lol.. Over all I like this newer model better than the previous.. But, I'm not a rail guy lol..
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  3. xmshooter10

    xmshooter10 Member

    Dec 7, 2019
    Started the break in process as recommended in the Manual. I probably hand cycled it 300+ times before hitting the range

    Put 250 flawless rounds of Geco 230 grn through today.

    I didn’t notice any excessive wear when I took it down. Really not much wear at all except a small spot on the left frame rail.

    I was very happy with it overall and it shot great. The only thing that wasn’t perfect was the mag release, which was hanging up a little with 3 different types of magazines. It was really smooth before shooting, so I’m not sure. Probably a burr or something I’ll have to knock off.


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    Last edited: Feb 19, 2020
  4. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Even though right handed I am with you as this being a must have, when its not recessed it just seems to get in the way for me at this point, always find myself pushing on it, if a gun doesnt come that way its something a smith does ASAP
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  5. davidv

    davidv New Member

    Apr 14, 2016
    I just cancelled my order for a stainless Specialist in 9mm and I sent the following to Dan Wesson:

    The new Specialist is heartbreaking.

    I have a Valor and a Specialist both in .45 and placed an order today at Hyatt for the Specialist in 9mm. I decided to hit the Dan Wesson site, and I am so sorry to say I had to cancel my order. The ball endmill cuts are ruined by the serrations, the reduction in slots in the Rail is ok but straightening the front of the rail has absolutely ruined the elegant curve of the earlier model.

    No recessed slide stop? Why on earth would you get rid of that???? And the cheaper slide top serrations are also quite tragic, nowhere near as distinctive and reaks of cost cutting (and it looks like an afterthought).

    I’ll just have Wilson make one that looks like the gun you just discontinued.

    Tragic folks - you took THE most beautiful 1911 and made it look like a common Springfield. I have never seen a gun transformed from truly special and distinctive to truly every day and common.

    Utterly shocked and disappointed

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  6. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    110% agree, you can however still find some old new stock on places like gun broker, Buds, and other well known firearms retailers..
  7. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011
    Congrats on a fine DW.. Go shoot the crap out of it.

    On the face of it the new Specialist looks great...

    I think I like the FCS and that is strange thing for me because as a rule I don't.:confused:

    I Don't like the omission of the Clark rib on the slide, and the
    beveled slide stop.

    Not really related...
    Does anyone find is Ironic that a production company like Dan Wesson can line the Ball cuts up with the dust cover,
    and WC can't... or won't?????:computer:
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  8. davidv

    davidv New Member

    Apr 14, 2016
    Yes, Wilson almost never lines up the rail or frame and the slide cuts... here’s 2 of mine that shows this well!
  9. davidv

    davidv New Member

    Apr 14, 2016
    Here’s the images...

    Attached Files:

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  10. pcar157

    pcar157 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2019
    Speaking of DW, had a conversation the other day with Keith who informed me that all service work now will be done in Kansas City; Endre, Shawn and the boys are gone! Parts still come out of NY.
    Just sayin'
  11. asiparks

    asiparks Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Agreed. I think the old Specialist was the best looking railed 1911 bar none.
    I know it's all cosmetic and doesn't, for the most part, affect function, but DW kinda nailed the looks with most of their 1911's, which was the icing on their quality cake.
    I liked the Clark rib and think that the new slide top serrations that stop shy of the front and rear sights dont look nearly as quality as the full length serrations. I don't get the dropping of the recessed slide stop either
  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Can't believe Shawn and Andre are gone not sure this is such a good plan. Had a client get with CZ about a Dan Wesson vigil issue and could not believe the email response he got in return you would of thought a first grader responded to his email very sad and very scary at the same time..
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  13. tj24

    tj24 New Member

    Jun 30, 2020
    Hey everyone brand new here but have been reading everything i possibly can about dan wesson 1911's and 10mm for the past two weeks. maybe yall can help.
    Purchased stainless 10mm Dan Wesson specialist 2 weeks ago. First range trip, 150 rds fired, 17 malfunctions. all failure to feed and a few times the slide release activated (makes no sense, i'm left handed) Been using factory 10mm, blazer, magtech, s&b, sig and factory and wilson mags. Nothing fixes the issues. Continued the break in process using reccomended fp-10 and cleaning every 50 rounds. 650 rounds later and i'm still getting inadvertent slide lock and ftf every 2-3 magazines. What gives? do i send it back? what would they even do? I'm worried i have a lemon, and honestly i don't wanna keep shooting tons and tons of rounds to no avail with how bad ammo costs have been and the scarcity in general. Thoughts? I could use some help.
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  14. DWdude

    DWdude Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    This is not good! These two were excellent at customer service and Endre did superb work on my PT-Cbob and PT-C.
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  15. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Send your pistol to Integrity Arms to get fixed up, as it sounds like DW warranty department is gone...
  16. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Check extractor tension, I’ve gotten DW’s with too much tension, caused FTF in my Specialist
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  17. tj24

    tj24 New Member

    Jun 30, 2020
    Not sure how to check the extractor tension personally figured I’d give the warranty department a try first. Are you saying the customer service isn’t what it used to be?
  18. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    10 mm can be very ammo finicky as there are such a diverse amount if different loads that seem to be all over the map. But, the first thing I noticed abut a newer 10 mm Razorback was that they had the ejector cut all the way back behind the mag tunnel like the old colts were on all their older guns.. The first thing I would do is check extractor tension, then ejector length, then breach face size. I have also found some where the breach face was a bit tight and opening it up a little at the J-cut or right beside the extractor tunnel helps with smoother feeding if needed of course.. But, again 1st place to start is the extractor..
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  19. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Very simple. Google is your friend. I watched one by Burton and thought, hell, if he uses trial and error, so can I.
  20. tj24

    tj24 New Member

    Jun 30, 2020
    Just shipped it back to Dan Wesson. We'll see what happens. Fingers crossed

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