Dan Wesson Dan Wesson Vigil

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Tony13, Dec 11, 2018.

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  1. Tony13

    Tony13 Member

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    Dec 7, 2018
    Vigil owners what’s your thoughts? I have a PM9 that I love and shoot for steel matches. Want to get another 1911 and like what I see in the Vigil. Plus are it’s a DW, 9mm, size and weight, duty finish and price point. Would be a mostly a range fun gun, possible shoot matches with it just to shake things up.
    Thx,
    Tony
     
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  2. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    I would get a steel gun for the range personally. Vigil is a great carry gun. Just my .02
     

  3. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Have the Vigil Commander and 5” gun.
    I’ve shot a couple matches with them, but they are primarily “carry” guns.
    After very minor tweaking (trigger job, thumb safety improvement, radius/polish extractor hook/increase extractor tension and FBFPS) they have been flawless.
    Both guns ran fine before improvements, but weren’t to my liking.
     
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  4. Tony13

    Tony13 Member

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    Dec 7, 2018
    Well I’m trying not to break the bank on this one so I’d like to keep it around $1k or lower. I’ve looked at the Springfield RO, Colt competition. I love my PM9 so I keep coming back to DW. Any other suggestions?
     
  5. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Just personal experience; both the SA RO and Colt Comp. required a lot more “tweaking” (parts replacement, final fitting) than the DW’s I’ve had in hand.

    I personally wouldn’t use an alloy frame pistol for a range gun. I’d be concerned I’d beat it to death in short order.

    Not trying to discourage you, but usually there’s no free lunch.
     
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  6. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Get an A2 they have a carbon steel frame, they are in my experience a bit tighter fit than other of their factory guns, price point is right, sights kinda stink, but easy fix.. I'd put in a gunsmith fit bushing and Os fps and you should see as good if not better results then out of your pm9 and my experiences with that gun is it's just about as flawless a shooter as one could ask for.
     
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  7. Tony13

    Tony13 Member

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    Dec 7, 2018
    Love the look of the A2 Steve. Only comes in .45 as far as I see. Am I wrong?
     
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  8. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Far as I know, yes only 45 for the A2
     
  9. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Yeah sorry didn't even think about that.. They are super nice though... I have the full and the commander. Commander is undergoing customizing and has been sitting idle for a bit, while I work on others guns, but eventually I will get back to that one..
     
  10. DMiller

    DMiller Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2012
    As you have both, what would be your choice if you could pick only one for carry? I’ve pretty much decided on the Vigil as my new EDC, but I’m still on the fence as to full size or commander. Leaning towards the commander....

    For today.

    Lol
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  11. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    I'm hoping to make my next 1911 purchase a DW. :)
     
  12. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Commander, no question- for full time carry gun.
     
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  13. Trashy

    Trashy Well-Known Member

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    Mar 24, 2018
    OP, I have the Vigil and also a 5" Valor in 9mm, I've had no problems from either. The Vigil is a very nice gun, it just doesn't have a few of the upgrades as some other DW's. IMO. you won't go wrong with one.
     
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  14. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Full size, no question. ;)
     
  15. DMiller

    DMiller Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2012
    Funny guys. Lol
     
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  16. johnb62

    johnb62 Well-Known Member

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    Oct 7, 2012
    My LGS has several Vigil variations in stock. Plan on making a full size 45 mine soon.
     
  17. Tony13

    Tony13 Member

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    Dec 7, 2018
    Ok now you guys have me thinking now about getting a 45. The A2 definitely appeals to me, but I’m thinking iconic 45 is the Colt. Also my buddy has an E series Smith and Wesson, I plan on shooting it next range day. Not sure how I feel about the external extractor yet but looks like a winner. Thoughts?
     

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