DW Guardian Range Report

Discussion in 'Range Reports & Reviews' started by Blayglock, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Blayglock

    Blayglock Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    I never knew the perfect ccw 1911 could be had at this price point. Let me explain in a nutshell: Superb fit, great trigger, good sights, hard use finish, meticulously de-horned, nicely bevel magwell, lightweight frame, bobtailed for ease of concealability and more than accurate. Now what some of you will disagree with it is in 9mm. Personally, I have done a enough testing to satisfy in my own mind that .45 is not big enough or powerful enough to make up for a poor shot, but a good shot with either caliber using modern SD ammo does fine. I've also heard that since the 1911 was designed around .45 yada yada yada... Ive never had problems with any 9mm 1911s that good mags did not solve. So I choose the caliber that is cheaper to practice with (= more shooting for the money) and has less recoil. YMMV.

    I picked up this DW Guardian in a trade from Quack. I believe it had 500 rounds through it but cannot remember exactly what he told me. I put 250 rounds comprised of the following:

    124 gr +P Speer Gold Dots
    115 gr LRN with 4.0gr Tightgroup
    115 Gr Plated 4.2gr Titegroup
    115 gr Plated 4.5gr Titegroup

    Titegroup is my favorite powder for practice ammo even though it is a tad smokey with lead. I only loaded 50 plated with each charge to test how they did. The 4.5 gr seemed a tad more accurate, but both cycled the gun reliability with a smooth recoil impulse. Now that I have tested and found a good load I am going to make some more and head back to the range this week Lord willin and the creek dont rise.

    I tried 3 types of mags: 10 round Wilson Combat, 10 round Para Ord, and the Checkmates that come with the gun. I had 3 failures during the range season. 2 were due to bad reloads (slightly bulged cases) and 1 was a stovepipe due to the Checkmate mag. The Checkmate has this annoying habit of pushing the 2nd round too far up after you chamber a round. If you chamber a round and drop the mag, the top round always falls out on one of the mags. More testing is needed, but I have confidence in the 10 rounders.

    I had 2 amazing revelations today running this pistol. While running some F.A.S.T. drills I found that the magwell is so nicely beveled that my mag changes were nearly as fast and smooth as with my SA MC Operator that has an S&A magchute. I was surprised and how quick my mag changes were. This makes me a very happy camper.

    The other revelation I had was that since this gun is bobtailed & commander sized I could actually conceal the pistol OWB without dressing like a slouch. My normal T-shirts will conceal this just fine with the leather OWB holster that I have. I tested it out by running some errands with this setup. No problems or even second glances. As a side note it is legal to OC here in PA, but I will not be doing it. I’m afraid the people in the area I live would freak out.

    If there is one thing I would change (and I will) it is the low profile Novak sights. They are great for concealed carry and do not snag. Likewise, they are easy to find in the dark. However when I was running the FAST drills I was having a harder time picking up the front sight at high speed. The Heinie sights I have on my other guns are better suited for the task. The main problem with the Novak sights is that there isn’t enough daylight between the post and rear sight.

    Lastly, I am very please with Cane & Derby holsters and mag carriers. The one in the picture below is so slim and well contoured that wearing it OWB is not problem. I highly recommend them, even over Raven, primarily since leads times are in the 30 day range as opposed to 4 month range. Also pictured is my Bear Grylls Gerber. I dont buy expensive knives because I break or loose them. I pleased with this one so far for a cheapo.

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011
  2. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Good to hear that you like it!!!

    It had more than 500 rounds through it, probably closer to 1000.

    If, the darn electricians and customer's didn't take all day, i would've met up with you.

  3. Hokie

    Hokie Active Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Having shot that gun, couldn't agree more. Fantastic firearm. :thumb:
  4. Blayglock

    Blayglock Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Thanks Quack. I could not remeber. I guess its time for a recoil spring change soon.
  5. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    Nice Review! It's a fantastic gun that has the right combination of LW bobtail frame and commander slide.
  6. duketbrd88

    duketbrd88 Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Good review! Never seen one or held one in person, but it sure does look nice.
  7. Spokes

    Spokes Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Sep 18, 2011
    Me too, would love to see one.
    Maybe not, I would probably buy it if it was for sale.
  8. Chris

    Chris YOU ****!!!! Supporting Addict

    Aug 17, 2011
    Great gun, love mine. :thumb:

    DRYHUMOR Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    I like mine as well. Pushing about 1500 rds now
  10. rsxr22

    rsxr22 Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Awesome gun! Glad you like it Derek
  11. knedrgr

    knedrgr Low capacity, low tech...

    Aug 15, 2011
    Keep up...he liked it...as in he had it...
  12. Quack

    Quack it's mmm, mmm good... Staff Member Admin

    Aug 15, 2011
    Now Wade has it.

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