Evolution Armory Dan Wesson A2

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by JohnnyEgo, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2017
    It's been a long wait. But my Dan Wesson A2 as reworked by Evolution Armory finally arrived yesterday. I bought this gun from BBP about a year ago, on a whim, and had it shipped directly to EA. Since the A2 is Dan Wesson's take on a 'retro mod' style update of the classic A1, I figured it would be ok to add a little more 'modern' to it, while still retaining some of the timelessness of a classic design.

    She got some checkering, a flattened and serrated slide top, a fitted Wilson magwell, a more comfortable thumb safety, some Harrison fire control parts, a 10-8 rear U notch site and a Trijicon front site, a mild dehorn, and a polished classic blue finish. I fought my natural tendency to want to flush-cut and crown the barrel or serrate the back of the slide, as I wanted a few small cues to tie it back to it's fore-bearers. Work was expertly done.

    I've bought three sets of grips for this gun over the past year, with two of them unexpectedly finding new homes during the wait. However, as much as I liked the mammoth grips on my hard-chromed Delta, they have found their home here, as originally intended.

    Very pleased with how she looks. I've never been one to leave my toys in their original packaging, so this is probably as clean and scratch-free as this one will ever be. I plan to shoot the hell out of it, and provided it proves reliable, it will occasionally ride in a holster when I want to feel pretty or need a change of pace from the other full-sized 1911s I prefer to carry.

    Waiting really is the hardest part.
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  2. mrkinnex

    mrkinnex Active Member

    Sep 10, 2014
    Drool... congratulations! That's a beautifully specced build. You have the ultimate A2 now!
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  3. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I'd say the wait was worth it. Congratulations.
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  4. 1911mechanik

    1911mechanik Christ is my front sight.

    Apr 29, 2016
    Man, that's gorgeous. Very nice. One of the best I've seen. Congrats!
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  5. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    That’s a beauty!

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  6. eboggs

    eboggs Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2016
    Evolution Armory does great work. Wish I still had the Colt Commander they did for me. By the time I’m ready for another build I have a feeling heir backlog will be much longer than my first go ‘round.

    Awesome pistol!
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  7. SLAM37

    SLAM37 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    Beautiful ... can't wait to hear how she shoots!
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  8. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
  9. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Love it! That is the best retro build I've seen I think.
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  10. switchback

    switchback Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2014
    Perfectly spec'd and , of course, perfectly executed. Well done by all! Its a beauty.
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  11. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Beautiful! Nicely spec'd
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  12. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Damn that is one puuurrrttyy heater!!!!!
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  13. Journeyman1234

    Journeyman1234 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    I love it! Now, you've got me wanting to do something similar. Congrats and Happy Shooting!
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  14. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    That is spectacular. Indeed, shoot and carry that beauty.

    Extremely well-done - congratulations.
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  15. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Any idea of current wait times? Seeing this makes me think of sending in a Colt S70 that needs just a little love from a Smiff

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  16. CT72

    CT72 Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2015
  17. TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot

    TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot I do not consent.

    Dec 28, 2017
    Very nice. Great choice on the one-piece magwell. What thumb safety did you go with?

    These really are nice guns, and I get why they are spec'd the way they are. But they need some changes to work for me and you've done a great job fixing the same things I would fix.

    Looking forward to range reports.

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  18. LPRoad

    LPRoad Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 16, 2015
    Dang, that's a beauty!
  19. Dwe

    Dwe I'm a terminal 1911 Addict!

    Sep 4, 2011

    Sheeeesa Beaut!
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2018
  20. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    I gotta give you my vote too. EA does some very nice work

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