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Anyone noticed the differences of the front strap checkering between the old Valor and the new Valor as well as other DW models?

The old Valor had traditional looking serrations where as the milling showed the cutter radius runout past the last vertical cut and on to the grip flat. The newer Valor and other models do not. Not sure how the newer style could be produced by milling without this run out.

I believe I prefer the original Valor style along with the front strap checking milled on other makes such as Wilson Combat, Nighthawk, and others. Looks more like hand checkering.
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Perhaps the difference between embossed checkering and cut?
 

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I'm sure it will grow on me....but I currently don't care for the changes made to the Specialist, either.

The prior version had an interesting appearance due to the rail design. New rail is very muted and bland looking. Also gone is the nice looking countersunk slide stop pin.

The Guardian, however, does have a change that I like. The checkering on the mainspring housing is a welcome change.

These Guardian pistols really are calling my name. Less bulk, nice rounded butt and same quality.
 

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I do believe that the new Valor frames are being produced by a totally different maker than the original Valor. These new frames are more like the Specialist, and the PM, frames. I think the undercut verifies this as well. The older undercut on the Valor was totally different then their other stainless offerings... This is speculation of course, but having worked on a number of these to include the specialist, c-bob, pm-7 and Valor, there was a definite difference in the quality of the machine work and the metal from one offering to another. Some definitive style differences as well. But, the difference in the material was evident through cutting and filing etc.. Same model years so it wasn't a difference of cast to billet etc. but a difference in hardness and metal composition.
 

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Absolutely agree Dwe. Let me know when your ready to part with one of yours. Mine needs a 9mm to keep it company.
Don’t hold your breath!
I’m still kicking myself for selling both my .45 Valors.:bang::oops:
 
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