Dan Wesson Predicament: DW Specialist (45 ACP) or WC Modified Beretta 9mm (Not Action Tuned)

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  1. sammieiii

    sammieiii Well-Known Member

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    Apr 18, 2016
    Well, after my long debate between a GI or Baer, I ended up going with a Baer Custom Carry because I couldn’t help myself having owned one before and always regretted selling it.

    I now find myself in another predicament between a Dan Wesson Specialist (45 ACP) or WC Modified Beretta 9mm (Not Action Tuned). The Specialist is about $500 more than the WC Beretta and is chambered in 45 ACP compared to the WC in 9mm.

    Anyone have experience with either or recommend one over the other? Using this as my excuse to get a railed gun so I need to make it count!


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  2. Addicted2gunz

    Addicted2gunz Undecided on whether or not I'm indecisive... Supporting Addict

    Jul 14, 2018
    I vote Dan Wesson Specialist, but I'm partial since I have one lol. It is a seriously accurate amazing shooter!
     

  3. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Apples and oranges, hard to compare those two. What are the intended uses?
     
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  4. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

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    Jan 11, 2017
    This is 1911addicts.com.....there is only ONE answer!!!!
     
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  5. sammieiii

    sammieiii Well-Known Member

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    Apr 18, 2016
    I’ll keep it by the bed at night and put a light on it for HD. I’ll also shoot it at the ranch/range. I was able to get one last hall pass so I’m stuck on diversifying with a WB Beretta or putting another 1911 in the safe.
     
  6. sammieiii

    sammieiii Well-Known Member

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    Apr 18, 2016
    Haha - I guess I just asked a pretty stupid question! I can’t decide if I should go with another 1911 or mix it up with the WC.


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  7. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

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    Oct 24, 2014
    I've the tuned WC Beretta and have it for that exact purpose, helluva shooter as well, very pleased with mine. DW is great, but doesn't hold 20.
     
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  8. removed

    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Guy,

    For a real nice bedside gun, you need to get a pistol length .300BLK, with that holds 30 rounds (or more with a drum). Dress it up with a silencer and a weapon light. Then that cute WC Beretta can be used as "backup"
     
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  9. Kip

    Kip Sir Kip Esquire

    Apr 12, 2016
    Specialist.
     
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  10. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I think what you're really asking is, is it better to have 20 rounds of 9mm at your bedside or 10 rounds of 45 acp? (I'm assuming you can find 10 round 45 acp 1911 mags work reliably with the DW Specialist. I haven't tested this.)

    Or maybe you're asking if DA/SA is better than SAO (in condition 1) for a bedside gun?

    Answers either of the above questions pretty much determines which of the two guns you should choose.
     
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  11. firecatwilson

    firecatwilson Well-Known Member

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    Feb 24, 2013
    I'd get a specialist
     
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  12. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    I approve of this message went through this gun recently it's in excellent shape and one of the best factory shooters I have had in my shop.. And I have had a ton of Dan Wessons, I actually own 14 and the closest I had accuracy wise was a tricked up guardian. But, it's had work done to it. This also is one of the best aesthetically as well that I've seen.
     
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  13. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    1st the Specialist all the way because there’s something about a specialist and we’re all 1911 Addicts.

    But I will also suggest the Beretta but going in a different route, to obtain the beretta how about putting one together yourself? A Franken Beretta?
    Have a plan for configuration, The toughest items to start are sourcing a Vertec slide but doable, with the vertec slide you have many options for sights, then frame rail no rail, vertec grip, inox etc. With this you gain knowledge about the platform and have a bit of satisfaction of configuring/building it your self.
    But if you need to scratch the itch immediately there are other options then a Wilson Beretta
    You can get One of 2 models from Langdon Tacticle, or Allegheny gun works can put one together also.

    My Franken Beretta, a continual work in progress
    M9 frame,Vertec slide, LTT Grips, D spring, Ameriglo spartan night-sights,
    Next up too install a LTT trigger job in a bag, shortening and crown barrel, and G conversion.
    For the future sourcing a Vertec frame,

    After all this writing and thought My Idea of a Bump in the night,HD 92- base pistol
    A Beretta M9-A3. D hmm can it be done or does it exist? (15 plus round revolver)
    Oh wait I kinda have one a HK P30 V1-Lem
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  14. FredZ

    FredZ Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Aug 7, 2017
    My DW specialist in 45 ACP is one of the go to shooters for the purposes you talked about. Most of the time I agree that a DW is worth the money. Especially if you can get mr Owens to work on it for you. IMG_4063.jpg


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  15. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    If you're soliciting opinions, my personal choice would be to go with a Specialist. This is because I carry and shoot a 1911 on a regular basis, and I don't want to have to relearn how to shoot a DA/SA pistol while fighting bad guys in my tighty whities. But that's just me...
     
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  16. Fred_G

    Fred_G Known Agitator

    Dec 29, 2015
    Simple. Get both. Problem solved, you are welcome.




    :grin:

    I have shot one of those WC Beretta guns, and they are sweet, plan on getting one some day, probably not WC, but a Beretta. Who knows.
     
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  17. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

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    Dec 25, 2018
    Here is a dissenting opinion...get neither, save 'yer scheckels and go buy that Guncrafter!

    Problem solved.

    You're welcome.
    Todd
     
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  18. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    I’ll say it out loud as I’ve been thinking it for a long time. Just mho.

    But I don’t think the “improvements in the Wilson Beretta are worth the upcharge over a factory Beretta. I think the action tune is not much more than a little stoning, and a reduced weight hammer spring.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the gun, but if you dig into the actual upgrades , it’s hard for me to find the extra $600-$700 of improvements.

    Again, just my opinion.
     
  19. rod442

    rod442 Well-Known Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    Why not get a 9mm specialist if you lean that way?

    For a home defense pistol between the two I'd go with the beretta, only because of capacity. I stopped keeping my Springfield OP as a bedside gun after buying another Sig 226 da/sa. Under extreme stress, and likely just waking up, I didn't want to deal with a safety. Also I like having (2X the rounds of a 1911 without needing a reload (and in my case I have 20rd mag).
     
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