Dan Wesson Stan Chen Magwell Installation & Bead Blasting done by Integrity Arms

Discussion in 'Range Reports & Reviews' started by B81, Dec 22, 2018.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    A couple weeks ago, I had acquired a used Dan Wesson Valor in "bare" stainless. The gun was in good mechanical condition, but there was a nasty idiot mark left by the previous owner.

    About a week after acquiring the Valor, I contacted @Steve Owens at Integrity Arms about installing a Stan Chen Gen 2 Magwell, and doing something about the hideous idiot scratch on my Valor. Steve said that the idiot scratch could be fixed by bead blasting the gun, and that he could either bead blast it to look factory new, or give a more Ed Brown texture/luster. Steve quoted me the cost of materials and labor. He also told me up front that I would need to purchase new grips, as the Chen magwells require standard thickness grips, and that he could not cut the thin grips that come factory installed on the DW Valors. Steve also informed me that I would need new grip screws and bushings to accommodate the change in grip thickness.

    I sent my payment to Steve electronically. I also went ahead and ordered a set of grips from VZ and had them sent directly to Steve. Steve arranged to have FedEx ship my gun to him, and had a mailing label emailed to me. I dropped my gun off at FedEx that night. About two weeks later, my Valor was back in my hands with a Stan Chen Gen 2 magwell and fresh bead blasting job. Communication with Steve during those two weeks was excellent. He was very responsive to my texts and PM's, and he provided regular progress updates. He sought my consent before doing anything that was not in the original work plan. There were no major issues that came up.

    I'm extremely happy with the results.



    I chose the the VZ Frag grips. I plan to use this gun for concealed carry, and I didn't want anything that would abrade my clothing. These grips are "black cherry" according to the VZ website, although they sometimes look more brown. I'm happy with the color. The texture of the grips feels "grippy" enough for serious shooting but doesn't snag your clothing.

    The bead blasting done by Steve appears to be even and consistent. The idiot mark is completely gone.


    Installation of the magwell requires removing .300 inches off of the grip/frame, drilling of a new MSH pin hole, and fitting of the grip panels. The work appears to be professionally done. The magwell fits tightly with the frame. Grips are cleanly cut and fit well against the magwell and frame. All of the machining work looks very clean. Both the Wilson Combat 47D and ETM mags click in place without requiring excessive force, and drop freely when the mag release is pressed.


    There are lot of talented pistol smiths out there. For many of us, however, we just can't afford the long wait times. I think Steve is showing that he has the motivation and skills to hang with the best of them, yet he can turn his projects around in a fraction of the time. Hurry up and hire this guy while you still can! If I had the money, I would strongly consider hiring Steve to build a custom pistol.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  2. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I should also mention that the Stan Chen Gen 2 Magwells are not sold openly to the public. They are only available through qualified installers. Integrity Arms (Steve Owens) is one of them.
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  3. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Great looking work!

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  4. wrmiller

    wrmiller The Tinker

    Oct 29, 2016
    Nicely done!
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  5. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    Excellent job on that pistola, She sure is a looker now! Fine job by Steve and glad to hear you are happy with it.
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  6. WNC1911

    WNC1911 NRA Life Member & IDPA Member

    Dec 30, 2014
    Great review. Your Valor turned out very nice. Steve's work is looking good!
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  7. azguy1911

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

    Oct 22, 2015
    The finish is amazing for sure
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  8. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Nicely done. I think the pistol turned out great. Enjoy!
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  9. Addicted2gunz

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

    Jul 14, 2018
    Looks amazing! Steve has my DW Specialist right now!
  10. Colorado Sonny

    Colorado Sonny Deo Volente Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    That is one nice looking pistol!

    Great job Steve!
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  11. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
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  12. apipeguy

    apipeguy Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    Looks great.
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  13. A45GUNNER

    A45GUNNER Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2012
    Great looking gat! Steve does excellent work Get in line as he will be very busy in short order
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  14. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Have to admit it , Stevie did beautiful work :bang: :roflmaro:
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  15. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Nice looking Dan W there, and sure looks like @Steve Owens is earning his stripes here.
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  16. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Thank you Capthobo sir, I salute you.. I have a lot more stripes to go before they turn into bars.. that's for sure. ;) thanks again for the compliments... I am starting to figure things out...
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  17. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    It is a fine looking heater. I’ve spent the last three years(well, on and off)regretting buying Duty Coat instead of going the SS route on my Valor.
  18. Integrity Arms

    Integrity Arms 1911 Pistol Smith

    Mar 20, 2017
    Many people I know have talked to me about this. While the duty Coat is a great finish it's kind of a one and done, which really limits the cosmetic upgrades that can be such a great option on the SS versions. I believe I could still put a carbon steel magwell on the Duty treat, but it is very, very difficult to work with and cut.
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  19. TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot

    TangoWhiskeyFoxtrot I do not consent.

    Dec 28, 2017
    That is a very well-finished and attractive pistol there @PewPewPtwang. I am not generally a big fan of magwells but that is so well fit and blended and flows so nicely with the shape of the gun I can't help but like it.

    Excellent work @Steve Owens. Great craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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