Some range pics
Appreciate OP's comments. I'm going to the range for my first shooting session with my DW Valor tomorrow. My impression of this pistol is very positive so far. And I like the small cut on the back of the slide stop, which keeps the lever lined up with the plunger and helps prevent the idiot mark on the frame (I take it that most 1911's now come with this small cut or groove for aligning the SS, but it's new to me). Overall fit and finish is excellent.
This is my first 1911 since the Colt Mark IV Series 70 I bought back in the first half of the 1980's. A beautiful gun but a jam-o-matic that I couldn't get to work reliably with JHP or even ball ammo. I sold it after a year of frustration. I had a 1911A1 issued to me in a couple of units and they worked but required a lot of LSA to keep them wet and a lot of slaps on the back of the slide to get them to feed.
I too swapped out the gray/black VZ grips that came with the Valor for the VZ's in the color shown in the OP's picture, "Black Cherry," which looks much like dark wood.
Looks like your pistol is the duty finish, hence the gray grips. These are stainless vs carbon steel of the blued pistols. If I recall they were about $250 more than a blues version when I got mine. nice pistol with a very durable, attractive finish.