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Old 02-23-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
 
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Handled a Pointman 1911 today.

Man, this thing is very nice. It was the 5" .45 with the Bo-mar copy on the rear.

It's tight as, or tighter than a Kimber. The "match" barrel seems very well fit, and the fit and finish on the rest of the gun is exceptional for this price range ($650).

Had inverted diamonds on the flat MSH as well, that was pretty unusual. Also noticed the slightly extended mag release.

If it hadn't had those front serrations, it would be near perfect IMO. I am going to have a tough time talking myself out of this one.
 
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Old 02-23-2005, 03:06 PM   #2
 
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Other forums have cults dedicated to Dan Wesson 1911's. IMO I could overlook the front slide serrations.
 
Old 02-23-2005, 08:05 PM   #3
 
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I think I can learn to live with the front serrations as well.

I had recently heard a lot of good reports on the DW 1911s and was quite impressed with this one. It seemed awfully solid and made my Kimber Tactical Custom II look a bit sick by comparison.
 
 
Old 02-24-2005, 09:43 AM   #4
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My personal experience is that their 1911s are damn near as nice as their wheelguns.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 04:41 AM   #5
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Some of their early 1911's had problems, but here lately it seems that the problems have been sorted out. Hopefully the recent merger of DW and CZ will mean DW products will be seen in gunshops that carry CZ's.
 
Old 02-28-2005, 09:09 PM   #6
 
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Some of their early 1911's had problems, but here lately it seems that the problems have been sorted out. Hopefully the recent merger of DW and CZ will mean DW products will be seen in gunshops that carry CZ's.
This seems to be the case at least in my area. My shop always carried CZ but never any DW until a couple weeks ago.
 
Old 08-07-2005, 09:43 PM   #7
 
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DW 1911

I recently purchased a DW Pointman 1911 in 10mm and the gun is flawless. I shopped extensively and the DW is much better in overall quality than any Kimber, SA, or SW I looked at. Slide fit is tighter than any of the competition. Best 1911 on the market outside of the custom shop guns imho.
 
Old 08-08-2005, 09:21 AM   #8
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I have a Dan Wesson Pointman Seven in 10mm that is fantastic! Not being able to leave anything stock, I, of course, have changed a few things, mostly from a cosmetic standpoint. From a functioning and accuracy standpoint, there is very little to improve on. My only real gripe with the DW 1911s, at least with the adjustable sight versions, is the funky front sight. I think it is butt-ugly, but it is a proprietary dovetail cut that is deeper than a standard Novak or Heinie. With work, you can use a Novak Kimber front sight, but you will have to bury it. Dan Wesson 1911s are one of the best values on the market. They will shoot with any of the high0end 1911s out there, and better than some. I just hope they bring back the CCO in 10mm!
 
Old 09-20-2005, 10:06 PM   #9
 
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I liked my 10mm Pointman so much I bought a Pointman Major in .45 ACP. Price was $100 over the 10mm and I have seen significant increases lately. DW's are over $900 from what I have seen.
 
Old 09-21-2005, 03:19 AM   #10
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The price increase is courtesy of CZ-USA, which now owns Dan Wesson Firearms. Same guns, same people making them and running the DW facility, just more retail outlets and higher prices. I think the price hike is a bad move on the part of CZ-USA management. The key to Kimber's success in the 1911 market was that for so long, they offered the best 1911 with the most features for the least amount of money. This forced Colt and Springfield to do the same.

Now if DW is using all machined parts, no MIM, then $900 is a fair price. But if they switch over to a lot of cheap MIM parts, then DW will get a bad name and they will disappear.
 
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