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I dont know what others mean by 'run em wet' but in my short stint in uspsa I had oil stains on my shirt. Extra drips off. Oil is cheap. Shirts are cheap. Classes arent. If its working dont worry but be prepared with a backup. Good luck
 

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There has been some really good suggestions concerning your gun and equipment, I will offer some regarding you. Hydrate in advance. Be sure and get plenty of water prior to the beginning of class. Lay off caffeine, it can cause dehydration along with other issues that will be detrimental to your performance. Get plenty of sleep while at the class. Too many fellows have shown up for day 2 with a hangover for me to be tempted for a night out. Gatorade to replace electrolytes.
A few items to make things a bit more enjoyable, mag loaders, sun screen, chap stick, First Aid kit with plenty of adhesive tape and bandages for cuts and blisters. Even in hot weather I prefer long sleeve shirt and a broad brimmed hat. Good luck and have fun!
 

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Okay, so I own a Dan Wesson Specialist; as far as I know, it is reliable.
past the 500 round mark now, should be broken in (at the basic level) and all that jazz.

Runs great and what not.
SO! Have a handgun course in three weeks and I am confident in it; but you know, you read all these things about 1911's hanging up, relability issues, it creates doubt in my head.

I got the SPecialist cause I know it won't have this issue as far as I can tell.

send help and motivational words please :)
Most classes I've taken, it was with an m1911. That written, the pistol was usually (always?) more than 500rds. So your pistol may not yet be fire-lapped enough for shooting hundreds of rounds over a short time. As the frame and slide both get hot, both expand, they may use up all the clearance between their respective bearing surfaces. Depending upon the nature of the class that may / not be an issue. How many rounds being shot in a day: <=200? not likely an issue; >=600rds? fairly likely. Lots of treatment with a light oil that'll provide evaporative cooling and lube ought to reduce the risk of rails seizing.

After that, my biggest concern is with the magazines. So I'd recommend getting some highly reliable mags and take a marker that can mark a mag that has any failure that has a credible mag-related cause. For a .45ACP, I can recommend the CMC RPMs, with only the caveat that mine were purchased before WC bought CMC ... and for myself, no loss of confidence in CMC.
 
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Seems I’ve been walking between the raindrops too. In 45 years of shooting I never had a problem with a mag - and for most of those years have shot weekly.
Never gave in to the knee-jerk response of saying Wilson (not that there’s anything wrong with them) immediately after hearing/saying the word magazine.
I just don’t get it.
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You don't necessarily have to run out and replace all your factory mags with Wilsons, but there are definitely companies to avoid.
 

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You don't necessarily have to run out and replace all your factory mags with Wilsons, but there are definitely companies to avoid.
And I do avoid them!
But Tripp, Brown, Checkmate, McCormick, Colt and Wilson are all top tier. And if one of those come with a firearm I don’t replace it - as a knee-jerk reaction, as previously stated. I use them all, and have with great success. YMMV.
 

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If your mag springs aren't toast, the mags agree with the gun, your recoil spring is sufficient, and your ammo is good for the gun, why not? On occasion stop to wipe down breechface and ramp...add oil to lugs, stripper rail, slide track, and bushing.

Before you go, wouldn't hurt to pull the extractor and clean the sludge from the extractor tunnel. Perhaps clean the firing pin hole while you're there. Can't count how many used guns I've gotten that had a sludge worm packed in around the extractor.
 

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I've read some of the previous comments and must say that my experience with CCI Blazer ammunition has been rather disappointing. The ammo is cheap and is prone to misfires because of the primers not igniting. My EDC is a stainless steel DW Specialist Commander in 10mm. Before I had a chance to break it in I had to send it back to the factory because the slide locked up on the frame rails. They fixed the issue and after I broke it in I now carry it all the time. My magazines are 8rd Wilson Combat magazines and some 10rd Trip Research magazines. I haven't had any issues. DW makes very nice 1911 pistols.
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Dan Wesson has long been known for reliability Forget about the brand of gun, the worst 1911s I ever owned were Colts, the best I have ever owned was Colts. If the gun fired 500 rounds without a hickup, that guns and those mags are fine. Wet the gun down when you get there. If you have breaks spray it down again, the stuff does not matter. I like WD 40 or Baristol. But even engine starter will blow any excess gunk out of the gun.

I do not worry about brand name mags, i run them all through the gun equal times, they either work 100% or they get tossed and repaired or trashed. I like factory 7 round mags for spares and have a pile, they all work 100% all brands, I carry 8 round mags and my spares are 10 round mags. I buy the cheap 10 round mags, they work or get fixed or get tossed. I prefer stronger magazine springs and if a mag from the factory has an issue I put a stronger one in it.

I would never go to a gun fight, or police duty or military deployment or a paid training without 2 guns. Ideally, take 2 similar guns that take the same ammo and same mags. If you own several guns that use the same mags, by all means run every one of those mags through every one of the guns, several times.

Quit worrying, if the gun works at your house it will work at the class and have fun.
 
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Lots of good advice here. One item to add to "cleaning" -- I was shocked how dirty my extractor channel was on a DW that only have a couple of thousand rounds on it. OP's Specialist is well below that, so not an issue, but for anyone with higher mileage, it is worth watching that Bill Wilson video on cleaning the extractor channel.

Good mags... pistol cleaned and oiled... take a back-up pistol... maybe remember to tighten the set screw on the sights and the grip screws... test shoot the actual ammo you are taking to the course... all good. Enjoy the course.
 

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Thanks everyone :) Really appreciate the comments.

I have about 250 rounds of S&B FMJ left. Probably will pick up some more CCI.
Will give her a good clean and regrease/relube.

Bring my cleaning supplies with me for a clean over night. hopefully. IF the course doesn't kick our ass physically which it will haha.

The Specialist is barrel and frame ramped so I think they've done a good jobin eliminating issues but I willbring my FN just in case; like you all said; anything can fail.

Even in unlikely scenarios.

I kinda have to agree. Are you afraid of your gun embarrassing you in front of everyone on the course?

Shoot the crap out of it, and fix whatever fails. And, for extra points, figure out how to do it yourself...it really ain't that hard.

If I were standing next to you with a bag of tools and parts, I'd gladly try to help you. But I won't be.
I think that's totally what it is.
Malfunction clearing and all that I have no isuse with and confident in doing.
I guess I just don't want to be that 1911 guy lol. The world seems to like to jest about it.

Stop ruminating!
Have confidence!
Move forward!
TRUTH!
Thank you :)
 

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Lots of good advice here. One item to add to "cleaning" -- I was shocked how dirty my extractor channel was on a DW that only have a couple of thousand rounds on it. OP's Specialist is well below that, so not an issue, but for anyone with higher mileage, it is worth watching that Bill Wilson video on cleaning the extractor channel.

Good mags... pistol cleaned and oiled... take a back-up pistol... maybe remember to tighten the set screw on the sights and the grip screws... test shoot the actual ammo you are taking to the course... all good. Enjoy the course.
When I cleaned my extractor last month. Oh my lord. Hahaha.





Thank you all, you've all been super insightful and reassuring :) got way more responses then I expected and am super stoked for the two day course.

Definitely will have cleaning kit and other supplies with me.
 
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