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I picked up my first Dan Wesson last week, a heritage! The fit and finish is quite impressive and the overall quality feels better than my S&W E-series and Kimber Pro carry II.

Before taking her out to the range I only cycled the slide about 50 times and then field stripped, cleaned, and reapplied the factory oil included with the gun.

Heres what I ran through it:

100 rounds Geco 230gr FMJ
50 rounds Federal american eagle 230gr FMJ
30 rounds WWB 230gr FMJ
16 rounds Remington 185gr JHP

Using factory mags, Wilson ETM's and Wilson 47CB

I ended up having 3 FTRB's. I believe all 3 were with different mags and ammo brands. Other than this, the gun was a joy to shoot. The sights seemed dead on and the trigger is real smooth with a clean break. I would say nicer than my smith and kimber. I'm hoping I wont see any more FTRB's after another 2-300 rounds, and look forward to putting many more rounds through her!

Oh, I do have one small complaint tho. The bottom rear part of the thumb safety digs in to my thumb while shooting and became kinda painful.. I noticed in a youtube review that someone else had this problem. I may just put a bandaid over my thumb from now on..
 

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Congratulations on a nice 1911. I bought mine last year and have been happy with it. It shoots a little high for me and I'll need to get a .205 height front sight for it. Mine has been reliable, except for regularly getting FTRBs with factory Blazer brass loads, no problems with other brands. Nowadays I only shoot my hand loads through it: Missouri bullets 200g LSWC, 4.5g WST, and lightly used brass. Very accurate load and no malfunctions.
 

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Much love for DW 1911's. That said, for me, it's Achilles is the thumb safety. A pistol should not be painful to shoot.

My solution is a WC Bulletproof. (As a Southpaw, mine is the ambi)
It's perfect.
 

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Curious, Hvrnaut, I've seen a few references to that thumb safety, what was your issue with the original exactly. Was it the shape of the lever, or a sharp edge somewhere?

As for the aforementioned Heritage, enjoy it D, it's a nice piece.

I have one as well as a Valor (both SS) and will likely never part with either.
 

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Maybe when Keith gets back on here and reads about all the complaints on the thumb safety they'll fix that problem. Mine is the same way it digs in. Just needs a little more blending.
 

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Curious, Hvrnaut, I've seen a few references to that thumb safety, what was your issue with the original exactly. Was it the shape of the lever, or a sharp edge somewhere?

As for the aforementioned Heritage, enjoy it D, it's a nice piece.

I have one as well as a Valor (both SS) and will likely never part with either.
I have seen quite a bit about the "sharp edge" of the standard DW thumb safety. I never really had a chance to give it a fair shake, as I replaced it right away in both my Guardian and Eco. Reason? I'm a Southpaw, and went for a quality part with smooth lines and excellent support.

When I (someday) get my DW Specialist, I'm going to leave the stock control installed, and give it a whirl. If there is any discomfort with it, I'd likely have it blended a bit.

Ordered an EB SFII with the thinner, tactical ambi safety. As much as I really like the WC BP part, I wanted to keep it "all EB".
 
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