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Like it says, this is my first >$600 1911. My first one was a used SA Mil-Spec with upgraded parts. My 2nd one was an RIA Tactical, that I still own, and I picked this up yesterday after ordering it last week. When I originally started shopping, I was after an SA Loaded Operator or a Sig Tac Ops. Then. I progressed to an S&W TA E-series, but to my dismay, they quit production of them. So. After some forum perusing on other forums and research, I came across Dan Wesson. Particulars were I wanted a rail, and no stainless steel. And no Kimbers. Lol. Otherwise, I wasn’t TOO picky. After just handling it yesterday at my FFL for the transfer, so far, I am beyond satisfied with it. Haven’t got to shoot it yet, but if it shoots as good as it looks and feels, I’ll have no qualms with it whatsoever. Onto the pics!















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Good luck with your new DW. As far as I know your new Specialist is SS - and a real nice looker. I’m sure that you’ll be impressed by its fit, finish and accuracy. Here’s a couple of hints:
1. Follow the break in routine carefully!
2. The Duty Treat finish is hard, durable and very scratch resistant - BUT READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING STICKY AS SOME CHEMICALS AND CLEANERS CAN MAR IT.
Now all you have to do is get to the range and shoot the heck out of it!! Have fun.
 

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welcome to the forum! mdl has good advice. dan wesson is an excellent value, and they look good and shoot well. good job!
 

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Congratulations on the DW Specialist. DW makes much better, higher quality 1911 pistols than Colt, S&W, RIA, SA, or any sub $1,500 1911 pistol maker. I special ordered a stainless steel, Specialist Commander 10mm, (before they started offering Specialist Commanders on their lineup) and the trigger pull, frame to slide fit/glassy smooth travel, super accuracy all rivaled that of my more expensive Night Hawk Custom. You'll be glad you got the DW. You'll want to trade off that RIA to upgrade to another DW.
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inv, grips?
Polished, Gaboon ebony grips from ........ woodcaliber link ......... If you go through their sub-section for Custom Build Grips under their 1911 Grips section, and go through the build process, you will see the different types of wood that they offer as well as "checkered," "smooth," and type of finish and type of grip panel like magwell, Governemnt coverage, ambi grip, etc. I selected Magwell, smooth, Polished Gaboon Ebony. They were only $100 for a fantastic pair of polished grips. Of course, regular wood grips are a lot cheaper.
 

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yes to wood caliber! i have a set of their ebony with checkering. one set of yours looked like horn. good stuff, good company!
 

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OP, welcome aboard. The Specialist is a very nice pistol and great value for the cost. About grips, they really contribute to the enjoyment of owning a 1911. For a relatively modest amount, if you grow tired on the grips that came with the pistol, you choose grips made of G-10, various woods, one of a number of exotic materials, etc.

The VZ "Operator II" grips on the stock Specialist are great, though, with a design that makes it easy to slide the hand up but hard for it slip off downward. As I learned from a post from Keith DW, the grip bushings on the Specialist are universal and will take "standard" thickness 1911 grips -- like the VZ grips on yours -- or slim 1911 grips (although slim grips will make the Specialist's magwell stick out compared to the grip panel).
 

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I just recommended a Specialist in 10mm in another post. Dan Wesson's are excellent for the money, and one of my favorite to shoot.
 

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You are going to like that :love:
 

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I don't consider DW "high end", but that's a great pistol. I have two: .45 and 9mm. The 9mm has been my IDPA gun for three seasons now.
 
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