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Well if you discount things like checkering and carry cuts, aren't all their 1911's the same? ;)

The Valkyrie also has the recessed crown that I don't believe the Guardian has. The sights are also different (although I prefer the Guardian's 3-dot sight to the straight 8 sights on the Valkyrie, but those can be pretty easily replaced).

The Valkyrie retails for nearly $500 more than the Guardian. Those little improvements do add up. That said, the Guardian is still a fine gun and I'll probably have one someday.

Regardless, DW will take custom orders, so I could probably get a Guardian built like a Valkyrie, or a Valkyrie with a bobtail. I would just expect the cost would be considerably higher for a custom build versus a stock build.
Agreed. But is the difference enough to promote the sales of a Valkyrie bobtail at a higher price point? Not in my opinion. Still, I like your thinking.
 

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I would really like to see more polished blue Dan Wessons. A great start would be the Commander Valor in bright blue. If one was available, I'd already have purchased it!

No ambi safeties and no bull barrels. One of the things that drew me to Dan Wesson is I don't have to pay money to remove an ambi safety and the fact that Dan Wesson uses the correct 4 1/4 inch barrel and standard rod and recoil spring.
 

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Well if you discount things like checkering and carry cuts, aren't all their 1911's the same? ;)

The Valkyrie also has the recessed crown that I don't believe the Guardian has. The sights are also different (although I prefer the Guardian's 3-dot sight to the straight 8 sights on the Valkyrie, but those can be pretty easily replaced).

The Valkyrie retails for nearly $500 more than the Guardian. Those little improvements do add up. That said, the Guardian is still a fine gun and I'll probably have one someday.

Regardless, DW will take custom orders, so I could probably get a Guardian built like a Valkyrie, or a Valkyrie with a bobtail. I would just expect the cost would be considerably higher for a custom build versus a stock build.
I think about all the DW’s have that now. My 2016 9mm VBOB and Valkyrie Commander had it, and my 2017 .45 Guardian has it. My DW’s prior to 2016 did not come with that done.
 

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I think about all the DW’s have that now. My 2016 9mm VBOB and Valkyrie Commander had it, and my 2017 .45 Guardian has it. My DW’s prior to 2016 did not come with that done.
That's good to know.
 

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No ambi safeties and no bull barrels. One of the things that drew me to Dan Wesson is I don't have to pay money to remove an ambi safety...
But it's ok for me to have to pay to add one???? :) Just pulling your chain brother. I totally understand what you're saying. Obviously, I'm left-handed, so I appreciate it when I'm able to buy a pistol that already has an ambi safety installed. But having to add one is just the cost of doing business for us left-handed folks.

That does bring forth a question though. Just in general, not directed specifically at you. What's the big deal about having an ambi safety on a pistol if you don't need it. I mean, I still have a right-hand safety on all my pistols even though I very seldom use it (except when practicing weak-hand shooting). That safety is always on the pistol. So what? It's not like it's in the way. So why does it seem to be such a big deal for right-handed folks to have an ambi safety on the pistol? It's no more in the way than the standard right-hand safety is for me.

Just wondering. Not pointing fingers. I understand that everyone has their own personal wants and needs. I guess I'm just feeling persecuted this morning!! :eek: :)

....and the fact that Dan Wesson uses the correct 4 1/4 inch barrel and standard rod and recoil spring.
Now THAT I'm on board with. I have pistols with bull barrels and pistols with the standard bushing. I personally prefer the simplicity of the standard bushing and guide rod. A Commander-size barrel and slide with a bushing is just the ticket for this cranky old coot!!
 

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As far as Ambi's go, being a right handed shooter myself and most of the right handed shooters I know, the right side paddle of an ambi bites into my knuckle, making it uncomfortable.
 

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As far as Ambi's go, being a right handed shooter myself and most of the right handed shooters I know, the right side paddle of an ambi bites into my knuckle, making it uncomfortable.
That's interesting. I wonder why I don't have the same problem with the left-side (right-handed) safety on my pistols. Must be a difference in grip or something. I've never even noticed the safety being there when I shoot.

We're all different I guess!
 

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My opposition to ambi safeties is less one of physical comfort and more of psychological comfort. I've carried 1911's with ambi safeties IWB, and on more than one occasion found I was carrying cocked and unlocked because the outboard safety lever had been swiped off just from being bumped by an arm, bag of groceries, seat belt, etc. Now of course I know a 1911 still isn't going to fire by itself just because the safety got bumped off, but it was jarring to me nonetheless.

And the fact is I simply don't need it. I've practiced activating/deactivating a standard right-hand safety while shooting with my left hand and it's not hard to do. So even if I'm forced to shoot left handed, I'm pretty comfortable with that.
 

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That's interesting. I wonder why I don't have the same problem with the left-side (right-handed) safety on my pistols. Must be a difference in grip or something. I've never even noticed the safety being there when I shoot.

We're all different I guess!
The ambi safeties hit me in the knuckle too. And it's harder to find grips for them since you have to make sure you get the ambi cut. Ok it's not HARD to find ambi grips, just hardER.
 

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I would like to see more A2's, specifically in 9mm and perhaps even revive the CZ 1911A1. Really making blue Valors in 9mm checked the biggest want I had, so everything else is just icing on the cake.
 

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The ambi safeties hit me in the knuckle too. And it's harder to find grips for them since you have to make sure you get the ambi cut. Ok it's not HARD to find ambi grips, just hardER.
Thanks for the input. I've never felt a safety hit any of my knuckles. Like I said, everyone is different.

As for the grips, there are many ambi safeties that don't require the "ambi cut" on a grip. Wilson "Bulletproof" is one example. There are others. and even if you do need the "ambi cut", it's easy enough to do with a dremel tool. Been there, done that. No worries.

And someone else mentioned the safety getting "knocked off" accidentally. Are you talking about carrying the pistol on the right side of the body, so that the ambi lever is outboard? If that's the case, then you're really in no different situation than carrying the pistol on the left side, regardless of whether an ambi safety is installed or not. The standard safety is outboard in that case. I've never had a safety get accidentally disengaged in all my years of carrying a 1911 on my left side, ambi safety or not. Never been a problem.

Oh well, enough of this I guess. Thanks for all the input. But I'll continue to need an ambi safety on my pistols, whether or not I have to install it myself. YMMV, as usual.
 

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And someone else mentioned the safety getting "knocked off" accidentally. Are you talking about carrying the pistol on the right side of the body, so that the ambi lever is outboard? If that's the case, then you're really in no different situation than carrying the pistol on the left side, regardless of whether an ambi safety is installed or not. The standard safety is outboard in that case. I've never had a safety get accidentally disengaged in all my years of carrying a 1911 on my left side, ambi safety or not. Never been a problem.
Yes, as a right hander I carry my pistol on my right side. So an ambi safety leaves me with an outboard safety lever. That particular pistol did not have an overly stiff safety; not that it offered no resistance, but being an extended safety the longer lever increased leverage and made it easier to actuate. So on a few occasions I found it swiped off while carrying. Since I neither need nor use the ambi, it's only a liability to me at that point, not to mention another snag point on the pistol. My point was I simply have no use for it, and so prefer not to have one on my pistols.

Obviously if I were left handed and carried on the left side, I'd either have to deal with it or get a left-handed single side safety installed.
 

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The ambi safety on the Specialist does not require an ambi cut on the grips. I have an EGW tool steel ambi safety on another pistol and it is the bomb. It also does not require an ambi cut and is a super solid safety. I shoot weak hand and this safety does not hit my thumb.
Keith, is the ambi safety on the Specialist held together like the EGW?
Thanks,
Jeff
 
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