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Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Short story is I'm a very new shooter but want to get much more into the sport. I own a G19 Gen 4 which I've probably shot less than 700 rounds through it in over 7 years. I just bought a Sig P226 Legion RX (DA/SA) b/c I thought I wanted an all metal gun with a longer barrel and better trigger and an optic for my 58-year-old eyes. I like the Sig and like the SA pull but can do without the DA pull (I didn't want the DA/SA, I wanted the SAO version of the gun but I couldn't reach the slide lock so I went with the DA/SA). I've shot about 200 rounds through the Sig.

After doing a lot of poking around, I’ve decided I should have probably gotten a 9mm 1911. I live in NJ so max mag capacity is 10 rounds and we can’t conceal or open carry. The gun will be used for range, HD and maybe some tactical-type classes.

I’ve narrowed my potential gun list to include the Specialist 9mm. I like the fact that it holds 10 rounds, has a rail, is good looking to my eye and is a DW. My concerns are it has a longer barrel than the Sig and is almost 25% heavier than the Sig. Any reasons why I shouldn’t consider getting this gun (I won’t be able to shoot or handle it first b/c no place around me has the gun).

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I shoot a 9mm Valor in IDPA. It's a 5" and the recoil is very mild. The specialist would probably be similar. All of the DW's are great guns. No problems!

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I can’t say enough good things about DW guns, I have a PM9, a 9mm specialist, and a 9mm TCP, in all aspects they compare extremely well to my les Baer and my Wilson combat, for much less $. I would not hesitate to get a DW specialist
 

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I'm also in NJ and bought myself a Specialist Commander in .45 and love it. For a bit of diversity you may wish to expand your caliber portfolio to include the .45. However if not, no harm and no foul... DW is a GREAT choice.
 

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I had a Specialist in 45 then had a Vigil in 9mm. Dan Wessons are wonderful guns. Aesthetically pleasing and wonderful to shoot. I vote yes.
 

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I've got the Guardian in 9mm and it is fantastic. I've been wanting the specialist for a long time. Just can't find one for a reasonable price and have trouble deciding between 9mm and .45. I think if I got a specialist is go 45. I just like my full size 1911's in .45. Commanders and smaller can be 9mm!

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Unless you actually use a pistol light, I'd skip a rail 1911. Much easier to find holsters for them.
 

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My two cents: Decide which is more important to you, having a 1911, or a 9mm.

If you really want a 9mm, get a CZ 75. It's not the widest used 9mm on the planet by accident. (I also like CZ's P-01. Possibly the best 9mm being manufactured today.)

If you really want a 1911, get a Dan Wesson in .45.
 

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If you cannot carry, what difference will a few Oz of extra weight make to you? Either Full Size, Commander, or lightweight version of both will work. Hold them and see what feels better in your hands.

I owned a 9mm 5” Specialist and sold it thinking I want to switch to a 4.25” commander version of it. Shooting that gun was like shooting a .22

I disagree with the 9mm = CZ statement above. Nothing wrong with a 9mm 1911 and a Specialist will be more inherently accurate than a standard 75B or SP-01. Now, if you step up to Target Sport or other accurized CZs those will be competitive!
 

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gun_fan111, I completely agree with you that a Specialist will be more accurate than a CZ 75 or P-01; however, you have to spend $1K more for it than a CZ. The OP stated that he's new to shooting.

I know a lot of people who absolutely swear by their 9mm 1911. However, of just the people that I know, 2 to (maybe) 4 times more have had problems with their 9mm 1911's magazines (and magazine locks) than .45 1911's, regardless of manufacturer. Magazines have always been the Achilles Heel of the 1911. To date, there seems to be a 'bigger heel' on the 9mm variety.

I just believe that 'for someone new to shooting', a very reliable gun with limited issues is very important to the experience. (Maybe I do need to come up with a more concise, more better way to say all of this. Sorry.) :)

Again, if I offended anyone with my lack of praise for the 9mm 1911, I humbly apologize. I meant no harm.

Oh, and Steven1127, attachments and accessorizing will come down the road. Most of us have lived without a rail most of our lives. In my opinion, you can try new things later. What's important now is a good gun, preferably with night sights. Learn everything you can about it, and practice, practice, practice.
 

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You definitely have a valid point guns90. I standardized on Tripp and DW magazines for all my 9mm needs (in 1911) and have only had an issue with 1-2 Tripp mags that needed a quick adjustment to lock the slide back reliably on the empty mag.

If anybody was offended by your post, it is their problem. You voiced your opinion. It is valid cause it’s yours
 

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9mm mags have come a long way - so have 9mm 1911's and ramped barrels. For a range toy, which is essentially what this is, there's not a damn thing wrong with a cheaper 9mm.

I doubt I'll own another .45 1911 after having 2 that run no matter what mags I put in them. The shooting experience is so much nicer, easier on my elbows, duty 9mm ammo is more or less on par with duty .45 ammo, and 9mm ammo means I get a lot more booms for my buck. I'm a shooter, not a collector :)
 

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Like I said, I know a lot of people that swear by them. In all honesty, I'm just not a fan of the 9mm cartridge. I have a Sig P938 because I'm almost dwarf-size and needed a something smaller carry, in suits, etc. I also figured (if the balloon went up) I ought to have at least one pistol of the most popular ammo on the planet. I just don't have faith in it. The OP also said that he would use it for HD. I strongly believe that when it comes to home defense, the bigger the better. I use .45 and .357 Mag (as of recently).
 

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Personally, I wouldn't buy another 1911 chambered in 9mm. I prefer my 1911's in .45 acp or .38 Super. I have a Black Commander Specialist in .45 and absolutely love it!
 

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Like I said, I know a lot of people that swear by them. In all honesty, I'm just not a fan of the 9mm cartridge. I have a Sig P938 because I'm almost dwarf-size and needed a something smaller carry, in suits, etc. I also figured (if the balloon went up) I ought to have at least one pistol of the most popular ammo on the planet. I just don't have faith in it. The OP also said that he would use it for HD. I strongly believe that when it comes to home defense, the bigger the better. I use .45 and .357 Mag (as of recently).
That's fine if that's your opinion, but ballistic evidence and autopsies over the last 10 years or so don't correlate with your opinion.

Typically the only time .45acp does better than 9mm in premium cartridges is through intermediate barriers like windshields.
 
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