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Very few in fact. Just avoid brake cleaner and cleaners with toluene - that’s it.

I just stained one with sweat, or Pepsi. Maybe pasta sauce. This week. It's never seen anything harsh.

I've never ever used a solvent on a pistol. So I can see what people are complaining about. But it's sad that they care. The best 1911's should have wear and weathering.

But even when they're all dried out looking, they'll still be 100 times better looking than blued carbon steel with rust and pits all over.
 

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I think this thread has run its course. I really didn’t post this to start Dan Wesson bashing as I am a true Dan Wesson or bust fan. I’ve owned a CCO. I own a custom Specialist. I own a Vigil CCO. They are my best 1911’s. After buying Dan Wesson’, I never felt the need to buy anything more expensive.

As you can see by my purchases, they are pretty conservatively styled….I guess I was surprised the CCO and ECO models were gone. My shock drove m3 to post this.

Now it has kind of become Dan Wesson bashing….totally not intended.
 

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I'm shocked there are no 9mm CCO's or ECO as well....they sell in split seconds when found on the secondary market.

I can see not having them in .45 but as hot as people are for 38 super Guardians it seems like a no brainer to offer at least a CCO or ECO in 9mm/38 Super.
 

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I don't pay much attention to DW, but I can see they don't offer any expensive high polish stainless or blue finishes. Not even 🐂 offers this finish anymore.
I once considered DW because they offered short slide 1911 .45 with estimated recoil spring life of 15000 rounds. I am sick and tired of changing them at <1000 round mark.🤬
 

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I think this thread has run its course. I really didn’t post this to start Dan Wesson bashing as I am a true Dan Wesson or bust fan. I’ve owned a CCO. I own a custom Specialist. I own a Vigil CCO. They are my best 1911’s. After buying Dan Wesson’, I never felt the need to buy anything more expensive.

As you can see by my purchases, they are pretty conservatively styled….I guess I was surprised the CCO and ECO models were gone. My shock drove m3 to post this.

Now it has kind of become Dan Wesson bashing….totally not intended.
Sorry if you found my post(s) in any way offensive. I guess I'm just a cheapo for liking my Springfield junk. 🤣
 

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If you read any major forum and someone asks “what’s the best production 1911”, you are guaranteed to see lots of people replying with DW.

DW more than likely figured out that they could charge more and still sell as much as they wanted.

Inflation is probably part of it too.
 

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If you read any major forum and someone asks “what’s the best production 1911”, you are guaranteed to see lots of people replying with DW.
I know I still do. The equation has changed a little of late but DW is, in my opinion, still in the sweet spot. What I think has changed is the gap between DW and what I’d consider to be the next tier up.

Having said the above, my CCO is still my go to EDC. Don’t think that’ll change anytime soon.
 

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DW more than likely figured out that they could charge more and still sell as much as they wanted.
No offense to keith and the marketing team at DW, but when you produce such low numbers of guns, they will sell, even at increased prices. DW could double production and not make a dent in demand. I believe the current line up is a cost cut for them... regardless of how it's spun. Nearly half the product line are bobtailed commanders (5 of 12) and 1/4 of the line is Pointman. A gun with a different finish or in another caliber is a different SKU but not really a "different Model."

I assume they are at production capacity, which is perfect for them.... buying and building capacity can be incredibly costly. Reducing #'s parts bins on the line saves money time and training of the people they have building guns.

I'm a customer and a fan, not a hater.... I'm just disappointed in the "new" consolidated line up...which [sadly] has me looking elsewhere for the next gun.
 

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They have great quality, but I’m not digging the lineup. Is that just me?

I really must be too conservative and turned off by SS.
As a traditionalist, and only interested In CCW 1911s, I was shocked when the 1911 Vigil line was dropped, this year. The were reasonably priced ($1300) and the one I bought, in 2019, was the .45acp Vigil CCO. Commander slide, lightweight aluminum Officers size frame. I guess sales were not high enough for it.
 

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I’m with Keith DW!! Business is business.
Four DW’s in my camp. ECO, PM-C, PM-9 & PM-45. These ARE completion pistols. ECO. I carry and IDPA BUG, PM-C IDPA, PM-9 USPSA single stack & PM-45 USPSA single stack. All are bone stock except for grips and mag wells. They are like the bunny, they just keep going. Took all brand new out of the box and shot the **** out of them. No break in period, not one FTF or FTE. I didn’t even clean them. Does not matter what I feed them, they eat it all. You can spend 4G’s on one 1911 high end custom, I have four custom 1911’s for 5G’s.
 

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The prices are not bad for what one gets in return. There is option to buy: Springfield Armory, Ruger, Remington R1, S&W,... if DW prices are too high for you. One must do what they have to do based on disposable income.
 

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I can see both sides in this. I'm a big DW fan & also a HUGE 38 Super guy. From what I read on other forums & talking around to others, there is still a sizable market for 1911 38 Supers. DW only offers it in the Guardian (which I have & my favorite 38 Super) but not being able to get a different DW in 38 Super I had to buy a Colt Competition. It's a good gun & I have no complaints but I would have preferred a 5" 38 Super from DW. IMO, they are not taking advantage of producing other models of 38 Super.
Some of their only 45 ACP models could benefit with being offered in 9mm as well. I'm surmising that a 1911 in 9mm is a tremendous seller these days & I'd like mine to be a DW if possible. Albeit in a different model than what is now available.
 

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I have two problems with Dan Wesson 1911s;

1. There are no stocking dealers within 200 miles of me.

2. I have a Guardian in 38 Super and a Valkyrie in 9mm and I need one in 45.

Whenever I locate a 45 on the web, I'm too late. I drive 200 plus miles and check a few dealers they are out of stock.

Anyone know if Keith DW will accept bribes? :)
 

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Grab a 9mm and throw a Super barrel in it. DW sells them and I've already converted my 9mm Valor Commander; runs great.
I too have gotten a 38 super barrel for my 9mm Valkyrie CCO, just dropped right in.
 

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Gas prices aren't the only thing that's gone up. I was wondering how long it would be before firearms would start seeing the same %10 plus cost increase as everything else.
You want a crazy price increase? I collect combat knives, and the Boker Applegate-Fairbairn black finish model jumped from $225 to $350 in less than a year. I have no idea why.
 
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