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A couple questions about Dan Wessons

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by cyclesarge, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. cyclesarge

    cyclesarge Eugene OR, DUH! We're ALL in the NORTHWEST Well-Known Member

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    I was looking a a local gun store and they had a pretty nice (looking, anyway) Dan Wesson Patriot(?) for $650. Not being familiar with Dan Wessons I decided to do a little research. What's the deal with the CZ and Pre-CZ models? Who made them before CZ? Are there major differences? Is one better than the other? Anything I should look for or avoid in one of these used?
    Thanks for the help.
  2. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Go to the 1911 forum and post on the Dan Wesson forum.


    You should be able to get an answer there. All I can tell you from my experience is that I have a CZ DW that is the best pistol I have ever owned.
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    CZ bought out Dan Wesson, but its still the same shop making the guns. Before that, it was just its own company. There isn't too much difference between the guns made before CZ took over, or after, although I have heard of some poor quality runs in the past, it more or less depends on who was in charge of the company at the time. And as far as I've seen, the guns made since CZ took over, have been flawless. (but the price keeps going skyward)
  4. dan10mmman

    dan10mmman puget sound Member

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    I've never held a Dan Wesson that I didn't like. I carry the CBOB in 10mm. The most comfortable 1911 that I ever held. As I understand since CZ joined up with DW the tolerance is like two thousands. Mine is more accurate than I am. The first magazine fired at ten yards gave me a one jagged hole group, damn. It has the quality of guns twice as expensive. Ed Brown parts.........what more can I say?
  5. reloadem

    reloadem Monroe, OR Member

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    Great guns, I carry a Heritage daily, both my Kimbers have been very lonely since I got the DW.
  6. haythrower

    haythrower SW WA Member

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    Just got a DW VBOB. I love it! Their workmanship was very good, and the gun shoots like a dream.
  7. asiparks

    asiparks PDX Active Member

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    cbob has been my daily carry for 2 1/2 years, I love the thing...

    I believe ( grain of salt ) that the "Patriot" guns are what DW used to call "Patriot proofed" and they have a 1 1/2" at 50 ft guarantee
  8. davidgpo

    davidgpo Seattle Member

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    My model 15 .357 revolver is one of the most accurate handguns I own. It's very sturdy.
    I have a CBOB, a Patriot and a Razorback. They are all reliable and accurate. The older 1911's may have some MIM parts and cast frames but are still very tight and accurate, way above the average production pistol. The 2010 model 1911's have forged frames and tools steel ignition parts. DW is moving up a notch in the market to give the high end competitors some competition.