Dan Wesson Valor 1911 initial range report, chronograph

Dan Wesson Valor 1911 initial range report, chronograph

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    Thumbs up Dan Wesson Valor 1911 initial range report, chronograph

    I recently bought a new 2010 Dan Wesson Valor 1911 with the black over stainless finish.
    This is a full size 1911 with a steel frame. The Dan Wesson Valor has tool steel small parts, no MIM.
    The Valor also has Heinie Trijicon night sights; the front sight is green, the rear is yellow. The front dot is larger than the rear and the set makes like the number 8 when aligned.
    It came in a plastic case with two Checkmate 8 round magazines that have extended base plates, and included a plastic bushing wrench.

    Prior to shooting I cleaned the pistol. It's a good thing a bushing wrench is provided, it was necessary to remove the bushing. The guide rod is the standard or short size, not full length.

    Yesterday, for my first shooting session, I used one of the Checkmate magazines and a Tripp 7 round that fits flush with the frame.
    I shot 50 rounds of S&B 230 gr. ball followed by 50 rounds of Gold Dot using each magazine, there were no malfunctions.
    I don't normally shoot for groups, I mainly (exclusively) focus on double taps at 7 yards, but I decided to see what I could do. At 7 yards I put 45 rounds of Gold Dot into a 2'' x 1 3/4'' hole, standing unsupported freehand slow fire (end of accuracy evaluation).

    Today was session two; starting with a clean pistol, again. I used the other supplied Checkmate magazine and my other Tripp 7 rounder.
    I shot 50 rounds of Remington 230 JHP, 30 rounds Winchester "white box" 230 JHP, and 30 rounds of Winchester Ranger T 230.
    There was once again zero malfunctions.
    Ejected cases went positively to the right and it wasn't affected by how firmly I gripped it. Primers were struck solidly in the center.

    I'm used to shooting aluminum frame 1911's, so this steel pistol seemed to recoil little. I did not use my shot timer, but I have no doubt that I would be quicker with this for 2nd shot times than my other options. Last time I used the timer, I averaged .22 sec for 2nd shot follow up (with the requirement of keeping both shots on a 6'' circle at 7 yards) that was with a lightweight Glock 36. I know I would do better with this pistol, I shot double taps and it took much less focus / effort to stay on target.

    210 rounds fired through 4 different magazines. 5 different brands of ammunition, 4 being JHP. No problems.

    I'm impressed.

    1911 fans won't like this, but it is a compliment coming from me, this pistol was as out of the box reliable as a Glock.
    No extended break-in period before it would work and it worked with the suppied magazines; it fed any ammunition I tried, including JHP.

    I don't have a trigger guage, but the pull is light.

    Chrono results, average for 5 shots:
    Remington 230 JHP @ 871 fps / 388# KE
    Winchester "white box" 230 JHP @ 912 fps / 424# KE
    Winchester Ranger T 230 @ 928 fps / 440# KE

    Two different loads produced over 400# KE

    I'll be packing this Valor in a Blade-Tech Ultimate IWB.
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    Excellent choice and nice report :)
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    Congrats and enjoy! Dan Wessons are very good firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bald1 View Post
    Excellent choice and nice report :)
    Thanks!

    I had trouble getting a pic. to upload in my initial post; I'll try again:



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    Very nice!

    On the bushing, try retracting the slide about 1/8" and try turning by hand, the bushing my fit loose enough a little further back from the muzzle end of the barrel.

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    Beautiful handgun!!
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    That is one heck of a nice weapon! I am jealous!
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    very nice...i may be looking for one!!!

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    Sexayyy. Nice acquisition.
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    Beautiful 1911.
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    Nice gun,I never use a bushing wrench,I lock the slide with the thumb safety,and then push in on the Recoil spring cap until I can spin the bushing and remove the Cap and recoil spring,then strip the slide off the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Nice gun,I never use a bushing wrench,I lock the slide with the thumb safety,and then push in on the Recoil spring cap until I can spin the bushing and remove the Cap and recoil spring,then strip the slide off the frame.
    That's how I do most of mine, but my Baer is too tight for even that to work. The only way I can get that thing off by hand is to move the slide back so that the bushing is aft of the mating surface area of the barrel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Very nice!

    On the bushing, try retracting the slide about 1/8" and try turning by hand, the bushing my fit loose enough a little further back from the muzzle end of the barrel.
    Thanks for the idea, I'll try that next time.
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    Nice looking gun. My DW CBOB is a tack driver and has functioned perfectly since the day I bought it.
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    There go that Picture!
    Very Nice Handgun.
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