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.
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.