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Anyone have experience with Dan Wesson ECO? I am considering one of these and would like the hear from anyone who owns one. They are touted to be more reliable than a 3" barrel, thus 3.5" barrel. Officer's frame on a Commander slide. The recoil system is stated to last 15,000 rds. And it's a Wesson which, I understand has a pretty good reputation. Thanks....
 

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Very nice guns, well made, nice fit and finish. Dan Wesson guns are very good quality. I don't have one but I have friends who do. It is a true "Officers ACP" size gun with a 3.5" barrel same as the original Colt Officers ACP (Commanders have a 4.25" barrel, a Commander slide on an Officers frame is a CCO), and it is light weight thanks to the aluminum frame. I imagine they're using something like Wilson's flat wire recoil spring set up, to get that kind of life out of it, often the normal round wire recoil springs are only good for a couple of thousand rounds in the shorter guns. I haven't heard any complaints about them and the reliability issues of short 1911s are pretty much a thing of the past, I've never had any trouble with mine.
 
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I owned an ECO for about a year and it was first class quality with beautiful fit and finish. The only thing I didn't like about the gun was the disassembly method where you had to use a paperclip to capture the recoil spring. It was a bit lacking and I never warmed up to it so I sold the gun after I bought a DW, Valor. Dan Wesson makes some of the finest handguns for the price range and I'd have kept the ECO had it not been for that one factor. Everything else about the gun was perfect.
 

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I understand the paper clip Kimber type has been replaced by a tube that holds the recoil spring back for disassembly



Presenting the ECO, a true single stack officer size 1911 weighing in at only 25 oz. For years the officer 1911 has been criticized for reliability. We have taken care of that by using some of the latest technology as well as our background in doing what others say can’t be done. This gun has all the latest and greatest we have to offer.

The ECO wears tritium night sights with our tactical ledge sight on the rear of our lightweight 3.5” slide. The barrel is a flush-cut ramped bull barrel with target crown rather than the traditional barrel and barrel bushing. This makes the gun slightly more compact and easier to disassemble. The recoil system is quite unique for this style of 1911 as we use a solid, one piece guide rod and a flat recoil spring that is rated for 15,000 rounds in .45 ACP. That is 15,000 rounds! Not 500 rounds like most 1911 dual recoil systems are rated for. This is unheard of in a production 1911! This recoil system also gives the benefit of a smooth slide for easier operation and less felt recoil.

Trigger pull, like all of our 1911s, is short and crisp at around 4 lbs. This helps achieve the accuracy you’ve come to expect from a Dan Wesson. The frame is anodized aluminum and features an undercut trigger guard and 25 LPI checkering. The mainspring housing is also aluminum with 25 LPI checkering and a rounded bottom corner for concealability and shooting comfort. These features coupled with the Ed Brown high ride grip safety and our new slim line DW carry G10 grips really help you hold onto the gun for faster follow-up shots and recoil control. Just like our Guardian, the ECO slide and small parts are treated with our Duty finish and available in both 9mm and .45 ACP. Stopping power is not a concern.
 

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It is my daily carry (except for dog walking which belongs to my ruger LCR). I will never sell it and it's operation is smooth as glass. Are there easier weapons to take down? Yes, but it is no different than most bull barrel 1911s. I would love to expand and get the guardian which is a commander's size, aluminum framed weapon just for grins and giggles. You wont regret it and I think it is one of the premier carry weapons of our time. (Yep, a little bias). I am a fan of the 1911 operation so I am not taking anything away from those who prefer plastic for their carry needs. I have a steel full size for home use.
 
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There's STILL a reason why few high-end, custom, 1911 gunsmiths build rock-solid, MUST-RUN, no-nonsense variants with any slide shorter than 4". I've had the shorter ones (Springfield Custom Shop Loaded Mirco Compact, Colt Defender, etc.) with no real issues, but I've since decided that I'll EDC no 1911 shorter than 4". I, frankly, see no advantage in conceal-ability while noticing disadvantages in split-time hits. Yet that's just a subjective, personal preference. :biggrin2:

BTY - Dan Wesson (CZ) builds a FINE handgun!
 

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At first, the paperclip takedown seemed kind of odd. Now that I've cleaned the gun a number of times, I don't even give it a second thought. The ECO is crisp and tight. A sweet gun.
 

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I believe all the bugs are ironed out....DW does it right.
 
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