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Old October 15th, 2016, 02:53 PM   #16
 
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They stack up very nicely actually against more expensive 1911's. I have two of them one full size and one CMDR.



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Old October 16th, 2016, 08:08 AM   #17
 
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If I still had my Dan Wesson CBOB,

I coudn't tell any difference in

quality,

One cost me $770,


and the other $1,200.

Both have ran fine with any ammo I could stuff into them.

Although, a Ruger CMD .45 would be more comparable to a .45 CBOB.
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Okay, this is strictly my take on these two models, so count that as what it's worth.

A Dan Wesson will be light years ahead of any Ruger 1911, in quality, accuracy and price. It's a great gun, but you pay for it. You will regret the purchase the day you hand over the cash and never again.

But, the Ruger SR 1911s are incredibly good value. They have all the bells and whistles, are well made and accurate and downright cheap for what you get. You may find yourself changing some things, getting a trigger job for example, but you'll be able to buy, and modify, two of them for the price of the Valor.

The only other thing that may determine your choice (it doesn't matter to me) is the cool factor. When you open your bag at the range and the shooter next to you says "Cool! That's a Dan Wesson!" you'll feel better than when he says "Oh, you got a Ruger." For me, guns are tools, not status pieces. Other people think differently.

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I still have my CBOB. Will never part with that unless someone throws loads of money at me then I would buy an Ed Brown.



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If I still had my Dan Wesson CBOB,

I coudn't tell any difference in

quality,

One cost me $770,


and the other $1,200.

Both have ran fine with any ammo I could stuff into them.

Although, a Ruger CMD .45 would be more comparable to a .45 CBOB.
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I have the Ruger Commander version, picked up used for $525 and it may have had one mag full of ammo through it. Stock Ruger mag still had label on the side, was in "like new" condition. I bought 2 Chip McCormick and 2 Wilson 8 round mags and went shooting with it. Is almost flawless after 300 rounds so far. By "almost flawless" I mean that I have had 4 FTF with semi-wadcutter only. These were target loads and not loaded very hot so I believe it was more the load / spring rate issue than a Ruger issue. Everything else it eats fine so far...

Trigger is decent (not quite as good as my Kimber Pro Carry but still good), build is solid, sights are nice and I really like the gun. Considering buyig the Night Watchman Commander version soon as well since I like this one so much.

Now, playing devils advocate for a minute... I have been looking at the Ruger 5" SR1911 for a little while but I can buy a Kimber Stainless II for just a few dollars more so I am most likely going Kimber when I get the 5". Nothing against the Ruger, but the Kimber looks nicer, fells a little better in the trigger department, and will have better resale value if needed in the future.

As for Dan Wesson, I have considerd one for a while and just can't bring myself to pay that kind of coin.... but it most likely would be worth it... :-)
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I bought a SR1911 last year, full sized. It's my one and only 1911, so I can't compare it with any other 1911. I was a revolver guy all years past.

I didn't have anyone to show me the proper grip technique, so I was limp wristing for the first few months. I was getting a few fail to return to battery as a result.

Over the past year, I've improved on grip, lubrication and reload specs. I haven't had any hiccups for some time now, and my groupings are becoming much better.

While at the range last week, a much more experienced shooter tried out my SR1911. At 25 yards, he was placing shots in a half-dollar radius.

I see what can be done with the SR1911, and I also see I need much more practice!
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With Ruger there is more variability in the quality. It is better if you can look before you buy. On the other hand Ruger is well known to fix any problems but that means sending the gun back and being without it. I have a couple of the full size SR1911s and a few of the CMD models. Need picture.



My Rugers have been great and the oldest full size dates to 2012 and the oldest CMD to Jan 2013. I have never had to send a Ruger back of any type but I have always looked at them before buying them.

With Dan Wesson you are pretty much getting what you pay for. The few I have are nice but it is hard to do apples to apples with Ruger since they are 10mm, like my 10mm Commander size Classic. I bought this fellow used in 2011 for $1K. It was virtually unshot with box etc.

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I have both the Govt. and CMD SR1911 and both have been perfect right out of the box and what I paid for both is less than the price of a new DW. If you are really fussy you'll see that the internals have machining marks that you won't see on the higher priced 1911s. This doesn't effect the operation and you can't see them but like I said some people are really fussy. I don't have a Dan Wesson, but I do have a S&W 1911 that is much prettier inside than my Rugers but, It doesn't make it shoot any better. That being said If I could talk SWMBO into coughing up the funds for a DW I'd have one in a blink.
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The DW Valor IMO does justify the cost. It is a 70 series (my first preference) with a match barrel and a few high end parts. It has to be a nice 1911 along with an obviously great trigger (one can only assume). Parts for part the DW Valor will exceed the Ruger and it is a great looking pistol. It is on my list of must have 1911's.

Tough choice here. Either way, the price justifies the pistol.

I know I didn't help. LOL...

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Tough choice here. Either way, the price justifies the pistol.
Best comment.

I have both. The Rugers are good, they are not DWs. But if you are new to 1911s, the price for the extra accuracy, refinement, build quality and finish on the DW might be lost on you.

My Ruger 1911 Talo went immediately back to Ruger for a roachly finish on the slide, which was not noticed because I purchased it online sight unseen. Ruger returned it in less than a week with a new slide. Other than that my Ruger 1911s have been great for the 1000 rounds I have put thru each. Both guns shoot groups under 3" at 25 yards offhand.
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Really pleased with my SR's; 2 Gov't models and a Commander.
As fine a 1911 as one can find under 700 bucks and a solid reliable EDC sidearm.
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I too think the SR1911 is the best that can be had at it's price point - and IMO is every bit as good as some that cost a whole lot more. Mine's a keeper!
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I don't have much experience with other brands, but when I take my SR1911 to the range and shoot IPSC with it, people tell me they wonder why they spent more $ on their 1911's.
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My SR1911 CMD too has been flawless, until I tried a 20lb recoil spring. I found that 20lb recoil spring was great with hotter ammo (AE & Winchester Ranger T's) but when I shot Remington UMC and 185 grain I would get FTE's (Stove Pipes about 3 out of 20 rounds). Now I went back to the stock 18 lb recoil spring and the gun again is flawless, with all types of Mags the stock, wilson, and my favorite - Tripps.

Anyway I recommend the gun, I even bought a second one!
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