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Dan Wesson or Springfield?

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Old 12-30-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Dan Wesson or Springfield?

I am looking to buy my first 1911 and would appreciate some advice. The primary use for this gun will be shooting it at the range. I know that I want a 5" barrel and I want it to be .45 acp. I want to do this right the first time and not buy a gun now that I will only want to replace in a year's time. My budget is around $1,250.

I have rented 4 so far; 2 SA's (a TRP and a Mil Spec), 1 Kimber, and 1 S&W. Out of the 4 my favorite was the TRP by far.

The range where I shoot doesn't have a Trophy Match for rent, which is disappointing because it is a gun that really interests me. Today while I was looking at the 1911s that they have for sale the sales person who I was talking to recommended that I spend another couple of hundred dollars and go w/ a Dan Wesson Valor. They don't have one of these for rent either...

So for those who have experience w/ these guns any thoughts as to the Trophy Match vs The Valor? Also, how does the TRP compare to the Trophy Match from a quality perspective?

Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Dan Wesson Valor's are sweet! I love my Kimber but would buy a Valor in a heartbeat if I could afford it.
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I own a SA TRP, SA EMP, SA Loaded and a Rock Island Match. The TRP is by far my favorite. It shoots great and the fit and finish is great for a production gun.

With that said I would go with a Dan Wesson Valor. A few days ago I was in a LGS and was able to fondle a Dan Wesson Valor for the first time. It is a beautiful gun with excellent fit and finish, minimal roll marks (the anti TRP), outstanding trigger pull (guessing about 4lbs) and no MIM parts.

I was always intrigued by DW 1911s but was never able to play with one when it came time to purchase a higher end 1911 so I went with the TRP. If I had it to do over again I would buy the DW.
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The Valor is better than the TRP by a bit and blows Kimber out of the water.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:28 AM   #6
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Kimber doesn't make a gun worth over 900 bucks.... they stamp custom on them and charge a heck of a lot more.

in truth i read the thread title and thought it was a joke, dan wesson is so much better of a gun its hardly a comparison. nothing wrong with a trp, great gun but your comparing a premium factory gun to a semi custom

if you can afford the valor go for it, if not the trp with more ammo might be better use of funds.
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I'd say Dan Wesson..
More so a bobtailed model.



I'd also recommend you look at the STI line..

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Thanks for all of the feedback. You have made it pretty clear. I don't know if I am done searching for the 1911 that I am going to buy yet, but I do know that it looks like if it is in between the Valor and the Trophy Match for a few hundred dollars more the Valor is the way to go.
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I have a trophy match and a stainless trp. They are almost identical guns, different sights and finish is about all i noticed. I debated between the trp and the valor for a while, and went with the trp because it was in stock at the lgs. I would have needed to special order the valor, and i wasn't comfortable with buying a gun sight unseen. I do hope to ad a valor to the collection eventually!
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I would never give up my Springfield Champion! But thats just me. Dave
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