Dan Wesson or Springfield?

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  1. mg123

    mg123 XDTalk Newbie

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    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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    chameleon XDTalk 4K Member

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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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    Tally XD XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    Springfield
     
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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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    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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  8. mg123

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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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    damn, just had to whip out the bobtail. get the dan wesson dude.
     
  12. JoeOU1

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    Love my DW Guardian in 9mm. :D

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    D.W. are really great values for the money. Kimbers aren't.
     
  14. mg123

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    That sure is a good looking gun. :D If only it had a 5" barrel...
     
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    Shot a buddy of mines older DW, nice gun, shot great. But for the money... Ill keep my springer lightweight. Now when I win the lotto, Ill be getting a Dan Wesson. But still keeping my springer.

     

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