Dan Wesson Classic Bobtail 1911


December 6, 2007, 05:22 PM
Anybody have any experience with the current Dan Wesson 1911's, particularly the Classic Bobtail? What kind of quality are they?

Also, I thought I saw a Kimber Bobtail the other day. Were my eyes deceiving me? Couldn't find it on their web site.

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December 6, 2007, 05:25 PM
I've had my Dan Wesson CBOB for about 5 months, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had to tighten the rear sight down after I shot about 50 rounds and it's been perfact since. I carry it every day.

Josh Aston
December 6, 2007, 05:31 PM
Don't believe Kimber offers a bobtail, doesn't mean it can't be installed post factory though.

December 6, 2007, 05:39 PM
GCW5 What did you end up paying for your CBOB if you don't mind me asking?

milo z
December 6, 2007, 06:01 PM
I've got one - very nice shooter, don't think I could have gotten a nicer pistol for $850.

Only complaint is that the thumb safety is badly fitted - on the curving edge (alongside the grip safety) it sticks over the frame a hair and pinches sometimes.

December 6, 2007, 06:19 PM
I bought one Saturday, saw it and agonized over it. I bought it for carry, but still don't know if I can learn to carry it comfortably. The quality is better than it should be for the price. I paid $955 for mine. The frame to slide fit is the best I've ever seen, and I think all small parts are Ed Brown. The only fit I don't like is the barrel bushing fit in the slide, but I can fit a Wilson and correct that. Now, if I can't find a way to carry it comfortably I at least have a funny looking 1911.:) I sharpened this photo a lot, you can make out the slide/frame rail lines, normally it's hard to see!

December 6, 2007, 09:15 PM
I got a pointman several months ago. Extremely well made, ergonomically perfect for my hand and after about a thousand rounds down range not one problem to report. I have six other pistols and it's my favorite by far.

Craig M. Arnold
December 7, 2007, 12:30 AM
IMHO, the best value in an under $1000.00 1911.

It is tight as a bank vault. Much more accurate than I am. One of my all time favorite 1911s.

Best regards.


December 7, 2007, 10:38 AM
Thanks guys! You've convinced me. (Like I needed a lot of convincing.) ;)

Methinks a CBOB may reside on my hip after the tax man cometh in 2008! :D

December 7, 2007, 11:18 AM

I ended up paying $870 and change with tax for mine. I had looked into sending a Colt off to have this kind of work done, and it would have cost more than I payed for the CBOB just for the custom work.

Good luck!

December 7, 2007, 05:51 PM
I just sent in my order for one today. Now I have to get my P228 and G19 ready to sell to pay for it!! :eek:

December 7, 2007, 08:32 PM
yessir, that CZ do make nice pistols, don't they......

December 7, 2007, 11:48 PM

December 7, 2007, 11:55 PM
I just found a guy in Texas that will bobtail almost any 1911 for $150. He uses ed brown mainspring houses. I don't know if I can put his site on the forum, but if I can I will.

December 8, 2007, 12:04 AM
I love mine. I bought a 10mm CBOB as a woods gun but it is increasingly looking like my general purpose CCW.

Slvr Surfr
December 8, 2007, 04:42 AM
I own a 10MM Cbob. I've had it for about 6 months. I've had some problems with it ie: slide stop locking open when firing w/ rounds in the mag, tight barrel chamber causing stovepipes. I repaired several things on the gun through my local smith and found that there were other issues that were causing the gun problems Ie: Loose fit grip safety, cracked barrel bushing, and a poorly fit ejector which stuck out the back of the slide.
I contacted Scott at DW, and told him of the issues. I had to pay for my gun to get sent in. In about 1 week he has repaired all the issues that I told him of and some that I had not even found. Part of his repairs were to replace the barrel. I asked him if the new barrel would be as tight as the old one. I also told him I needed this pistol to be reliable, and feed properly. I told me that he had run only some FMJ test ammo. HE suggested that he hold onto my DW for an extra day and test it with some Double Tap SD ammo that he had in stock. I was blown away with this. He stated that if it fed fine, he would send it back, if not he would ream the barrel.

I will have my pistol back on Monday. The customer service has been fantastic so far. I'm looking forward to seeing how the pistol runs when it gets back. The pistol is by far the most accurate 1911 I own. The slide to frame fit is super tight. With all the problems I've had with the DW I would still purchase another. I have some more planned for the DW when it gets here.

Here is a pic of my DW with my G20.


December 8, 2007, 08:26 AM
I use the Ed Brown mainsprings when I install bobtails here too.
Here's the link to their page that has the bobtail mainsprings.

December 8, 2007, 08:45 AM
I meant that I don't know if I can put the gunsmith's link on the forum. How much do you charge, gunsmithgirl?

December 9, 2007, 01:06 AM
I've had my CBOB since February. I did have issue with it during the break in period, but since the 1200 round point, she's been -- perfect! She and I are at the 2300 round point and all's well :cool:

December 9, 2007, 02:52 PM
I am confused.....we buy $1000 pistols, work on them two or three times trying to get them to operate properly, send them back to the factory a time or two, and we're delighted?????? sorry, I don't get it.....

December 9, 2007, 05:14 PM
Actually, I've never bought a pistol for more than $700. I've only bought a CZ75b and a hipoint new. I buy used pistols like new and I've only had problems with one springfield champion. I got my money back. If I were to buy one that drove tacks, but had a few mechanical problems, however, I would get the issues resolved and be delighted when they are.

December 9, 2007, 05:25 PM
I have a blued DW Pointman 7 and very happy with it. Over 1100 rounds through it and it still runs like a champ. The only issue I have had is with some reloads I had and I figured out the trick to get them to feed. The gun even feeds SWC bullets very well.

Slvr Surfr
December 9, 2007, 11:01 PM
Being that all guns are built by people somewhere I understand that some are going to be flawed as my DW was. I am concerned mostly with how the company takes care of the gun. So far I am very pleased with DW. I should have my gun back by Monday. It has taken 1 week to get all the repairs done.

Steve B.
December 11, 2007, 12:11 AM
I just bought a slightly used cbob and can't wait to get it. Lots of Ed Brown parts. Sounds and looks like a great factory pistol. I guess I'll find out.

December 12, 2007, 09:11 PM
Loved my CBOB so much I paid quite a bit to bobtail a Scandiumm Smith & Wesson and a Colt.

December 13, 2007, 04:54 PM
Well I don't have pictures yet, but I just returned from my first range time with my new DW CBOB .45. This is my first personally owned 1911, and I am very impressed. Excellent quality piece and very nice, light trigger. My first couple shots strings were a bit off due to my jerking and overanticipating. I've been shooting 9mm for a while now, and it took a couple mags to adjust to the .45. Once I settled down and did my part, this little wonder gun did its job of making one nice gaping hole. I am very pleased.

Shot 50 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass FMJ. No reliability issues. Everything functioned as it was supposed to. After a couple more boxes of CCI fmjs, I'll put some JHP ammo through it and see how that goes. I really like the feel of it and hope to make it my CCW.

Came with two mags w/ the rubber bumper. Night sights are yellow rear and green front. Very, very nice trigger. I like this trigger more than the Wilson Protector that I've shot many times previously at the range. Absolutely beautiful firearm.

Only a couple things about it that I wish were different. There are a couple of sharp edges around the beavertail - it could be much smoother where the beavertail and the frame meet. The MSH is smooth - I would have preferred it to have come with 30lpi checkering to match the frontstrap, but this can be resolved easily enough. I will probably replace the MSH and the barrel bushing with Ed Brown parts.

This is my first personally owned 1911, and I couldn't be more pleased. Somewhere down the road I hope to get either a Les Baer TRS or a custom Colt 5", but that will have to wait until after I can get all the reloading equipment for .45acp. This Dan Wesson is the most enjoyable shooting gun I own (and that is saying alot b/c I love shooting my P226). I had better get that reloading stuff ASAP, so I can keep shooting 45.

Here are some pics - they didn't come out as good as my usual ones, but I'm trying new methods. I need to get the supplies to make that light box. Once Finals are over I reckon.


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