S&W 1911 vs Dan Wesson PM-7


September 9, 2008, 07:32 PM
Just curious from those that have compared these 2. They are virtually the same money feature for feature. It seems that DW is building hand fitted 1911's using quality components.

I know the S&W's are very good as well. If it were you're money, which one?

Just curious.

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September 9, 2008, 07:45 PM
If it were my money, I'd probably get the DW.


September 9, 2008, 08:53 PM
I have the SW1911 and a DW CBOB, both very good guns. The two stack up pretty well side by side with an edge to DW for quality and fit/finish. The Smith ran great right out of the box, the DW is very tight and definitely benefits from a break-in period. No regrets either way, you'll be happy with either.

September 9, 2008, 09:05 PM
I go DanWesson A well made all most custom pistol for the money I love my DW

September 10, 2008, 12:14 AM
i'm interested in this too. i have a S&W 19111Sc and thinking about giving DW a try

September 10, 2008, 05:04 PM
The DW is the way to go!

September 10, 2008, 05:27 PM
I went with the DW. Fit and finish is excellent, extremely accurate and it just feels right in my hand. If you intend to carry, take a look at the CBOB.

Forged, one piece match grade barrel and bushing.
Round top slide with Bo-Mar style adjustable target sight
Hand polished flat surfaces with contrasting bead blasted rounds
Flat, all steel 20-LPI checkered mainspring housing
Front and rear cocking serrations
Beveled magwell
All sharp edges dehorned by hand
Lowered and flared ejection port
Hand polished feed ramp
Ed Brown slide stop
Ed Brown memory groove grip safety
Tactical extended thumb safety
One piece full length stainless guide rod
Commander style match hammer
Match grade sear
Aluminum trigger with stainless bow
Extended serrated magazine catch
Wolff springs used exclusively
Diamond checkered coco-bolo grips
Tuned, machined, internal extractor
Test fired for reliability
38 ounces unloaded

Craig M. Arnold
September 10, 2008, 11:34 PM
I have two Smiths and two Dan Wessons.The Smiths are both very nice pistols and I like them a lot.

If I had to sell two of the above guns, it would be the Smiths.

IMHO, Dan Wessons, for the money, are the best 1911s being made.

Best regards.

Snapping Twig
September 10, 2008, 11:41 PM
The DW is the better gun IMO. Both are good, but I'd buy the DW and never look back.

September 11, 2008, 04:36 AM
From pictures I've seen, the DW LOOKS a little nicer. I have the SKU 108284 S&W 1911/45acp and love it...flawless right out of the box, no break-in required. I'm always a little leery of any handgun that needs "breaking in".

September 11, 2008, 06:08 PM
I got a Pointman 7 and after owning that I have to say I would have gotten the Dan Wesson Valor if they had been available at the time, but that is onle because I want checkering on the frame and not just the mainspring housing.

September 11, 2008, 06:22 PM
Another recommendation for the Dan Wesson PM-7.

I have one in 10mm and will eventually get one in .45ACP as well as 9mm.


September 12, 2008, 12:11 AM
I just picked up a slightly-used Dan Wesson Pointman 7 - my first 1911 - and I am extraordinarily pleased with it, both in terms of quality and accuracy. I've handled S&W's, but have not shot them.

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