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Old 04-20-2012, 07:11 PM
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Dan Wesson Specialist-Impressions




I just picked up my Specialist with serial number T004CZ. I put one hundred rounds down range using two Tripp mags and had zero malfunctions of any kind. The new rear sight is very Heiniesk. The ambi safety is very Brownish. The fit of the pistol is right there with the Valors. I'm taking it down to the shop for her first cleaning and internal inspection. Photos to follow....
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:10 PM
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Stainless or black? Can't wait to see photos.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:27 PM
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Anxious to know what you think. I'm about to pull the trigger on buying a PM9, and the only thing stopping me is wanting a Specialist!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:34 PM
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Here is a mix of clean and dirty pix of the new pistol.











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Old 04-20-2012, 09:37 PM
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:48 PM
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Great pics of a beautiful pistol!

Congrats!
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:55 PM
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O.K., so here are my impressions:

1) The fit and finish of the grip safety, thumb safety, and barrel bushing is very well done.
2) The outside finish of the pistol is very well done.
3) The sights will be enjoyed by those who favor Heinie sights
4) The top of slide treatment is clean and crisp.
5) The allen screw on the mag well came loose so I gave it some loctite after cleaning the pistol.
6) The grips didn't look right on the stainless gun so on went the black aliens
7) Valor accurate right out of the box and no malfunctions in the first 100 rounds.
8) There are some minor filing marks that I tried to photograph on the inside of the weapon. Not as clean as my Valor. Nothing that would affect function that I can see and minor as stated.
9) The barrel hood/slide fit is tight with little play. Not as tight as my Springfield Pro but well done.
10) Love the nubbed slide stop pin. Elegant.
11) Undercutting of the trigger guard and the checkering are clean, crisp and uniform.
12) The thumb safety is nicely angled away the pistol and comfortable if you like to ride the top while firing the gun.
13) The trigger is light with a crisp break.
14) The magwell is not hand blended but works just as intended.
15) All in all I rate this as a valor with a light rail......ambi safety.......recessed slide-stop pin........ribbed slide........mag well......for less than a stainless valor.........me thinks Wesson's pricing is currently out of whack.

Less than $1,500.00 for this.....a bargain.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:18 PM
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Sweet pick up!!
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 PM
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Very Nice, that is # 4 of the ones they will make...........

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:29 PM
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13) All in all I rate this as a valor with a light rail......ambi safety.......recessed slide-stop pin........ribbed slide........mag well......for less than a stainless valor.........me thinks Wesson's pricing is currently out of whack.

Less than $1,500.00 for this.....a bargain.
That's a beauty and really puts things in perspective. A comparable stainless Wilson would be about 3500. Is it really worth 2k more than the specialist?
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:32 AM
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Very nice! I have found current pricing with the ion bonded (black) model running $270 more. I know this is a quality finish however I am now considering a stainless such as yours and then going with a hard hat treatment or similar. What grips were stock, the brown vz's?
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:10 AM
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I love the stock grips on the duty treat Valor. Really dig those black Aliens on your Specialist. May pick up a pair of those for my Ruger. Nice report, congrats on the new DW.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:20 AM
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Thanks for the great report.
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Old 04-21-2012, 07:30 AM
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I am torn between the Specialist and a TRP either way I need to start saving my pennies. Congrats and thank you for the pics and review
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:25 AM
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If you don't mind me asking I have couple questions for you.

-As far as bushing fit would it be worth getting one hand fitted?
-Were their any burrs internally? (I couldn't tell from the pics)

I can't get over the fit, it seems REALLY tight for a production gun! Usually I'm not a fan of stainless but that is a very elegant looking pistol. I was dead set on a TRP but after researching the quality of Dan Wesson I think I will begin searching for a specialist in black. Hopefully they are not as hard to find as the TRP
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:45 AM
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If you don't mind me asking I have couple questions for you.

-As far as bushing fit would it be worth getting one hand fitted?
-Were their any burrs internally? (I couldn't tell from the pics)

I can't get over the fit, it seems REALLY tight for a production gun! Usually I'm not a fan of stainless but that is a very elegant looking pistol. I was dead set on a TRP but after researching the quality of Dan Wesson I think I will begin searching for a specialist in black. Hopefully they are not as hard to find as the TRP
I don't think there will be any change of accuracy with an after-market bushing with this barrel. The bushing is tightly fit to both the slide and the barrel. The only way I could see to appreciably increase the accuracy would be a hard-fit match barrel and bushing. We are talking Kart, Bar Sto, Nowlin, etc. I didn't see any real signs of fitting on the lugs but I can't move the barrel AT ALL when pushing down on the barrel hood and I haven't shot it enough to see any real wear marks on the lugs or the pin. We will see after a few more range trips.

I did a "finger test" for burrs on the rails and didn't find any. This is a nicely finished pistol.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:59 AM
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Here is a photo of the target of the first eighteen rounds fired at seven yards.



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Old 04-21-2012, 09:25 AM
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Thanks much for the pics and the report. Congrats on your new pistola!
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:47 PM
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Very nice! I have found current pricing with the ion bonded (black) model running $270 more. I know this is a quality finish however I am now considering a stainless such as yours and then going with a hard hat treatment or similar. What grips were stock, the brown vz's?
Here are some pix of the factory grips. They are growing on me. I really want to try them out on my Springfield Pro when it comes home from SACS.





And one more gratuitous shot in natural lighting....

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:03 PM
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that is one sweet pistol. Love what they have done with it
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:13 PM
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I'm selling my MC Operator to fund one of these. I can't stop looking at it!
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:57 PM
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Very nice! I have found current pricing with the ion bonded (black) model running $270 more. I know this is a quality finish however I am now considering a stainless such as yours and then going with a hard hat treatment or similar. What grips were stock, the brown vz's?
That was exactly my thought process, I just ordered mine today in stainless and intend to get it coated. HOWEVER, after seeing the op's with black aliens that color combo is starting to grow on me.

45addiction, thank you very much for your informative write up. After seeing this thread it finally brought me to my decision on my specialst vs trp debate I was having in my head.
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:09 PM
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Here are my first impressions.

What?



I see what you did there


Some filing later...
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