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Old 07-29-2012, 09:21 AM
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Dan Wesson valor vs sig Sauer




This is going to be my first gun . Which way should I go? I'm leaning toward the Wesson . Is the Wesson the right choice?
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:27 AM
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Without a doubt, get the Dan Wesson. You won't be disappointed!
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:00 AM
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Ummm.... Completely different guns. Does sig even make a 1911 in that price range?

On a side note, please spend some time reading the forum IN DEPTH. As this will be your FIRST gun, studying will benefit you more than asking random, uneducated questions blindly from Internet strangers. By all means, Dan wesson makes a fine 1911. But I'd hardly suggest it as a first and only purchase. Do you own a 22? Id wager that's what most of us owned first. Do you shoot much? If no, buy said 22 and learn some fundamentals. If yes, buy said 22 and practice them more.

Wasn't trying to be too hard on ya. Just seems you are headed down a tough road by the question you posed. Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:54 AM
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1911 might not be best choice for a 'first' gun. Good ones can be pricey, (you suggested two), but even the good ones, sometimes need some personal attention. Without some context, some personal experience, if you do have any issues, you'll not know where to begin.
Revolver might make better first gun. Then maybe transition with a Springfield XD. I'm not sure about this one.
Maybe start with full size Government 5" 1911, in 9mm? Ammo is much cheaper.
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Old 07-29-2012, 03:25 PM
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Sigs makes some pricey 1911's, this is almost a question of internal vs external extractors, and in that battle there is no question.

Dan Wesson all day, sigs would be one of my last choices for a 1911 ... Just my personal opinion.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:55 PM
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Get the Dan Wesson. You won't be sorry. As long as money is a non issue you should be good to go. The DW is worth every penny.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:03 PM
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The Dan Wesson has better (no mim) internal parts and is fit better than the SIG. I have several DW 1911's and SIG P series which I like. If you want a 1911, the DW is better.
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:48 PM
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Sig makes over 20 different models of guns, which one were you considering? When I hear Sig I think of a P226.

What will you use the gun for? Range and training, occasional trip to the range to shoot only a box of ammo? Investment?
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:57 PM
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I have two Dan Wessons and (now) two SIGs (1911s).

The SIGs are good guns. I would buy another with no qualms. I have had no failures, though the Nightmare I had did not shoot well for me, but did well for others. I traded it for one of my DWs.

The DWs do take a break in that I did not really deal with on the SIGs.

If you are only going to get one 1911, I would go with the DW. If you are planning on continuing to spend money and buy additional guns, get the one with the features YOU want, right now.

I don't think you can go wrong with either, but the DWs are a step well above the SIGs.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:02 PM
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If this was NOT your 1st gun, I'd suggest a les baer for a tad more than a DW. But a baer is not a good 1st 1911.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:04 PM
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I'd go with the DW.I'm not a fan of Sig 22X series pistols. They just don't feel right in my hands, and I feel more recoil than comparable pistols. I also would have a hard time buying a 1911 from a kraut company.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:34 PM
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If you only own one 1911 in your lifetime, make it a Dan Wesson.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:40 PM
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Nothing wrong with buying a higher end gun your first time out. But even a gun like a DW will require a bit more care and feeding than a typical polymer pistol. My first 1911 was a Kimber 9mm 1911 and my second was a DW Valor, and I wish I had bought the Valor first. I've shot Sigs and can't find fault with them for the money, other than the external extractor. But some prefer it due to its potential higher reliability over time. They seem to be a fine value overall.

If you start with a nice gun and then stick with it, you'll be very pleased. If you end up not liking the 1911 form factor, you may wonder why you spent so much. But DWs hold their value fairly well.

I did buy another Kimber and another DW. And a Springfield, and a bunch of Colts...

It's addicting. Don't say you haven't been warned!


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Old 07-29-2012, 11:36 PM
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Although I've never owned or shot a Dan Wesson or Sig 1911 I've been around the gun world to know that both are highly respected makers and should treat you well. I personally think I'd go for the Sig just based on cost and my uses.

A previous post mentioned getting a 22 as your first gun which I agree with, but not completely. Buy whichever 1911 you choose and a 22 conversion kit for it. The conversion will allow to shoot and learn to manipulate the weapon without it costing you a ton of money. You never said you were new to shooting but I guess we assumed by the fact you're looking to buy your first gun. If the assumption is wrong I apologize. However, the 22 is a great way to learn to shoot. Most new shooters I've encountered that start with something like a 45 ACP can't hit anything with it because they learned the basics and they flinch out of fear of the recoil.

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Old 07-30-2012, 06:22 AM
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This is going to be my first gun . Which way should I go? I'm leaning toward the Wesson . Is the Wesson the right choice?
Boy, talk about a win/win situation!

I own three Dan Wessons and one SIG, have owned two more SIGs in the past. both makes are fine guns. The DW's have better fit and finish out of the box, are more tightly fitted, and are likely to require more shooting-in before very minor issues go away. The best 1911 shooting I have ever done consistantly was with my second SIG, and if it had not gone away due to unfortunate circumstances I likely would have never tried Dan Wesson and would have happily used the SIG for the rest of my days.

All that being said, if I had to choose just one 1911 today, it would be my Dan Wesson Heritage.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:57 AM
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Without a doubt, get the Dan Wesson. You won't be disappointed!


+1. Dan Wesson All the way
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:28 PM
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Dan Wesson vs sig p220

I appreciate all the honest answers. I found a pre-owned valor that is brand new . It was traded in for a Wilson . I shot a les Baer yesterday . I love the power of the 1911. It was a thrill ! I do realize I just turned 16 and went out and bought an M5 , but I can handle the power. This forum is great . I'm glad to be a part of it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:18 PM
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Uhhh...I wouldn't trust a Sig sauer made 1911. 1911s need to be made by Americans.

Dan Wesson all the way.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:07 PM
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Uhhh...I wouldn't trust a Sig sauer made 1911. 1911s need to be made by Americans.

Dan Wesson all the way.
Are SIGs not made in Exeter, NH?
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:45 PM
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Furthermore, isn't Dan wesson owned by CZ? Both companies are foreign owned but build 1911's here in the states. Sig as well as Dan wesson have been known for quality. DW is a step above either way.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:57 PM
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SIG 1911. Save at least $500 and buy ammo with it for training.
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