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Old 05-01-2012, 09:38 PM
Vno.Helix Vno.Helix is offline
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Baer vs DW, bore axis / high grip

On the verge of ordering a new 1911 with a $2000 budget. Not having an opportunity to try them nor hold them prior to ordering, I had to research on the web to get as "knowledgeable" as possible and this forum has been of incredible value to my "research. The 2 finalist are the bear UTC and DW Valor (black), and for the record, having both is unfortunately not an option. Understanding the different personalities of both guns, hard fit old style craftsmanship vs new and modern machining, etc, etc, I have come to the conclusion that either one would make me very happy.

There where however several questions unanswered not allowing me to make a final decision.

First question: how do I get a 2 dot rear sight on a Baer UTC. This question got answered by finding "harrison customs" website and their offering for a rear replacement sight, therefor bringing the Baer back in the race. (straight eight sights are a MUST, personal preference, what can I say..)

Last and final question that will be the decision factor: Which of the 2 rides lower in the hand? So far I have been unable to find enough information to support a solid "web based" opinion.

I am posting this questions on both (DW & Baer) forums and deeply hope someone with experience on both frames can help me and tell me which one has a lower bore axis due to beavertail radius/design and or in combination with undercut trigger guard.

Thank you kindly for sharing your knowledge, you guys are awesome!


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