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View Poll Results: Dan Wesson finish, which do you prefer?
Duty Coat 59 53.15%
Blued 52 46.85%
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:16 AM
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Dan Wesson Valor: Duty Coat vs Blued

Hello guys,

I have been having a thought owning a DW Valor. So many members has positive feedback regarding its build quality. 2017 announcement knowing a Blued DW 1911 will be release soon on market, so far, I haven't see any place that is selling them just yet.

Is blued finish better than Duty coat that they currently running?

Should I wait for the blued version release before making a final decision or grab the Duty coat version now and live ever happily after?

What will be your decision if you were on the same boat?
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:35 AM
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Duty treatment is a far more durable finish then bluing..
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:52 AM
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:31 AM
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They don't do duty coat any more. They have progressed to duty treat.

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Old 05-03-2017, 05:38 AM
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I wouldn't say one is better than the other, it's just what you are looking for. The Duty Treat will be better if you are looking for durability. And IMO the blued finish looks better, but won't hold up nearly as well.

The specific use pf the gun would be the determining factor for me. If it's going to be a range toy go with the blued finish. If hard use will be it purpose go with the duty treat.

P.S. I put a DW Valor in Blue on layaway a few weeks ago so they are already out there.

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Old 05-03-2017, 07:20 AM
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You should add Duty Treat to the poll. It is much more durable than Duty Coat or blued finishes.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:28 AM
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What's your definition of "better" and what do you expect/need from a finish?

Those answers are needed before anyone can meaningfully advise you.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:34 AM
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Duty treat if it's a carry gun. Blue if it will go from the range and back to the safe.

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Old 05-03-2017, 04:44 PM
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Pick the bluing if you want a pretty safe queen, other than that I can't fathom why anyone would choose it over the Duty Treat.
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:49 PM
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Pick the bluing if you want a pretty safe queen, other than that I can't fathom why anyone would choose it over the Duty Treat.
I have a Blued Browning HI Power that has some very nice holster wear. Call me crazy but I love the look of that well used gun.
I do live in a dry climate and do not have to worry about rust however.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:59 PM
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Bluing would be my choice


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Old 05-03-2017, 08:59 PM
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The blued valors are really nice. I tried to put one on layaway the other day but my lgs is moving in to a new bigger store so no layaway until after the move. I like the bluing better myself. Definitely getting a blued valor.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:26 PM
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Either one will serve you well but, personally I like the Duty Treat better.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:25 PM
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+1 Carry - Duty Treat

I had the same dilemma picking between the two. The blue does look great and ideally I'd love both. I looked back on my experience with an earlier Nighthawk that started to shed its black coat on its sharp corners almost immediately. It bothered me and wound up a safe queen until I traded it. So if its going to be a safe-to-range gun the blue would be my choice. My OCD would have me wiping the fingerprints and smudges off constantly but it does look very nice.

If it'll be going into a holster, my 2 cents is go with the added protection. I chose the duty treat as it is a unique option you can get your Dan Wesson with. I also compaired photos of Black Valors vs blued 1911's. Specifically the non-glamor shot pics did it for me. The black looked better in my opinion no matter how bad a photo was done. Some like the worn gun look. This should not be a variable if its going to the range and back. So the savings would tip the scale in favor. If its going to go into a holster, that worn gun look is a matter of preference you'll have to be honest with yourself.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:13 AM
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Thank you guys for your opinion. To answer member's question what is "better" my mind was running about wear and durability. What is my main purpose for this firearm? Well, I have not yet decided since I have yet got a chance to hold it and shoot it. I have a Colt repro 70s in SS and that is pretty much a safe queen. I had two beaters, Springfield RO and Kimber TLE II. Which I just recently let the TLE go. I shoot more Kimber over Springfield for sure. Not that I like Kimber over Springfield, just because Kimber had such a bad rep, I was curious how does it really hold up with my own personal experience. Which was great.

Long story short, I already do have a beater. Without shooting a DW, it is hard to say if I am gonna love it so much and decide to EDC with it or I love it so much that I want to baby it. DW sure is a step forward from the currently two 1911s I have from manufacturing stand point. From what I have heard so far of course.

To be transparent with you all, as of today, this thread goes to an unexpected turn. Today, I just purchased a Sig P226 MK25. Used. The price was very nice. Best I have seen for a long time. MK25 is being discontinued so purchased it impulsively. Which my fund for DW Valor is severely short. Looks like I'll have more time think long and hard which version of Valor should I get. Hopefully their price won't sky rocketing in a year or two.

Thank you and Bless you all.
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Old 05-04-2017, 08:34 AM
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...To answer member's question what is "better" my mind was running about wear and durability...
Duty Treat it is, then, no question. I love bluing, but even the best examples of it are weak in regards to wear and durability compared to virtually any other coating or treatment, of which ferritic nitrocarburizing (aka QPQ, Duty Treat, Melonite, Hard Hat, etc.) is among the best.

Enjoy your new Sig; the DWs will still be around when the funds refill.
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Old 05-04-2017, 09:51 AM
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Duty Treat it is, then, no question. I love bluing, but even the best examples of it are weak in regards to wear and durability compared to virtually any other coating or treatment, of which ferritic nitrocarburizing (aka QPQ, Duty Treat, Melonite, Hard Hat, etc.) is among the best.

Enjoy your new Sig; the DWs will still be around when the funds refill.
Thanks my friend! Hope my thread will help other folks out too.
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Old 05-04-2017, 10:05 AM
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I voted for Duty Coat, but meant Duty Treat. The stuff is bullet proof! Been carrying for over a year and the only wear showing is on the rear sight, which is not Duty Treat.
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Old 05-04-2017, 12:26 PM
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Duty treat is the lastest "modern" finish. It's a very good finish! However, a 1911 with a little holster wear on a blued finish is just classy! Everyone should have a blued 1911 in their collection.
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Old 05-04-2017, 02:39 PM
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I'd be hard-pressed to choose here - I like the advice of one of each!
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:22 PM
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To answer member's question what is "better" my mind was running about wear and durability.
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Duty Treat it is, then, no question.
I agree. I've had a duty treat Valor for around 5 years. It's been in and out of a TT Gunleather IWB holster hundreds of times and the finish still looks new to me.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:57 PM
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If it's a DW you cannot go wrong getting one of each!
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:32 PM
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I have a Blued Browning HI Power that has some very nice holster wear. Call me crazy but I love the look of that well used gun.
I do live in a dry climate and do not have to worry about rust however.
Call me crazy in return, but in a carry gun I prize durability and corrosion resistance over the "I'm a sexy bad ass because look at the worn finish on my gat" look. If it's a safe queen (which I have plenty of so no fingers pointed here) I like the finish as pristine as possible.
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Old 05-04-2017, 07:27 PM
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I prefer the Blued, simply because I think nothing looks better than a well used blue 1911.
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Old 05-06-2017, 09:12 PM
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I ordered a Blued today.
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