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Old 12-11-2019, 10:05 PM
Linuxjon Linuxjon is offline
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Valor Commander Limited

Wondering if anyone has this gun and what they think of it compared to their other 1911s?

I've always been a Sig guy. Saved the money for my first proper 1911 in .45 and ended up ordering the Valor Commander Limited in stainless. Will have it in a couple weeks. I went with it because it was the ONLY Valor model I could still find in inventory anywhere, and I like how much hand finishing the Valor line is supposed to have had compared to other DW models.

Thing is, a few people have made me really doubt my choice to go with a commander size. Did I make a mistake? Should I try canceling and seeing if it's possible to order a 5" specialist or pointman instead. Am I going to really notice that much recoil and accuracy reduction in the smaller gun?
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:23 PM
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What you're experiencing is normal. Relax and let the process unfold. You're buying a nice gun that will serve you well.
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Old 12-11-2019, 10:48 PM
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I stumbled across one at the LGS a couple of months ago. When I bought it I wasn't aware that it was one of the Limited Valors. I found out about the Limited run after I dug around on this forum.

Replaced the grips with some Macassar Ebony from WoodCaliber and tucked the originals into the DW pistol case.

I've put a little over 250 rounds through it and it is accurate, but shoots about an inch low with my loads.

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Old 12-12-2019, 06:23 AM
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I bought one of the .45 Valor Commander Limiteds....unknowingly.

I'd bought the gun online back in the Spring... model number was the standard model.

I had a few minutes of confusion at the FFL when I went to pick the gun up.

Initially I was peeved in that it wasn't the bushing barrel model.....but the gun was wonderfully fitted, finished and controls were perfectly set up. The trigger....man, oh man....trigger was very, very much too my liking in both pull, feel and position.

I even like the grips. They fill my hand better than the standard G10 grips that came on another Valor Commander (bushing model) that I bought. They are smooth and feel great as carry grips.














40 rounds fired at a pace of under 1 shot / sec. Comfortable with this gun.




Cleans up easily.






The gun is still in break-in period and has run flawlessly. Zero FTF, FTE or only other issues.

I've run AE 230gr ball, Winchester white box 230gr ball and 200gr lswc loads.

Zero issues.

It came with two nice magazines that have been used during this period as well as Wilson Combat ETM mags.

No problems.

Gun is very accurate, more than I am.

The Duty finish is very much to my liking. This was my first DW. The results with this one have led to my father buying two and I've bought a few more since, too.

The recommended lubes in the owners manual listed Weapon Shield. I bought some of their oil, grease and solvent. It has worked perfectly. So good, in fact, that I have been converting my other guns to it upon cleaning them after range sessions.

We are finally getting some cold weather locally (not really cold by most folk's standards). I'll see how the Weapon Shield does. Range bag left secured in the truck's bed on the way to the range should have the guns good 'n chilled. I don't anticipate any problems, though.



Now....I was a little bit peeved for a couple minutes when the FFL handed me the gun and it wasn't what I'd ordered......that subsided once I inspected the gun and contacted the online dealer to let them know what had happened.

I accepted the transfer.......and having regretted it for a second.

Not one second.


I simply don't rush things on disassembly or reassembly....take my time and deal with the bull-barrel aspects in stride. It's truly no biggie.


My only regret is this: each of my other DW 1911 purchased after this one were in stainless. Not a thing in the world wrong with them and they look super. It's just that I'm really liking the Duty finish. After break-in is done on the others I may very well have them sent back for Duty finish, too....providing that's an option available at that time. If not, then hard chrome it is.

It took me years of 1911 enjoyment to finally spend LB or DW money on a single gun. Over those years I likely already spent that kind of money on other less expensive initial buys and then went through the desires of upgrading the parts. End result is that it would have been less expensive to start with the DW from the get-go....and not have anything to change later.

No regrets.

Good luck with your Limited.
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Old 12-12-2019, 09:24 AM
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Nice writeup, Dub. I was grinning as I was reading your post because my experience is similar to yours on my journey to Dan Wesson 1911’s.

Last August I walked into the LGS and the young man behind the counter handed me a TCP and said with a smile “you need this.” I ended up leaving with the 9mm TCP which was my first DW 1911.

At the time I had 11 different 1911’s, S&W, Ruger, and Colt. I’ve previously owned Springfield Armory, Kimber, RIA, Para Ord, and others. I sold all eleven and have only replaced a few of them as I have been downsizing my “collection.”

The TCP was followed by PM-9, ECP, Valkyrie Commander, and ECO, all in 9mm. And the Valor Commander Limited in 45 Auto. The LGS still has a 5” Valor 45 in stainless, and I do look at it from time to time, but I’ve got enough new (and new-to-me) guns to shoot for awhile.

The SS Valor Commander 45 model number is 01872, and the Limited model number is 01872L.

I really prefer the looks of Dub’s Duty Treat gun to my SS one, but mine is a keeper.


For the OP:

There is a lot of good info on the Limited guns in this thread by Keith DW:
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthr...ghlight=01872L

If you have been shooting a 5” 1911 I doubt you will see much difference in recoil with your gun. As your new Valor has a steel frame, there is only about an ounce difference in weight.

Accuracy will be up to you and your abilities.

Here is DW’s link to the discontinued Valor model:
https://danwessonfirearms.com/product/valor-commander/


You can spend hours reading threads on lube. Just follow the recommendations in the owner’s manual and you will be good to go. I use FP-10, which has worked well. I still have a bunch of other lubes, but why spend $1500 or so on a new gun and then cheap out on lube?

I think you will enjoy your Limited production Valor.
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Old 12-12-2019, 12:19 PM
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What you're experiencing is normal. Relax and let the process unfold. You're buying a nice gun that will serve you well.
To the OP: I totally agree with the above. You are being completely paranoid. Definitely do not cancel the order or you probably will live to regret it.
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Old 12-12-2019, 05:42 PM
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Thanks all of you for the replies. I'm sure that I'll feel better once I actually have a chance to shoot it.
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Old 12-16-2019, 11:52 AM
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Dub,

very nice piece.

is that a true 4.25" Commander length or 4" since the muzzle is flush with the end of the slide?
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:47 PM
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Dub,

very nice piece.

is that a true 4.25" Commander length or 4" since the muzzle is flush with the end of the slide?
Great question....When I get up in the morning and get some coffee brewed....I'll break out the one pictured above along with it's cousin my other Valor Commander (stainless).

I'll get pics and measurements.

My guess is the slide lengths are identical, but the Limited model's barrel is flushed. I've grown to like the look & features of each of them.

Big fan of commander sized 1911 pistolas.

Of course, I'm a big fan of the 5 inchers, too.

One these days I may get the gun funds for a 6" in 10mm.
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:38 PM
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Dub,

very nice piece.

is that a true 4.25" Commander length or 4" since the muzzle is flush with the end of the slide?
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Great question....When I get up in the morning and get some coffee brewed....I'll break out the one pictured above along with it's cousin my other Valor Commander (stainless).

I'll get pics and measurements.

My guess is the slide lengths are identical, but the Limited model's barrel is flushed. I've grown to like the look & features of each of them.

Big fan of commander sized 1911 pistolas.

Of course, I'm a big fan of the 5 inchers, too.

One these days I may get the gun funds for a 6" in 10mm.
Your gun has a 4.25” bull barrel, instead of a bushing like most commanders. Fairly unique on a 4.25” gun.
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Old 12-17-2019, 09:03 PM
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The bull barrel in my post #3 is 4.125", or 1/8" shorter than the "standard" Commander barrel with bushing.

The inside of the slide is slotted for a bushing.
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