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Old 05-01-2020, 01:59 PM
H82Miss H82Miss is offline
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New to 1911, just ordered DW Specialist

Good day everyone.

I'm new to the forum, 1st post, also new to the 1911 platform. I've been doing some research and just ordered a Dan Wesson SS 5" Specialist. I'm pretty excited and wanted to share my enthusiasm with all my new friends. I also ordered 6 Wilson Combat 8 rnd ETM magazines and a Milt Sparks VM-2. I can't wait for it all to get here.
In the mean time, I will be reading and re-reading all the threads on this forum to glean any and all tips, tricks, and interesting stories regarding this new 1911 obsession.
I'll post pics from the range and my full review ASAP.
Have a great weekend!
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Old 05-01-2020, 03:11 PM
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Welcome and congrats on the new pistol! Make sure you read the manual, especially the sections on break-in and cleaning.
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:17 PM
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Welcome! You chose wisely. To me, that's too much gun to carry IWB. I prefer the Tucker Gun Leather HF-1 OWB.
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Old 05-01-2020, 07:49 PM
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Congrats and welcome.


Your really do have some very nice gear coming your way.

It's almost a crime to cut your teeth on such a pistol. Be extremely careful during disassembly and reassembly. DW does a nice little mod on their slide stop pin that helps bigly with the reassembly.


If you have the funds.....I'd recommend a "beater" gun to get up and running with. Make mistakes with. Scratches, dings and such.

1911 are works of art and function extremely well. They just aren't Glock-simple in each and every aspect.

They require some learning and development of feel.

You will be rewarded with excellence, though, once you and the gun are dialed in.
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Old 05-02-2020, 07:03 AM
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Be sure to follow break in instructions. DW Pointman was my first 1911, did break in as instructed and gun runs perfect.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:03 AM
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Congratulations! You're going to love your new Specialist. Welcome to the family.
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Old 05-02-2020, 12:33 PM
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Congrats! You will love your new Specialist. A stainless government Specialist in 45 was my first 1911 as well. You are doing well starting off with arguably the best maker of production 1911’s. The fit and finish of the Specialist make it an excellent buy. FYI,the stainless models scratch quite easily so be careful during assembly/disassembly. Enjoy your Wesson!
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Old 05-04-2020, 10:49 AM
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Welcome, you are starting out with a very nice 1911. You can learn a great deal here and from your owners manual. I use Wilson Combat mags in my Valor and Milt Sparks holsters for all my 1911s too you have picked some good equipment. Be safe and enjoy it.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:03 PM
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Shot her today! Wow! The trigger is amazing. Beautiful gun, tight, and pretty. Only shot 100 rounds today and can't wait to do it again. I think I'm addicted to the 1911 platform and am already looking for #2.
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Old 05-07-2020, 06:20 PM
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Did you remember to clean it after 50 rounds? The DW manual says to do it every 50 rounds until 300 (pain in the butt) for break-in. Also read what cleaning supplies they recommend. Many common ones will hurt the finish. Congratulations!
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Old 05-07-2020, 08:47 PM
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Shot her today! Wow! The trigger is amazing. Beautiful gun, tight, and pretty. Only shot 100 rounds today and can't wait to do it again. I think I'm addicted to the 1911 platform and am already looking for #2.
Good for you.

Have fun and enjoy the well built pistol.

I will warn you....one DW seems to swiftly lead to additional DW.

I took one today on it's third range session today (PM-C) and another on it's first range session (Valkyrie).

Not problem whatsoever. Both guns ran very well. Very pleased with both.

I really like those Specialists, too. Yet to buy one, but I'm sensing that occurring at some point.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:37 AM
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Since you got a Milt Sparks holster, I see you will be carrying this pistol a lot, for self defense. I am glad you are addicted to the 1911 platform. To carry concealed or open carry, you have to spend a lot more time training yourself with it. The 1911 should be carried in condition one, as it's inventor John Browning intended it to be. One round in the chamber. Hammer cocked, and thumb safety engaged. Dry fire, and draw often disengaging the safety, as you level on target at the same time. At the range, many a range, do not let you draw from the holster. My solution, is fire a couple of rounds, engage safety, and keeping the muzzle pointed down range, bring the gun down to waist level, a few seconds, then bring it back level to target, disengage the safety, and fire again. Do this often, and it will get you used to using the safety, to soon become second nature. This if very important, so under stress, you automatically will revert to your training. Enjoy that 1911 pistol!
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