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Old 02-06-2020, 09:36 PM
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Guardian on the way

New to the board and Dan Wesson but no stranger to 1911 manual of operation.

Never had an actual 1911 but my first handgun was a Beretta Model 70s in .380 that I bought back in '82. Still have that and also Sigs that are 1911-ish.

Ordered my Guardian in .45acp yesterday and looking forward to it coming in.

Any advice specific to DW's and/or the Guardian would be welcome.
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Old 02-11-2020, 04:45 PM
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Just checking in and seeing how you were liking it.
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Old 02-11-2020, 09:34 PM
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Love my 9mm Guardian, carries well in a Sparks VM2. Very happy with it and just passed 1k rounds fired. After 1 or 2 failures to go completely into batttery the first range frip it has been 100% ever since then.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:38 AM
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Haven't picked mine up yet. Our State recently passed enhanced background checks that require county Sheriff checks, even for CCW holders. Waiting on that now. Hoping I'll be able to pick it up no later than Friday, as it's been adding 5 or 6 days to the process.

I had a Sparks VM2 for years, for a Beretta Cougar. Never did warm up to it. Very nice holster but I was not able to wear it comfortaby due to the non-flat backing. These days I've become spoiled with holsters like the N82Tacticals that provide a completely flat backside.

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Old 02-12-2020, 08:26 PM
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Haven't picked mine up yet. Our State recently passed enhanced background checks that require county Sheriff checks, even for CCW holders. Waiting on that now. Hoping I'll be able to pick it up no later than Friday, as it's been adding 5 or 6 days to the process.

I had a Sparks VM2 for years, for a Beretta Cougar. Never did warm up to it. Very nice holster but I was not able to wear it comfortaby due to the non-flat backing. These days I've become spoiled with holsters like the N82Tacticals that provide a completely flat backside.


That bites about the extra delay.


I'm keeping my fingers crossed such antics don't spread to other states. Hopefully all gun owners will show up at the polls and vote accordingly.


Should make for some fun weekend range time if you can get it on Friday.


I've seen those holsters but always wondered how the extra material would affect getting a secure gip prior to drawing.




Good luck with the transfer times. Hope it goes swiftly for you.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:46 PM
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On the Nate Squared holsters, the extra material behind the grip is no problem. Because the grip rides completely above the belt it's very easy to get your hand on it to draw. The only trouble I've had with some of their models is with the lower portion riding on a nerve in my gluteous, when the holster moves into a certain position. But since they started using their new type of clip, which stays tight and ratchets I've had no problems. Overall they are the most comfortable holsters I've ever owned. And like many I have bags of others that I've tried and put away.
N82Tactical was just sold to MTC which is the parent company of Crossbreed. The prices came down a bit as a result.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:50 PM
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Interesting. Thanks for the information.

They do look like they'd be mighty comfortable....no beavertail safety digging in your side no matter how you bend.
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Old 02-12-2020, 08:57 PM
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Yessir! I have a Sig P229 Legion SAO that I use in one of their Pro Tandem Professional models which has two clips. It has a large safety on it and is fairly heavy at 32oz empty. I can wear it all day without feeling like I want it off. And the holster doesn't move around.

Prior to this year, in our State because I've always had a Concealed Permit I've been able to walk into my LGS and walk out with whatever I bought. This new, extra background check is ludicrous, at least for those of us who are law abiding citizens who've never been in trouble and have been that way for decades. One of the downsides of living in a "progressive" State.

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Old 02-13-2020, 05:43 AM
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Read your manual. Specifically about break in and maintenance.
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:37 AM
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Thanks Keith, will do
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:47 PM
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Love my .38 Super Guardian! It was the first .38 I have ever owned and found out that it was like potato chips; you just can't have one!
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Old 02-13-2020, 08:07 PM
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Still waiting on the paperwork but I went in today and fondled it a bit. Nice gun. Ordered a set of Stoner grips for it when I got home since I now know that the slim line grips feel fine. A little small but not nearly as small as the pocket pistols I've had. It was hard leaving it behind but hopefully tomorrow I'll get the call.

Funny that you should say you can't just have one. I've already been looking at others.
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Old 02-14-2020, 08:02 PM
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No joy in mudville tonight. Paperwork didn't come back yet. Not sure if the sheriff will be doing paperwork on Monday given it's a holiday. argg
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Old 02-21-2020, 03:20 PM
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Finally got it home. Cleaned it up, oiled it, and put some Stoner grips on it.

First impressions are that the fit and finish are superb. The Duty satin finish is very attractive and seems to soak up light like a black hole. I don't expect glare to ever be an issue.
Sights are nice and bright and the picture is sharp.
The trigger is fantastic, slight take up to the wall, no creep, and a very clean break with no over-travel.
Balance is great, just as described.

This is my first actual 1911 though I have other very nice SA, hammer-fired guns. I'm thankful that I was able to afford a high quality brand/model for my first true 1911. I can't wait to get it to the range and give it a go.

I do kind of wish that I had been able to get the checkered mainspring housing. I think I may order a set of the Challis standard grip bushings and pick up a set of standard grips to see if that makes the gun feel more secure in my strong hand. I have no doubt I could master this as it is but if a relatively inexpensive change could make the grip even better, why not. And I've got my sights set on a pair of ivory white g10 grips that I think would compliment the finish nicely.
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Old 02-21-2020, 03:36 PM
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Very nice, looks great.
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Old 02-21-2020, 04:11 PM
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Thank you Sir.
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Old 02-21-2020, 07:48 PM
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Awesome. Sharp & attractive gun.



Looks like it's not alone with another 1911 in the pic above it.



Let us know how it does on the range.

Even in .45 with the lw frame I think you'll be pleased with how it handles. The checking and this grips will anchor it in hand.
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Old 02-21-2020, 08:13 PM
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Haven't picked mine up yet. Our State recently passed enhanced background checks that require county Sheriff checks, even for CCW holders. Waiting on that now. Hoping I'll be able to pick it up no later than Friday, as it's been adding 5 or 6 days to the process.
What State has the new enhanced background checks ?
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Old 02-21-2020, 08:37 PM
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The stainless 1911 above it is just a picture on the cleaning mat.

WA, since July of '19.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:21 PM
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The stainless 1911 above it is just a picture on the cleaning mat.

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LMAO.....crystal clear image on the mat.


That...and/or I need to wear my glasses.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:58 PM
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Nice grips on the Guardian! I was going to change mine out this evening and then realized I don't have a good set of hex heads.

Do you know what size you used to change them out?
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Old 02-21-2020, 10:22 PM
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Thanks. It takes a 3/32s
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:11 AM
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Very nice. A Guardian will be my next one.
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Old 02-22-2020, 09:44 PM
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Congratulations on the new Guardian. You're going to love it!
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Old 02-27-2020, 08:42 PM
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Installed a thicker set of grips. Another pair of Stoners
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