Dan Wesson Razorback, one round to rule them all.

It was a few months ago the Dan Wesson Razorback arrived and we got right to work on the review. After I was convinced it was reliable with a good cross section of defensive ammunition I started carrying the pistol every day. So my review will cover the pistol as an every day carry handgun.

Range Time 

First Impressions 

I made some changes after the first couple hundred rounds. Here you can see I swapped in slot stock screws in place of the factory hex head stock screws. I like to be able to detail strip a 1911 without tools and with hex head stock screws you cannot.

 

The pistol is all stainless with a forged receiver and slide. All the small parts are steel with no MIM or cast parts. You will notice here I have swapped the factory wooden double diamond stock to a set of Alumagrips.  While the factory stocks were quite attractive, with the hotter 10mm Auto rounds the Alumagrips gave me a better purchase on the pistol.

The extended thumb safety snapped on and off with an audible click. The extended ledge on the thumb safety gave some extra real estate to not only manipulate the safety but a firm ledge for your thumb to ride on during live fire. This method can help mitigate some muzzle rise under recoil.  The trigger was very nice, breaking at five and three-quarter pounds, with little take up and just a bit of overtravel.

The grip safety has a deep beavertail for comfortable and secure purchase on the pistol. With an incorporated palm swell on the grip safety, you have a bit of added insurance of disengaging the grip safety.  All steel mainspring housing is well checkered.

The sights are dovetailed in and worked very well with the rear being drift adjustable. The front sight is textured but is all black so it could get lost on a black silhouette target. I painted some White Out on the front sight and that helped a great deal adding some contrast to the front sight against the rear sight.  If this were my pistol I believe I’d be swapping in a front night sight or brass bead.

After about 600 rounds downrange, from standard ball target rounds to several types of defensive JHPs, there were no failures or stoppages. The ramped barrel is five inches and has a supported chamber. All the small parts show no signs of wear or breakage. While 600 rounds is not a lot of ammunition down range if there was a problem with the gun or timing it would have shown up by now.

The pistol averaged three rounds just under two inches at twenty five yards from a rest.

Accuracy chart three rounds shot from a rest

Conclusions 

I have been reviewing firearms for near ’bout 20 years, with Range Hot being about five years old. I have had a few publishers before I began writing for myself so I do have some experience in this field. I would say the 1911 pattern pistol would account for almost half of the guns I have tested and I can say without hesitation the Razorback is my favorite 1911 I have ever reviewed and very close to the top of all firearms I have reviewed. I did find a few things I would change but none of those were deal breakers, were easily corrected, and they may not be an issue for many individuals.  I see this pistol marketed to the handgun hunter as being a primary or secondary firearm for the sportsman, lending itself to being a fine hiking and trail defense pistol. In my opinion, it also makes a fine every day carry handgun. With the supported chamber, I had no apprehensions about running the full power 10mm ammo which gives you excellent choices for personal defense from two or four legged critters. With a quality holster and gun belt, the 1911 carries and conceals well with trigger and ergonomics that has set the standard of handguns. That platform has a lot going for it as a defensive sidearm. Add in the quality of Dan Wesson and the 10mm Auto chambering you can understand why I feel the way I do. I have all confidence in this pistol and am satisfied with it.

Specifications 

Caliber: 10mm Auto 
Magazine Capacity: 8
Frame Material: Forged Stainless
Slide Finish: Brushed
Stocks: Wood
Overall Length: 8.75 in
Barrel Length: 5in
Height: 5.5 in
Width: 1.45 in
Weight: 40.1 oz
Trigger MechSingle Action
Front Sight: Serrated
Rear Sight: drift adjustable
Safety: Manual thumb safety, grip safety
MSRP: $1,480

Acknowledgments 

Dan Wesson 

Alumagrips 

Next Holster 

DoubleTap Ammunition 

Defender Ammunition 

Hornady 

Sig Sauer Ammunition 

 

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11 Responses to Dan Wesson Razorback, one round to rule them all.

  1. Rich D'Auria December 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm #

    An in depth article by an experienced writer who I have been following for over 11 years, as I totally trust his analysis!

    • Hunter Elliott December 11, 2018 at 1:46 am #

      Thank you very much my friend. I do hope you have been well.

  2. Bob Bonenfant December 10, 2018 at 11:47 pm #

    Great review Hunter on a very good rendition of the 1911 platform. Dan Wesson aka CZ make a great pistol and this one is just another example.

    Take Care

    Bob

    • Hunter Elliott December 11, 2018 at 1:46 am #

      Thank you my friend. Article shared on your site.

  3. jason December 11, 2018 at 6:34 pm #

    Nice review Hunter. Add another gun to the wish list!

    This whole unsupported vs. supported chamber thing, surprised to see you bring it up here, did I not just read an article about that on this website- saying that an unsupported barrel is not really any concern if you are using legit spec ammo, that you only have to worry if you are using the dangerously over the top nuclear loads?

    I ask as someone that just bought a Colt Delta Elite. I’ve heard so many different opinions on this subject…whats the reality? As near as I can tell the stout Buffalo Bore and Doubletap stuff should be fine in a Delta.

    • Hunter Elliott December 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm #

      You are totally correct Jason. In spec ammo will be fine in any pistol chambered in 10mm, the Delta Elite included. I have a couple of Deltas and have shot the hot stuff through them with zero issues. I bring it up because it is a big deal to some and not so much to others. I try to point out the features and let the reader decide if that truly matters. The Dan Wesson has a bit more support at the case webbing than the Delta BUT the 10mm brass is much thicker at the webbing for this very reason.
      The only real difference it may make is if you had an overcharged round, you have just a touch more support in that case. How much difference in the real world does that matter? Not very much.
      Thank you for the kind words.

  4. Wade Landeche December 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm #

    Looking good, and running good!

  5. AZSixGuns January 5, 2019 at 10:32 am #

    Great site, thank you!

    I do agree, Dan Wesson makes some of the finest production 1911 pistols. I do prefer the Valor model due to the 25 LPI checkering in the front, and the 2-dot night sites. For the three Valors that I own (VBob 45, Commander 9mm, and Govt 10mm) all seem to run a lighter trigger than the Razorback at about 4 lbs. I’m not sure if accuracy is better with the Valors over the Razorback, I suspect that is a matter of how well the match barrel is fitted to the gun.

    That would be an interesting test for the two guns – Valor vs Razorback. The gun I shoot the best is the Dan Wesson Bruin, but this may be a result of being older and the longer site radius.

    I’d like to see Dan Wesson add RMR cut to their Govt. Valor and a rounded butt magwell option.

  6. Rocky Carey January 16, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

    How does Dan Wesson compare to Les Baer? I own couple DW love them but curious about Baer if they are significantly better or really not enough better to justify cost differerences.
    Thanks
    Rocky

    • Hunter Elliott January 16, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

      Rocky I admit I have only shot a couple of Les Baers so my experience on Baers is somewhat limited. With that said in my opinion Dan Wesson is just as nice of a handgun. I believe with Dan Wesson you are getting the best value of a high end pistol for the money. Past that you have surpassed the law of diminishing returns.

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