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.
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
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.