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Dan Wesson Specialist, the 1911 evolved.

The Dan Wesson Specialist, a culmination of mission-specific features applied to the tried and true 1911 platform. For some reason, Dan Wesson discontinued the Specialist in 2019 but thankfully reintroduced it at SHOT show 2020 with some updated changes. Let’s go through those first. The serrations of the top of the slide are no longer […]

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1911 School, Feeding Part 2 of 3.

The 1911 style pistol with internal extractor, as originally designed. The extractor’s role in feeding is often misunderstood and underestimated. Most important is the deflection. That is, the amount of the wall behind the claw that protrudes beyond the guide block into the breech area…and this is where I’ve found problems in pistols produced in […]

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Dan Wesson Discretion, where have you been all my life?

My first experience with Dan Wesson was when I reviewed the ECO a few years ago, you can find my review here, Dan Wesson ECO. Since then I have completed reviews on the Bruin and PM-C and now the Discretion. I have come to understand that Dan Wesson makes a fine handgun, and when the new Discretion arrived for […]

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Ballistic test of the .45 Auto,because they do not make a .46

Updated Would you believe there was a time when the .45 Auto was not a standard cartridge? Yea, me neither but it is true. The US Cavalry had been issued double action Colt revolvers chambered in .38 Long Colt in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The .38 Caliber round was less effective against enemies […]

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Full Length Guide Rod and the 1911

Full Length Guide Rod and the 1911   A question came up about full length guide rods’ function is preventing spring “kink” or flexion.  This old fluroscope photograph of a 1911 caught at the instant of firing shows that it can’t happen with the original guide rod…with only 5 or 6 unsupported coils.  The spring’s […]

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Ballistic test .45 Auto pistol vs carbine.

Ballistic test .45 Auto pistol vs carbine. A few years ago I published the differences in 9mm Luger ammunition performance when fired from a pistol and carbine. You can read that article by following this link. Now I have finished the Hi-Point carbine in .45 Auto review and the new Ruger ARX defensive ammunition I thought […]

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