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08-11-2011, 18:50
Looking for opinions on a Dan Wesson Pointman 7.

Quality, parts, finish...what kind of a shooter is it?

Compared to a Valor?


08-11-2011, 18:55
From what I know they are a good gun for the money when they were new. The new DW valor is a big step up in quality.

The Valor really blurs the line of High end production and Semi custom.

08-11-2011, 18:58

What makes the Valor a big step up in quality? Assuming we're comparing stainless steel weapons, not the ceramic coated Valor.

08-11-2011, 19:12
The newer Valors are just a lot better as far as fit and finish. A lot of it is just in big upgrades to the machining and parts.

This is a good read on the Valor.


08-11-2011, 19:44
Looking for opinions on a Dan Wesson Pointman 7.

Quality, parts, finish...what kind of a shooter is it?

Compared to a Valor?


Nice gun, but no Valor.

08-11-2011, 20:35

(first mag through this gun.)

Coming from someone who has one and one that was made in 2010, it's a great gun. As a matter of fact, it's the best 1911 that I have personally owned out of 5 1911's. (Kimber, Colt, Springfield, Norinco, etc.)I know that's not a huge spectrum to judge by, but let's put it this way...

When I was in the market for a new 1911, I went to a really large gun store locally that has a pretty huge 1911 section. I asked the salesman to show me every 1911 with BoMar-esque adjustable sights because I like to really dial my sights in. Most of the guns were in the same price range. There were examples from Kimber, Smith and Wesson, Colt, Springfield Armory, Para, etc. BY FAR, the Dan Wesson PM7 was the best fit and finished 1911 in the bunch. It had the best trigger and, in general, it seemed like a lot more work had gone into making it function seamlessly than the other examples. As a matter of fact, the others seemed clunky in comparison. There was no competition. Even the salesman pointed that out. He said that the Dan Wessons that had been coming in were head and shoulders above the rest and that the DW's made the Colts in the case look and feel like junkers. The choice was made and I haven't turned back.

From the website:

The Pointman Seven is a 5” series 70 style 1911 featuring a forged (new in 2010) stainless steel frame and forged stainless steel slide. Like all Dan Wesson 1911s, Pointman models incorporate top quality parts from the best names in the industry

Forged, one piece match grade barrel and bushing.
Round top slide with Bo-Mar style adjustable target sight
Hand polished flat surfaces with contrasting bead blasted rounds
Flat, all steel 20-LPI checkered mainspring housing
Front and rear cocking serrations
Beveled magwell
All sharp edges dehorned by hand
Lowered and flared ejection port
Hand polished feed ramp
Ed Brown slide stop
Ed Brown memory groove grip safety
Tactical extended thumb safety
One piece full length stainless guide rod
Commander style match hammer
Match grade sear
Aluminum trigger with stainless bow
Extended serrated magazine catch
Wolff springs used exclusively
Diamond checkered coco-bolo grips
Tuned, machined, internal extractor
Test fired for reliability
38 ounces unloaded

...not to mention that a lot of the new parts are machined in-house out of tool steel and there are ZERO MIM parts. Also, 100% made in the USA.

I've handled the Valor, the CCO, the Guardian, the Marksman, the Heritage and to be perfectly honest, (I have no need to be less than 100% honest), I saw really no difference in fit or finish. They were all very good. Now, that doesn't mean that more work hasn't gone into the interior workings. I can only comment on my experience with my PM7 and physically handling the others. What I can say is that my PM7 is a really great 1911 and is everything I ever wanted in the platform.


12-28-2011, 22:31
My Dan Wesson 1911 is a 10mm Match It is very accurate and has functioned perfectly since new. I bought a .40 cal barrel and recoil spring from Dan Wesson direct. It was a perfect fit. I'm able to shoot .40 cal whenever 10mm ammo is scarce. It feeds off the 10 mm magazines.
I also have a Glock 17 with the "3.5 lb Ghost Trigger Kit". I enjoy shooting it as well.

01-10-2012, 10:20
I do not own a PM-7 but am a great fan of Dan Wesson 1911's. I have the older bued Pointman in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP and the newer PM-9 in 9mm. Nice tight slide to frame fit, great factory trigger and sights - overall a great value for the $. The newer PM-9 also includes a checked front strap , undercut frame and fiber optic front sight and is super accurate.

01-10-2012, 10:24
I have an early(Pre CZ) DW-PM7,
its has a 3 digit S/N number.
For what I paid for it, the quality is outstanding
and has a very nice trigger.