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awpk03s
04-28-2012, 22:09
Well, this weekend has brought crapy weather and too much work around the house to go shooting yet, but as promised here is a detailed review with photos of my new (used) Dan Wesson Black Valor VBOB.

I will start with a couple of shots and thoughts on some of the individual components.

The barrel bushing is an EGW part (I believe) that is thick and beveled. It appears to be a very high quality part, and is fitted tightly to the barrel - but not too tightly. A wrench makes field stripping easier, but it is do-able by hand as well. The bushing is not finished in 'Duty Treatment' like the slide and frame. I thought I would have liked it to be black as well, but the more I look at it, I do like the look of it in the natural stainless.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03412.jpg

Next up is the slide stop. I REALLY like the flat ledge/shelf style of this part. The serrations are a nice touch too. I believe this is the same slide stop that Nighthawk used on my two prior pistols - sans the serrations. Dan Wesson does not include the relief notch on the slide stop to help the user avoid the 'idiot scratch' upon re-assembly. This would be a nice touch if they would do so, but personally I do not have a problem with it as is.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03413.jpg

A couple shots here of the barrel, lugs, throat, and feet.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03414.jpg
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A look inside the slide, shows the serial number matching the frame - all critical parts are truly fitted and marked to each other. No visible tooling marks or anything else to speak of.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03421.jpg

awpk03s
04-28-2012, 22:09
Feed ramp is nicely cut and polished.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03428.jpg

A look at the VIS in the frame.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03429.jpg

Here is how the bushing fits up to the barrel when assembled. Note the nice crown on the barrel, and the checkering on the plug is very nicely done.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03431.jpg

Front strap checkering is very nicely done. It's cut very high up, and the 25lpi is very grippy.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03432.jpg

awpk03s
04-28-2012, 22:10
The trigger guard is nicely undercut.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03433.jpg

Grip safety fit is excellent. It is sensitive, but not overly so.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03434.jpg

The bobtail is perfectly blended and installed.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03435.jpg

Note how the barrel and ramp line up in the frame.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03442.jpg

Breach face end of the slide.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03443.jpg

awpk03s
04-28-2012, 22:10
Slide to frame fit is probably one of the tightest I have seen.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03437.jpg

Sights... I changed out the rear sight from the factory Heinie straight eight single dot Ledge, to a Heinie 3D (2 dot) ledge rear. Front sight arrived with most of the white ring dissolved - so I replaced it with an XS Standard Dot night sight.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03438.jpg
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03439.jpg
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03440.jpg

awpk03s
04-28-2012, 22:11
Here are some shots of the whole pistol. The Wilson Bulletproof Ambi is an excellent part. The IonBond finish on it is an excellent color match to the Duty Treatment as well.

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03430.jpg
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03436.jpg
http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03444.jpg

Overall - I can say this is a fantastically built pistol. At $1479 I feel I got a great deal on it, but truth be told, it's probably worth the price DW is asking for it. Having run a long gamut of 1911s over the years (Springfield, Dan Wesson, ATI, Nighthawk, S&W), I can say that this VBOB is a much nicer pistol than the Dan Wessons I have owned in the past (CBOB, CCO, Valor). Not taking anything away from those guns, but the new Wessons are just THAT good.
My most recent 1911s were Nighthawk Custom pistols, which were excellent guns - but after seeing this VBOB, I honestly feel foolish for having spent the money I did on the Nighthawks. The Nighthawks had a slightly better grip safety feel (more sensitive) and a lighter feeling trigger (no pull gauge available) though.

The VBOB fits my hand perfectly. The 25lpi checkering, and the VZ grips combine for a very grippy feel, and the bobtail totally fits my hand like a glove.
The slide feels like it's riding on ball bearings, and the trigger feels excellent. All surfaces of the slide and frame must have been polished very nicely before treatment, they are super smooth.

I realize this is a little scattered - I will have some more and better thoughts after a range session - but I am very enamored with this pistol. Having now only this one 1911 in my collection - I really feel I have the PERFECT 1911 for ME.

Closing shot of the VBOB with....ghast... Glocks!

http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t310/mba656/guns/DSC03477.jpg


Enjoy.

venenoindy
04-29-2012, 02:07
Great pics!

bac1023
04-29-2012, 06:24
Very nice review

Rinspeed
04-29-2012, 11:22
Great pics of a great looking 1911, kind of a shame they didn't put a little more time into polishing the the barrel.

SigFTW
04-30-2012, 07:11
Very nice!!!!!

Slide to frame fit looks very tight, I bet it as smooth as glass when you rack it!

Cobra64
04-30-2012, 17:09
Congrats! :cool:

Excellent photography, BTW.

tim12232
04-30-2012, 19:50
What a gorgeous piece you have there! Dont ever get rid of it! thats a hand me down piece and I am willing to become your son haha!

Folsom_Prison
04-30-2012, 21:44
Very purdy pistol!!