(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.