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Thread: My new dan wesson valkyrie 9mm commander

  1. #1
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    Default My new dan wesson valkyrie 9mm commander

    I have been wanting to add a 9mm 1911 commander to my carry fleet. I originally was going to purchase a DW Guardian 9mm from a member on my local gun forum, but he backed out of the deal at the last minute. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as I found this new Valkyrie at my LGS. The Valkyrie is a discontinued model, so I was able to get it for about the same price as a new Guardian, even though it normally sells for hundreds more.

    The frame is lightweight alloy, so the gun is lightweight and carries very well. It doesn't have the bobtail like the Guardian, but you can see in the photos that the grip is slightly rounded which helps reduce printing. The fit and finish on this gun is simply outstanding. There is literally NO slide-to-frame movement; the gun feels like it was carved out of a single piece of billet. The duty finish is flawless, and the G-10 slimline grips cause the gun to fit my hand just right. I now understand why Dan Wesson 1911's are so sought-after.

    Because of the very tight tolerances, the manual has a very specific break-in schedule to follow for the first 500 rounds: Shoot 50 rounds then field strip and clean, 50 rounds then field strip and clean, etc. They also recommend only round-nose FMJ ammo be used during the break-in (no Hollow Points). The manual also says that, because of the tight tolerances, one should expect to experience malfunctions (mainly slide-related, not going fully into battery, etc) during the break-in period. So it was with some trepidation that I took it to the range for the first time, expecting malfunctions, etc. I was very pleasantly surprised that I actually experienced NO malfunctions at all. I cheated and fired 75 rounds instead of 50 before field-strip and cleaning. The gun was dead-nuts accurate (requires a 6 o'clock hold) and performed flawlessly; a pure joy to shoot.

    I am very pleased with this purchase. Once broken in, it will be one of the primary guns in my carry rotation.

    See this link for specs and full details:
    http://danwessonfirearms.com/product...rie-commander/





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    NICE! Very Nice!
    http://bawanna45.wix.com/bawannas-grip-emporium#!
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    Agreed, very nice indeed
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    I like those sights too.
    The only thing better than having all the guns and ammo you'd ever need would be being able to shoot it all off the back porch.

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    Yeah, DW produces excellent 1911's. I turned to them a couple years back when I was looking for a 3'5 " bbl lw in 9mm. Got an ECO...very nice gun.
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    Thumbs up Dan Wesson

    Congratulations on a fine firearm.
    My DW V-Bob manual was very specific about what types of oil to lubricate.
    FP-10, Militec-1 or Dan Wesson Rail Lube (No CLP or Hoppes).
    I'm using Militec 1 with mine.
    I also cheated with the breakin
    Lubed it up and ran 300 FMJs followed by 200 Federal HST JHPs straight up.
    Had one early fail to return to battery (FMJ) and that's it

    Cool thing about my V-Bob is I could field strip it with my bare hands right out of the box!

    Enjoy your DW

    V-Bob with a Tripp Cobra 10 round mag -

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    I have a DW Classic Commander Bobtail, a previous version of a V-Bob, and a 9mm ECO. I had some problems with the Bobtail when it was new, but the ECO has been fine after the first several mags. The Bobtail was my first 1911 pattern pistol and I found I prefer a normal 1911 grip profile that keeps the entire backstrap against the hand, which makes for better shooting. Of course, the reduced bobtail grip profile conceals better. Another shooting versus carrying tradeoff...
    I am especially fond of the ECO, which carries and shoots very well. FYI, Wilson Combat makes 9 round 9mm magazines for Officer grip size pistols that are only slightly longer than 8 round mags.

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    Congratulations. That is a beautiful, and functional, 1911. I expect you will enjoy it.
    Aftermarket accessories for Kahr Pistols at https://lakelinellc.com/
    There are always more in the pipeline...

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    My CBob daily carry with some hippo tooth I made some grips out of. Not for the Cbob unfortunately.

    http://bawanna45.wix.com/bawannas-grip-emporium#!
    In Memory of Paul "Dietrich" Stines.
    Dad: Say something nice to your cousin Shirley
    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

    RIP Muggsy & TMan

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    What a beauty……I'm jealous!
    Keep us posted on the break in!!!

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