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Last year I was looking for a commander size 1911 in 45 ACP and stumbled on the Dan Wesson Classic Bobtail. After doing some research on the web and finding a lot of people that had positive results I found a used one on Gunbroker and made the purchase.

When the gun came it had been fired but was clean and oiled. Out of the box I was very impressed and so was my FFL. The fit and finish of the gun are were excellent with a slide to frame fit that was tight and the barrel lockup was tight as well. I believe the night sights are made by Champion but are almost identical to Novak.


I took it to the range and set a target up around 30 feet. Right away I was impressed with the accuracy especially compared to a Springfield Champion that I owned but the gun seemed to be shooting left.



This is my second target aiming for the right hand number 9.



Since the gun was so tight I decided to run it for a while without cleaning. I shot some of my reloads which are 200 grain lead semi wadcutters loaded warm. The gun ran for almost 250 rounds before choking due to lead buildup in the match chamber. When I took it apart to clean it I found that the barrel bushing was pretty loose and asked about it on the 1911 forum. I got a response from one of the Dan Wesson employees saying that they had an issue with soft bushings in the early models so I purchased a replacement from Ed Brown and it fit the gun perfectly.

Here are two five shot groups after the bushing install:



It still seems to be shooting left but not like it was before. So far I have nearly 1000 rounds through the gun and am very happy with it. The only hiccups have been when the chamber got really dirty and this won't be a problem shooting quality jacketed self defense ammo. The trigger is about right for a combat handgun and good for concealed carry. The bobtail feature is really nice, especially if you have ever bent over the wrong way and had your gun stab you in the ribs.

 

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:popcorn: I could look at those pics all day! That's a sweet gun! Nice shooting groups as well! I've been wanting a 1911 for quite a while, but it'll have to wait a while. :crying: Until then, I'll just oogle yours. :drool:
 

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:thumbsup: Beautiful Gun; Looks like you made a great choice ,also some nice shooting,love those 1911's.
 

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Very nice gun, and some awesome shooting. :shades:
 

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Beautiful 1911 and great groups on those targets. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a 1911. I really enjoy mine.
 

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Very nice - thanks for doing a review, I've seen that pistol in your avatar image for days and wanted to see a larger image.

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Great review and beautiful gun! I love the clean look of the CBOB. Looks like it's a shooter too.

What mag do you use for carry? Also, out of curiosity, does is have a blue ejector? I saw another one of these that had a blue ejector.

It looks like the bushing is blue in one pic and SS in the other? Which is the Brown?

Looks good, enjoy it~
 

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I use a Chip McCormick Shooting Star, without the basepad, loaded with 8 rounds. The spare I carry in my mag pouch has the pad.

The CMC's have always performed well in all of my 1911's. The one in the top pick is a Pachmayr that is a 7 rounder and the lower pic is a Shooting Star with a base pad. I want to make a short basepad for the CMC so that I don't damage it on a quick mag change.

As far as I know they have always made the Bobtail with the blued steel extractor. I thought I read somewhere that Bob Serva preferred a steel extractor over stainless.

The original bushing was blued steel and the Ed Brown is stainless. It is on the tight side but I have had no issues since changing it out.
 

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Very nice review! I have been drooling over one of these for the past few months. It's the first 1911 that I can say I really like the feel of in my hand. Hopefully someday soon I will own one.
 

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Ramiguy said:
Very nice review! I have been drooling over one of these for the past few months. It's the first 1911 that I can say I really like the feel of in my hand. Hopefully someday soon I will own one.
For the money I don't think there is a nicer 1911 on the market. The fit and finish it top notch, better than anything I have seen from Kimber, Colt, or Springfield which are similarly priced.

The frame on all of the commander and government sized 1911's are the same. What you feel different is probably the checkering on the front strap or the grips. Checkering adds a lot of cost to a gun but somehow Dan Wesson figured out a way to put it on the gun while keeping the price reasonable. I actually find the grips on this gun to be a little too slim but they are great for carrying.
 

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Impact has a 10mm in stock that I go drool over from time to time. Its the next gun on my list but due to the fact that it costs double what any of the other guns I own do its gonna take a while to save :crying:
 

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thx997303 said:
I had heard that the Dan Wessons weren't good, I guess I was misinformed, that thing looks great.
The Pre-CZ Dan Wessons were known to have issues but I haven't heard a bad review on them since CZ took over the company :thumbsup:
 

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I was at Cabela's yesterday where they had the 10mm. Couldn't resist having a feel after seeing those pics. Very very nice gun :drool:
 
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