Gun Preview: Dan Wesson ECO 9mm by Dan Zimmerman | May 30, 2013 | 14 comments facebook twitter linkedin email The Grants give the Dan Wesson ECO 9mm officer-sized 1911 a go. Full review to follow. comments Jeff the Griz says: May 30, 2013 at 11:18 Another 1911 I will never afford… Reply MN Matt says: May 30, 2013 at 11:40 In the interest of full disclosure, I have never shot or even held a 1911. I admire the gun, at the very least from a historical perspective. There – that’ll probably have the old farts complain about “Kids these days.” But I can’t fathom dropping $1600 (or more!) on a handgun that I’m going to beat up on carrying all day and that I might have to turn around and give up if, God forbid, I have to use it for real. It’s hard enough to drop another $150 onto the gun for good sights. I simply do not understand über expensive carry guns. Reply In Memphis says: May 30, 2013 at 11:47 You know if price is the big issue keeping you away from 1911s, a good RIA can be had for about $500. Its not a Dan Wesson but its reliable and has a great warranty. Reply Loyd says: May 30, 2013 at 12:01 +1 on the Rock Island Reply tdiinva says: May 30, 2013 at 12:10 You will not find a smoother stock trigger than the one on the 1911. You can by a Springfield Milspec for about $700. Despite the popularity of the plastic framed Glocks and Springfields the 1911 platform is by no means out of date. My 5’4″/120lb wife regularly shoots 1/4″ groups at 15-20 yards with mine and she doesn’t shoot 45 very often. Reply RightYouAreKen says: May 30, 2013 at 12:11 To me it’s like plunking down big money on a nice watch, or something like that. It’s probably going to see some wear and tear, but you’ll feel fancy carrying it. Some like that appeal, some don’t. I don’t love carrying 1911s in general because of their bits and bobs that stick out (beavertail and hammer jab me in the love handles, ouch!) so my Dan Wesson is a bit of a safe queen. I mostly got it to have a “quality” piece to play with occasionally. Reply MN Matt says: May 30, 2013 at 12:32 I totally get the watch analogy. With where I’m at in my firearms hobby (read: the beginning), I feel that my money should be going something other than a 1911, at least right now. I hope to someday experience shooting a quality 1911…it’s just not in the cards yet. Reply OODAloop says: May 30, 2013 at 13:39 I carry either a Springfield 1911 EMP or Dan Wesson CCO every day. Yup, they’re $1K apiece, but I take them to all my training classes, run IDPA-style courses with them and they’re the tools I use to protect myself. I’ve got over 8000 rounds thru the EMP, which at current 9mm ammo costs ($450/1K) would be approx $3600, so compared to that, $1000 for the pistol is nothing. The Dan Wesson has about the same. Like the old parachute saying, do you really want the cheapest one available? Reply Yosef Rosen says: March 18, 2016 at 09:24 What kind of ammo do you run through your EMP for training and carry? Thx, YR Reply RightYouAreKen says: May 30, 2013 at 12:06 Looking forward to the review. My Dan Wesson Guardian .45 ACP (commander sized 1911 with alloy frame) has been flawless, and is beautifully fitted. Reply JMS says: May 30, 2013 at 12:26 BIG Dan Wesson fan. Very hard to beat the fit, finish, and parts quality of their 1911’s anywhere near the same price range these days. If I weren’t broke, I’d have a Dan Wesson Valor customized by Severn’s Custom and I’d probably have an ECO also. But, alas, I am broke so it’ll just have to wait. Reply pcrh says: May 30, 2013 at 14:18 +1. Reply JL says: May 30, 2013 at 12:50 The Monarch! Reply TRUTHY says: May 30, 2013 at 17:04 Ho Hum, another 1911 Reply Write a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.