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From Dan Wesson . . .

Specific characteristics are essential when it comes to a concealed carry handgun. The Dan Wesson Enhanced Compact Pistol (ECP) and Tactical Compact Pistol (TCP) check all the boxes for reliability, accuracy, ergonomics, and weight. Both compact 1911 pistols deliver serious firepower in 9 mm and .45 ACP configurations.

The Enhanced Compact Pistol is a traditional 1911 design with modern styling and enhancements. The ECP sports a stainless-steel slide and a forged aluminum frame, keeping the weight to a mere 29 oz. Tapered G10 grips and a bobbed mainspring housing enhance the pistol’s ergonomics, affording shooters with smaller hands an easier reach to the trigger. A tri-topped slide wears aggressive side serrations for superior grip. Its top rib knocks down glare, while the new U-notch rear sight mates perfectly with the brass bead front sight for rapid target acquisition.

Dan Wesson TCP
Dan Wesson TCP

The Tactical Compact Pistol includes the same performance elements of the ECP while adding tactical features like a 1913 Picatinny rail for a light or laser and a one-piece flared magwell for tactical reloads. TCP has a compact stainless tri-topped slide and aggressive slide serrations – modern, practical, and stylish additions. Its top rib helps reduce glare, and it features a new U-notch rear sight with a whopping .156” wide notch paired with a brass bead front sight.

The TCP’s grips are also new, with a tapered profile – slim at the top and full-width at the bottom – giving shooters with smaller hands an easier reach to the trigger. With three facets that mimic the distinctive slide, their serrated features encourage a high, deep grip. The TCP tips the scales at just 32-ounces, perfect for daily carry.

A bull barrel is inherently more accurate than thinner profiles. It increases the forward weight of the 1911 and slows down unlocking for smoother shooting. The ECP and TCP wear a match-grade 4-inch barrel with a 30-degree crown and flush cut for easier disassembly. Its recoil system uses a flat wire recoil spring rated for 15,000 rounds in .45 ACP: that’s three times the round count of a typical 1911 dual recoil spring setup! Both pistols use a flat K-style trigger and a square commander-style hammer.

Dan Wesson TCP
Dan Wesson TCP

Dan Wesson Firearms’ ECP and TCP compact 1911 pistols are reliable, robust, and accurate. Their modern styling and enhanced performance features make them an ideal concealed carry weapon.

Dan Wesson ECP and TCP Features:

U-notch rear sight for faster alignment
Brass bead front sight provides a high visibility front sight
Serrated flat top rib reduces glare between the front and rear sight
A 1913 Picatinny rail for adding a light or laser (TCP only)
Bull barrel enhances accuracy and smooths shooting
Square commander-style hammer; a new tactical design
Flat K style trigger (a 3-hole layout that looks like a ‘K’)
Frontstrap 25 LPI checkering, excellent grip without being too aggressive (ECP)
Mainspring housing 25 LPI checkering provides superb grip.
Bobbed mainspring housing reduces frame size, equals less CC printing (ECP)
Flared magwell funnel speeds reload (TCP)
Bull barrel with a 30-degree crown; its flush-cut provides an easier disassembly

Dan Wesson ECP Pistol Specifications:

Caliber: .45 ACP (01883); 9 mm (01884)
Magazine Capacity: 8 (.45 ACP); 9 (9 mm)
Frame: Forged aluminum
Slide Finish: Duty finish
Sights: Front brass; Rear U-notch
Grips: G10
Overall Length: 7.64-inches
Barrel: 4-inches
Height: 5.4-inches
Width: 1.25-inches
Weight: 29-ounces
Trigger Mech: Single action
Safety: Manual thumb safety; Grip safety
MSRP: $1,705.00 – $1,739.00

Dan Wesson TCP Pistol Specifications:

Caliber: 9 mm (01845); .45 ACP (01846)
Magazine Capacity: 9 (9 mm); 8 (.45 ACP)
Frame: Forged Aluminum
Slide Finish: Duty finish
Sights: Front brass; Rear U-notch
Grips: G10
Overall Length: 7.64-inches
Barrel: 4-inches
Height: 5.6-inches
Width: 1.25-inches
Weight: 32-ounces
Trigger Mech: Single action
Safety: Manual thumb safety; Grip safety
MSRP: $1,809.00 – $1,845.00

Each Dan Wesson Firearms revolver bears the name of Daniel B. Wesson, who founded Wesson Firearms Co., Inc. in 1968. His goal was to build the finest revolvers that the shooting world had ever seen. As a result of his hardwork and dedication his firearms are known for their innovation, indestructibility, and match-grade accuracy.

Continuing in his footsteps, Dan Wesson Firearms joined the world’s largest firearms producer CZ in 2005. The Dan Wesson legacy continues with new and exciting products and innovations from the excellent people of CZ and Dan Wesson Firearms.

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  1. Sure would be nice to have a backup in 45 acp. My birthday is coming up soon if anyone is interested. LOL

    • I had a BM Star in 9mm that was pretty slick, my oldest son has it now. Would I trade it for my .45 ,,,, No .
      Hmmm hes a Oregon liberal that hates gunms, wonder if I could swap him two .380 HiPoints? I need to mention to him how a 9mm blows the lungs out of people, specially when I mention JB said its so.

    • If you mean an accurate, soft shooting abomination than yes, they are. I prefer 45 in 1911’s but they’re great shooters in 9mm, particularly in light weight frames where 45 is unpleasant. The only thing holding them back per se is capacity.

      • Wedge, I own 1/2 dozen+ pistols chambered in 9mm. They were designed from the ground up to be chambered for 9mm. There’s just something about a bore that small in a 1911 platform that rubs me the wrong way. 10mm? Absolutely. .38 Super? Ok, if you live in a country where martial calibers are verboten. (Move) But, 9mm in a true 1911? No thanks. Oh, remember that softer shooting means softer hitting. It’s simple physics.

  2. Looked at and fired several Dan Wesson 1911 45s while I was looking to add a 1911 to my collection. I would consider DWs among the best “bang for the buck” 1911s available.

    Almost purchased a DW Discretion. Happened upon a NIB Para 14.45 at an awesome price, purchased that instead.

    IMHO, every collection needs at least one 1911. For those with XL hands, a double stack 1911.

  3. “Staff Writer” ?!
    DW press release…

    C’mon man.
    How about “Sponsored Content “
    Please don’t mistreat your readership.

    • Yes, this is a press release and is identified as such at the top. You obviously had no trouble figuring that out. We run press releases of interest from time to time.

      This is not, in fact, sponsored content. Those are posts we are paid to run and we identify those clearly, too. We were not paid to post this press release.

    • Sponsored or not , who gives sht. Its not like it cost money. I’ve noticed the true sponsored contents do not have a comment section

  4. I love my DW 1911’s. I have two Valors and a Classic bobtail. All are great shooters and very accurate. One of the Valors is blued as opposed to their duty finish and I think the finish compares well to any other high end pistol done in blue.

  5. The truth about gunms:
    In my opinion nothing beats a full size 1911, bone stock, as the true weapon of hand held defensive pistol. The weight reducing recoil, the balance, the slide reciprocation returning front sight on target, speed of returning locking battery, caliber. In my opinion the government model is the greatest close range( almost hand to hand) hand gunm every invented. Nothing wrong with commander models, you still fight the pistol to get an accurate double tap…….9mm are two shot cartridges. What I coulda got down with a 230 to two 115’s

    • Hard to argue with that. I add Magpuls $25 grips (good texture and nice thumb slot, really like em) with an extended mag release. Better sights and a magwell are a bonus as well but plain GI Jane is still good to go.

  6. I don’t know why more handguns aren’t available with an aluminum frame. I have an aluminum frame 1911 and I love it.


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