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CZ-USA 01987 Dan Wesson 1911 Guardian 8+1 45ACP

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Model: 01987
Condition: Factory New
Bud's Item Number: 70853
UPC: 806703019871

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CZ-USA had many requests to produce a Commander-sized 1911 in 9mm. In response, they've revived one of the early Dan Wesson 1911 models with a twist…
They have combined the best features from two of our most popular models, the Bobtail Commander and the CCO. The new Guardian has an anodized aluminum bobtail frame and an aluminum mainspring housing to help reduce printing when carrying concealed and make it comfortable enough for full-time carry. The Duty Black finished Commander-length slide and alloy frame give it just the right feel and balance. If you are looking for a lightweight Commander-sized 1911 in 9mm, .38 Super or .45 ACP, don’t pass up the Guardian.

Finish Cerakote Burnt Bronze
Type Pistol Frame
Action Break Open
Caliber 36 Black Powder
Barrel Length 7.375” Octagonal
Capacity 2
Safety External Safety
Grips Cocobolo
Sights Post
Weight 1.8 lbs
Finish Black
Type Semi-Automatic
Action Single
Caliber 45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)
Barrel Length 4.25"
Capacity 8 + 1
Safety Thumb and Grip Safety
Grips Stippled
Sights Night Sights
Weight 1.8 lbs

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Reviewed By: on 07/03/2016
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Great gun. Very concealable with the bobbed mainspring, lightweight, accurate and reliable. What's not to like.

Bud's was very good as well on this one. Helped me to work through an issue when my FFL flaked out on me.

Reviewed By: on 02/19/2016
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Handsome and very functional as a concealed carry weapon.

Reviewed By: on 12/14/2015
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Love this thing, bought it as a Christmas present to myself, shot some HST's and Winchester white box through it to get her going, ran right out of the box without a hiccup. The trigger is light, the pistol seems to be extremely accurate, and no pictures do this gun justice, she's a purdy one!

Reviewed By: on 12/14/2015
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
I have owned, handled and shot a slew of firearms working behind a gun counter for many years. I've personally owned a Taurus DT1911, Sig C3 and Springfield Loaded Stainless ( and loved them all ).

Taurus tends to get a sub-par rap, but I had no reason to complain at the price point I was able to get mine for. I still would recommend them for anyone just starting out and would like to stay within a smaller budget.

My Springfield ( which I still own ) has been superb. I love the look of the full length guide rod but needing tools to break it down is slightly inconvenient. When I clean my firearms I go all out; I dim the lights, light some candles and turn on Barry Manilow or Michael Bolton. Making sure I have an allen key around is pretty petty. I did switch out the smooth wood grips for some Kryptek grips from VZ but other than that, she's been a dream. Full figured, full steel track driver with zero malfunctions to date. ( 700-800 rounds ).

The Sig C3 opened my eyes on how versatile the 1911 platform could be. After giving it my normal frog lube treatment ( my preferred lubricant by far. Get on it! ), it was the smoothest action I had ever felt. With the GI guide rode, I could have it disassembled and ready to shoot in 60 seconds. The Frankenstein frame/slide combo was ideal for carry but the officer frame was JUST too short for my liking. I LOVED the look of the commander length slide and although my lanky, gorilla hands fit on the grip, getting that grip wasn't a natural process. The Sig C3 left my heart hurting but it's an awesome firearm.

I had long been looking at the Smith and Wesson PC1911 4.25" to replace my Sig C3 but then I discovered the offerings from Dan Wesson. I couldn't get any range time with either, so I fondled them as often as I could and probably longer than the local gun shop associate was comfortable with. Although I still have unsettled feelings about the Smith, the Dan Wesson Guardian has been burying those feelings quickly. I could go on about the fit, the finish, the grips, and yada yada yada but those tangibles are only part of what makes this gun special. Don't get me wrong, all of those things are amazing. But to me, this ( and MAYBE with the Valor as well ) could be the BEST bang for your buck commander 1911's out there. Anyone who knows 1911's also knows you don't always get what you pay for ( sometimes more, sometimes less ) and that after a certain point, you see extremely diminishing returns. ( a $2000 1911 is rarely twice as good as a $1000 1911, from my experience ).

The alternate colored night sights ( my rear is yellow while the front is green ), the amazing stippling on the front AND on the grips ( yes, the black part on the grips is stippled and provides very positive traction ), the "duty style " finish, Ed Brown parts and the tender love & care of a good hand fitting..... You usually don't get that kind of treatment under $2500-$3000. But for $1400? I buy this gun again if I had to do it over. And again. And again.

Note: My thumb safety and barrel bushing were both extremely tight upon arrival but after 300 rounds, they've both worn in perfectly. The safety is positive with no fear of false engagement and the bushing is very snug but I can still break it down with just my hands.

Reviewed By: on 06/03/2015
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
I own and operate a lot of handguns and rifles, from Taurus, Colt and Remington wheel-guns, to Sig Sauer, CZ', Beretta and Colt pistols;
and the Dan Wesson 1911 .45 Guardian, including fit/finish, handling and looks, is the finest one I own.

I was going to purchase a .45cal CZ . but, after agonizing a bit (a lot) over the $500.00 difference, I went for the Dan Wesson Guardian. And, I am glad I did after putting over 500+ rnds (450 hand-loads) downrange w/o a hiccup, as well as the other fine attributes of the Guardian, I am glad I kicked out the extra dough.

Per usual, Buds did a fine job of facilitating the purchase of this outstanding weapon.

Reviewed By: on 01/12/2013
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is one of my favorite handguns. Very light for a .45, the aluminum frame really makes a difference if you plan on carrying it all day. I took off the wood grips and put some tactical alumagrips on it. I also lightened the trigger to 3lbs. Other than that it is perfect. Magazines that came with it are first rate. I see the price went up though, I only paid $1200 for it 6 months ago..

Reviewed By: on 11/16/2012
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
The Guardian is the perfect carry gun. Great shooing gun I t shoots better than a person will every shoot. Shot 200 rounds no jams. Shot the red out of the target. A beautiful gun. Well balance and designed. The Guardian is well worth the money. You cant beat a Dan Wesson. My second Dan Wesson. Go for it. .

Reviewed By: on 04/08/2012
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is my second Dan Wesson 1911. The fit & finish on this pistol is superb. The black Duty Treatment looks and feels like it will last and last.

Reviewed By: on 07/25/2011
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is the perfect carry 1911. Lightweight (aluminum frame), bobtail, night sights, series 70 firing system (no extra firing pin safety parts to malfunction), no MIM parts, slim grips, checkered front strap, good trigger, good finish, GI length guide rod (no tool needed for field strip). After 1st trip to range, I am fully confident in this pistol. 200 rds fmj, 50 rds jhp. No failures. Absolutely worth the hard earned money, and no need to spend more or look elsewhere. Like I said, the perfect carry 1911.

Reviewed By: on 03/24/2011
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
This is, in my opinion, just about the perfect 1911. The gun is light, handles well, and is very accurate. The fit, finish, and overall appearance are top notch. Though the gun was a little tight to start, it quickly loostened up. The Guardian is an improvement over the CBOB in just about every way, and the recoil is really no worse despite its lighter weight. Very highly recommended.