The 1911. It’s a classic design in a handgun, and it seems that nearly every manufacturer has produced a model of their own. Millions of gun owners have them in their personal collections.
But maybe you want something a little different. Functional, but beautiful at the same time. If that’s you, then you may wish to check out a new model being produced by Dan Wesson Firearms that they call the EDC (yes, as in everyday carry). Daniel T. McElrath gives us details:
Variation is one of the things that has kept the 1911 alive and viable in the age of the striker-fired pistol. Differing frame sizes, barrel lengths, frame materials, barrel lock-up systems and chamberings allow for a great many possibilities as to what makes a 1911 ideal for a given task.
When it comes to EDC (everyday carry) 1911s, Dan Wesson has quietly been turning out some of the finest, best-thought-out, personal-protection pistols to be had anywhere. They’re not draped with a bunch of bells and whistles, but with genuinely useful, well-considered features, and the execution of those features has been generally excellent.
The new ECP is one no-nonsense 1911. Anything necessary for an EDC gun is there; anything that is not, isn’t. The lightweight pistol’s present-and-accounted-for features include an astonishingly crisp trigger; fast, tough, ledge-style sights; a grooved topstrap to break up glare on the sighting plane; a compact, but accurate 4-inch bull barrel; and a bobbed mainspring housing to reduce the gun’s printing beneath clothing.
On the other hand, the ECP dispenses with such things as front cocking serrations, a ported slide and an accessory rail. Yeah, I know we’re supposed to carry a light—and an edged weapon and a spare magazine and an IFAK, but who’re we kidding? Some days it’s all you can do to conceal the gun itself; carrying around that much kit concealed in Virginia every day in the summer just isn’t going to happen. As for the front cocking serrations, I’ve never been a fan of anything that might prompt you to put your hand near the muzzle, so I don’t miss them. In fact, their absence gives the slide a nice, clean look. As for slide porting, why create a point of entry for dirt, and why reduce weight where you most need it?
McElrath goes on to praise the EDC’s sights and trigger, calling the trigger “astonishgly crisp” and saying “it’s the best 1911 trigger I’ve ever felt.”
So, are you in the market for a 1911? Then this Dan Wesson model may be worth your consideration.