A 1911 Crushing Targets at 180 meters — Dan Wesson Elite Series Brings the Fury

What do you call a double stack 1911 in 9mm, with an Excalibur level trigger, an RMR, and a threaded barrel? Dan Wesson calls that the Fury. One of the most appropriately named pistols I have seen. I would have to concur. This pistol has roots in paper and steel matches, but God help whoever is on the other end of this as a tactical gun.

Since 1968, Dan Wesson has been producing top-notch custom firearms. Similar to a fine wine, they’ve gotten better over time. The great-grandson of D.B. Wesson, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, began producing custom revolvers. As the company grew and their success increased, the company was acquired in 1998 and shifted from revolvers to also producing 1911s. The purpose of these custom, hand-fitted 1911s was simple: the most accurate 1911 on the market. After I spent time on the range with it — I’d agree. Dan Wesson has continued to innovate their 1911s and incorporates high-end parts from companies like Ed Brown, EGW, Greider Precision, just to name a few. In 2005, Dan Wesson partnered with CZ USA and has continued to produce high-quality 1911s. This Dan Wesson Elite Fury is no exception.

The Fury fit my hand like it was made for it. It features front strap and mainspring housing checkering, with an oversized magazine well machined in. The grip safety is functional, but so extended it is almost impossible not to engage it. The grips are a very thin micarta, befitting a double stack, with a checker pattern on the front half, linear serrations at a diagonal on the back half. The trigger guard is both larger and more square than other 1911’s I have shot, opened up no doubt to be more accessible with gloves on. The frame is thick and boxy down to the dust cover, with a Picatinny rail section cut in. It wouldn’t be much of a tactical gun without that option. It incorporates a low-mass hammer that was designed with performance as all excess weight is removed and the surfaces have been polished.

SPECS

  • Type: 1911, single-stage trigger
  • Chambering: 9mm
  • Barrel: 5.5 in.
  • Overall Length: 9.25 in.
  • Weight: 48.5 oz.
  • Trigger Pull: 2 lbs., 8 0z.
  • Grips: G-10 Micarta
  • Sights: Trijicon Tritium 3 dot suppressor height, Trijicon RMR
  • Finish: Matte Black
  • Safety: Ambidextrous beavertail
  • Capacity: 18+1 rds.
  • MSRP: $4899

The trigger is a flat K-style trigger, skeletonized of course. Out of the box, mine broke at 2 pounds, with the tiniest bit of take up to let you know you were there. I have never seen a factory trigger as high-quality as this one in a pistol, outside of full up custom race guns. The low mass hammer has had every ounce of excess weight removed, and it falls like a lightning bolt. The trigger and hammer are so smooth your fingers can’t believe what they are feeling.

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Up top, the slide moves like ball bearings falling through a vacuum. Aside from overcoming the resistance of the recoil spring, there is not a burr or imperfection to be felt. There are front and rear cocking serrations, as well as a serrated flat top to the slide. The rear has been milled and a Trijicon RMR red dot sight expertly fitted on a custom Dan Wesson plate. As a backup, Trijicon tritium suppressor height sights are also included.

Range Time

The threaded bull barrel is a bushing-less fit, along with a one-piece guide rod to increase reliability. The gunsmith fitting these things together clearly knew what he was doing on mine. I expected some incredible accuracy, and I got it. I am not a Bullseye Master, but I was able to walk all the way to 180 meters getting first round hits on a B/C zone sized piece of steel. Finally falling apart at 200m, I was left with the feeling it was the shooter, not the 1911. At that range, the red dot is larger than the target anyway.

How did the gun run? Like a cheetah with blood doping and something to lose. The weight of the gun controls the 9mm recoil extremely well, and the 2-pound trigger is effortless. Combine that with the incredibly short reset distance of a 1911 trigger, and things really come together. I had to reshoot some of my normal pistol drills because at the end I realized I was holding back. This gun allows you to go faster, and that is a good dollar spent. For a race gun or a tactical gun, you could certainly do worse. Those 18 rounds in the magazine go quick, but out of this platform, they also count. I ran SIG Sauer Elite Performance ammunition through it and it ran flawlessly.

Like many of you out there, a price tag of $4,899 for a pistol is extremely hard to justify. Hell, that is hard to justify on a rifle. But after shooting this one, I assure you this. I want one. It’s high-quality finish and overall superb ergonomics and trigger make it tough enough to withstand everyday abuse and not sway those who purchase it to leave it in the safe. After running this pistol for the day, I started thinking about what I could sell to get one.

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  • Ben Taul October 17, 2017, 6:02 pm

    only 3things 1.for me I am a die hard .45
    2. the price
    3. how come they only make them for north paws never for us south paws
    all that being said I love it

  • Mr.James October 16, 2017, 8:05 pm

    Again I see and want, DW, only gets better as does every man made machine. To have and to want is the real never changing aspect we Animals experience . Let’s check…….. I’m still drooling!. Also, “Nice shooting Tex!!” from some movie I’ve seen.

  • Kris Bernstein October 16, 2017, 6:49 pm

    Seems I’ve found the internet Troll convention….bunch a’ wankers!
    Face it…DW makes great gun…if you can’t afford them, stick with your
    Hy Point’s and please stop whining!!!!!

  • Countryboy October 16, 2017, 4:03 pm

    5 grand is way over priced. DW is using Caspian frames which cost 625 retail (w/o rail 535) and come w/ mag release,flat trigger and grip safety. A competent gunsmith who builds 1911’s can easily put a gun together for around 2500. A lot of us old timers in uspsa shot caspian guns in 38 super back in the day before STI took hold.

  • Guru October 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    That sure looks like a Caspian Hi Cap frame.

  • Luther Dampier October 16, 2017, 3:23 pm

    distance of the 1911 45 ruger

  • Lloyd Dumas October 16, 2017, 12:50 pm

    Nice, but too rich for my blood.

  • Mike Mullen October 16, 2017, 10:55 am

    Are you kidding me?

    Any of the real competitors out there know you can get an STI that will blow circles around that gun, lighter and just as smooth for half the money and custom built to boot……..

  • Paul Raczkowski October 16, 2017, 10:55 am

    I bought a classic DW 357 revolver with the removable barrel liners back in 1980 used for $275. I love this thing & have hunted with it every year since then. Using Underwood cast lead bullets it has dropped two AZ elk now that I did not have time to get my rifle up on. Not to mention all the Javelina HAM hunts here in Arizona. At roughly 5% of this new DW model, while I can salivate over the 9 I will smile everytime I shoot my almost 40 year old DW revolver. Yes they are all that good!

  • Alex October 16, 2017, 10:25 am

    The grammar and diction on this website is so bad. Literally every article has some wacky phrasing errors or complete misunderstanding of cliches. Take the second line, for instance. “One of the most appropriately named pistols I have seen. I would have to concur.” You would have to concur with what? Yourself? You just made a statement about the appropriateness of the name (your opinion), which is fine. But then you state that you concur with your own opinion? I should hope so.

    • steve October 16, 2017, 2:41 pm

      lol.

    • * October 17, 2017, 12:05 pm

      Finally! I thought I was the only one who noticed that Clay Martin cannot write. Check for yourself. Review his past articles and my point will be evident. His videos are another intellectual treat.

  • Frank J Smith October 16, 2017, 8:25 am

    A $5K 9mm? No thanx.

  • Zorro lives October 16, 2017, 8:16 am

    Ok let’s stop the non sense who in their right mind, right mind (key words) would spend $4900 for a pistol period never mind a 9mm 1911, – I hope they only make a few cause they will be sitting on the shelf FOR A VERY, VERY, VERY longtime…!!! Actually, they will NEVER sell…

  • BOhio October 16, 2017, 7:55 am

    $4.9k MSRP? Add a couple of hundred bucks to that tab, and you can get a CZ Czechmate (look it up, people) AND a CZ Tactical Sport Orange (my favorite color, reminds me of ‘Tang’ drink mix in the 70’s…) — which are no slouch in the 9mm department, although Judge Smails is a tremendous slouch.

    As to fit and finish of the ‘Fury’, I’d be highly agitated if I spent $5k for a handgun with a finish that looks like a cast iron stove. Ay caramba!

  • srsquidizen October 16, 2017, 6:51 am

    1911? Granted I’m not a 1911 aficionado so I’m not sure what’s required to be called one these days. Yeah it’s nice (any pistol at that price had better be) but it resembles my great-grandfather’s 1911 about like a Mini Cooper resembles an Austin Cooper.

  • akjc77 October 16, 2017, 6:41 am

    I have always wanted a high end hot rod 1911 and Dan Wesson is at the top of that list but I’m never gonna be able to pay used car prices for one. I can find decent used cars for $5000 folks its just too high, but I am glad they offer boutique level stuff even if I will never have one. LoL

  • jay October 16, 2017, 5:29 am

    Considering a 9mm drops about 4 foot at 200 yards pretty good target acquisition! I bet these are going to fly off the shelve at 5K a piece! Not!

  • Mrninjatoes September 21, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Ha ha ha! Love the Christmas morning/Butters from SouthPark giggle!

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