New for 2019: Dan Wesson Vigil Series 1911

by
posted on October 16, 2019
dan-wesson-vigil-1911-series-f.jpg

New from Dan Wesson is the Vigil Series of 1911 pistols, designed as a more-affordable entry into the Dan Wesson lineup of custom semi-automatic handguns. The pistols are built around a forged aluminum frame with a stainless-steel slide and feature a round-top slide sports a tritium night sight on the front and a serrated tactical rear sight. The front strap is checkered at 25 lines per inch, as is the rear strap, and the Vigils feature a rounded butt for comfortable carry.

The aluminum frame is a real weight-saver, too, shaving off approximately six ounces in the Vigil Government-size compared to standard Government-size 1911s. All Vigil 1911s are made from premium components and feature a beveled magazine well, carry bevel treatment, undercut trigger guards and hand-polished flats. The Dan Wesson triggers are crisp and creep-free and are set at 3.5 to 5 pounds. Each pistol comes with two magazines.

In addition to a Government-length model with a 5-inch barrel, the Vigil series is offered in three different versions:

  • The Vigil Suppressor-Ready variant, a Government-sized 1911 with an extended, threaded barrel and high sights with a tritium front.
  • The Vigil Commander, which has a 4.25-inch barrel and the same features as the Government-size Vigil.  The Vigil Commander is a bit lighter than the Government model, making it an easy to carry, but still very accurate, defensive pistol .
  • The Vigil CCO model. This model combines a sub-compact Officer frame with a compact Commander slide and barrel. The combination makes it ideal for concealed carry, but retains the sight radius of a Commander model.


All Vigil models are also available in 9 mm, which boosts their magazine capacity by one round.

DW Vigil Specifications
SKU: 01832
Caliber: ,45 ACP; 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 8+1 (9+1 in 9 mm)
Frame Material: Aluminum
Frame Finish: Duty Black
Slide Finish: Duty Black
Grip: Wood
Overall Length: 8.6 inches
Barrel Length: 5.0 inches
Width: 1.45 inches
Weight: 32.8 ounces
Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
MSRP: $1,298 

DW Vigil 45 ACP Suppressor-Ready Specifications
SKU: 01830
Caliber: .45 ACP; 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 8+1 (9+1 in 9 mm)
Frame Material: Aluminum
Frame Finish: Duty Black
Slide Finish: Duty Black
Grip: Wood
Overall Length: 9.4 inches
Barrel Length: 5.75 inches
Width: 1.45 inches
Weight: 33.6 ounces
Sights: High Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
MSRP: $1,397

DW Vigil 45 ACP Commander Specs
SKU: 01834
Caliber: .45 ACP; 9 mm
Magazine Capacity: 8+1 (9+1 in 9 mm)
Frame Material: Aluminum
Frame Finish: Duty Black
Slide Finish: Duty Black
Grip: Wood
Overall Length: 7.9 inches
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Width: 1.45 inches
Weight: 30.5 ounces
Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
MSRP:  $1,298

DW Vigil CCO 45 ACP Specifications
SKU: 01836
Caliber: .45 ACP; 9 mm
Magazine Capacity:  7+1 (8+1 in 9 mm)
Frame Material: Aluminum
Frame Finish: Duty Black
Slide Finish: Duty Black
Grip: Wood
Overall Length: 7.9 inches
Barrel Length: 4.25 inches
Width: 1.45 inches
Weight: 29.5 ounces
Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
MSRP: $1,298

More information on the Dan Wesson Vigil Series of 1911s is available at danwessonfirearms.com.

Latest

riflescope facing right
riflescope facing right

First Look: Zeiss LRP S5 FFP Riflescope

Zeiss recently announced the launch of the new LRP S5 series of first-focal-plane riflescopes.

Review: Zev Technologies Core Duty Rifle

Zev Technologies has steadily increased its footprint in the firearm industry. Best known for placing its unique design spins on components for the most popular Glock and SIG Sauer pistols, this Centralia, WA-based company is also in the AR market.

First Look: Birchwood Casey 36-Inch Single Gun Case

Birchwood Casey is known for their targets and shooting support gear, and now they have just released a soft-padded case ideally suited for AR-15 and AK-pattern rifles, called the Single Gun Case 36 Inch.

I Carry: IWI Masada 9 mm Pistol in a KSG Armory Holster

In today's episode of "I Carry,"we have an IWI Masada 9 mm pistol with a Meprolight MicroRDS red-dot sight in a KSG Armory holster.

What is the Greatest Defensive Skill?

You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.

Fightin' Iron: The Guns of George Mathews

Sometimes, custom gunsmiths don’t get credit where credit is due.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.