New for 2019: Dan Wesson Vigil Series 1911

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posted on October 16, 2019
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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.

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