THE DAN WESSON FIREARM, THE HISTORY & HERITAGE
Each Dan Wesson Firearms revolver bears the name of Daniel B. Wesson, who founded Wesson Firearms Co., Inc. in 1968. The great-grandson of D. B. Wesson, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, his goal was to build the finest revolvers that the shooting world had ever seen. He accomplished this by creating guns that were innovative, virtually indestructible and capable of match-grade accuracy right out of the box.
Dan Wesson was a perfectionist, preferring to build a few truly great guns, rather than many merely good ones. In an era of mega-corporations and bottom-line management, he would never allow quality to be sacrificed for the sake of quantity. And it didn’t stop there. His philosophy was “You can never be fully satisfied. You can always make something better.” This kept him on a course of constant improvement, while providing his customers with the very best revolvers that money could buy.
Elgin Gates, the father of modern handgun silhouette shooting, said of Dan Wesson, “He was one of the great men of the firearms industry and of his time; one of those individuals who made things happen, who kept the handgun world honest because he built the best guns that brains and material could turn out. Because of that, the others dared not do less.”
The Company continued to develop its product line from the introduction of the model 12, .357 magnum in 1969 to the Large frame 44 magnum series in 1977 to the massive SuperMag frame series in 1982. In 1996 the Company was acquired by Robert Serva and in 1998 moved to Norwich, N.Y., to reestablish the revolver line. From 1998 to 2000 very few revolvers were produced. Efforts were made to retool the revolver line with new equipment and fixturing to produce production revolvers at the highest quality possible using modern manufacturing techniques. In 2000 a small production run began starting with the Large frame and SuperMag series of revolvers. Yes, this did take several years of very hard work and dedication by the personnel of the company, bringing in new equipment, producing new tooling, fixturing, programs and processes. To achieve the standards of the core Dan Wesson Company these steps had to be taken and personal sacrifices made.
In 2000 the Company also started working on the development of a 1911 style pistol. The objective for this product line was the same as the revolvers. Development of the 1911 pistol was directed to build the most accurate out of the box 1911 on the market and also incorporate features that the shooter in this frame of history desires. This goal was achieved and Dan Wesson Firearms now offers some of the highest quality 1911 pistols in the market incorporating high end parts from companies such as Ed Brown, EGW, CMC, Grieder Precision and many others. Dan Wesson continues to move forward in the 1911 pistols with new features as the commander size, the Ed Brown bobtail and the 10mm chambering to name a few.
In 2005 a great opportunity came to Dan Wesson Firearms in the form of the world’s largest firearms producer CZ. CZ had been looking at Dan Wesson Firearms for its revolvers, innovative thinking and implementation of new products within the marketplace. CZ-USA in early 2005 acquired Dan Wesson Firearms and is now managing it as a part of the CZ corporate group. For the first time in the history of Dan Wesson Firearms all key business components to take the company forward exist. With CZ, the corporate structure to develop the company properly now firmly exists and it now has the brightest future outlook it has ever had. All major components, management, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales are now in place for Dan Wesson firearms to develop into a world class company. With the union with CZ, Dan Wesson Firearms is now positioned with the recourses and personnel to make it a top manufacturer in the global firearms market. This history will continue to step forward with new and exciting products and innovation from the excellent people of CZ and Dan Wesson Firearms.
You can look everywhere and you won’t find a better 1911 at the price of the RZ-45 Heritage. A true bargain. Has the same fit and finish of the highest priced Dan Wesson, and performs just as well.
We’ve been listening to our customers again and this gun is the realization of all of their desires in a full sized, defensive style 1911. This gun has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Other features include forged frame with 25 LPI checkering and undercut trigger guard, adjustable defensive night sites, and Slim line VZ grips as well as all the other premium small parts you have come to expect from Dan Wesson.
The popular Bobtail Commander is now available in the Valor series. Both the original Valor and the new V-Bob are available in our black duty finish over stainless steel, or a matte stainless finish.
These guns are the realization of all of their desires in a defensive style 1911. They offer everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Our Classic Bobtail has proven so popular due to its concealable profile that we decided to bring you something even more concealable. The Concealed Carry Officer. This model is built as a classic CCO, a Commander slide on top of an Officer frame. This combination provides the control and reliability of the Commander with the easy concealment of the Officer frame. With the proven stopping power of the .45 ACP in the two provided 7 round flush base magazines, you won’t feel under gunned. To make it more comfortable and make it disappear even easier while carrying concealed we bobbed the back of the mainspring housing. To reduce the over all weight, the frame and mainspring housing are made from anodized aluminum. To help control recoil, we have included an undercut trigger guard and our new “Chain link” pattern on the front strap and mainspring housing. The slide and small parts are coated in the same “Duty” finish that we use on the Valor. Like all of our night sight models you will find dual colored Tritium lamps for faster low light target acquisition and a white target ring on the front to aid in front sight concentration. The CCO wears a medium length trigger shoe to facilitate faster draws and better fit in the hand. The gun is rounded out with our stippled shadow grips. Like all Dan Wesson models this gun is both beautiful and functional.
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