March 2007

Basic 1911 .45s: Dan Wesson’s Pointman Seven Leads the Way

CZ-USA’s Pointman gets an“A-minus” grade for its accuracy, and Spring?eld Armory’s PX9109L is a “B+” gun, in our view. Avoid the “D”-ranked Taurus PT1911 for a couple of reasons.

The use of the word "basic" in describing pistols in this test would shock pistol shooters from less than a decade ago. When it comes to the 1911 .45, what passes for standard equipment has improved dramatically. All three of the guns in this test share the same design and are the lowest-priced models available from their respective manufacturers, but they are by no means "basic" guns, at least not in historical terms.

We recently got and shot the $904 Springfield Armory Parkerized w/Night Sights PX9109L, CZ USA’s $1079 Dan Wesson Pointman Seven 01900, and one of the lowest-priced 1911s we’ve encountered, the $617 Taurus PT1911 1-191101.

Here is a list of features shared by the test pistols that not long ago were upgrades that were only available from the hands of a custom gunsmith: Beginning at the muzzle we found full-length guide rods, dovetailed-mounted front and rear sights, forward cocking serrations, flared ejection ports, reduced mass hammers, relieved-mass triggers adjustable for overtravel, a wide beavertail grip safety with raised contact area, checkered mainspring housing, checkered grips held in place by Allen screws, and a beveled magazine well.

Elsewhere, there were some differences worth noting: The Dan Wesson Pointman had a stainless-steel finish and a BoMar-style adjustable rear sight. The Taurus pistol was blued, and the Springfield model was Parkerized. The latter two pistols offered a low-mount rear sight, windage adjustable by drift only. They also came with ambidextrous thumb safeties. The Dan Wesson thumb safety was left side only.

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