Everybody loves a high-quality 1911. After all, what’s not to love? Better magazine capacity than a revolver, but with over a century’s worth of proven performance in the field, the 1911 remains one of America’s favorites and will for the foreseeable future. That said, a top-quality 1911 is a serious cash investment…unless, of course, you’re talking about the Dan Wesson lineup of Vigil Series 1911 pistols. There are eight Vigil models in the lineup, with stickper prices ranging from $1,297 to $1,398.
The Vigil Series 1911 pistols are built around a forged aluminum frame with a stainless-steel slide. The 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 6 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 the government model with a 5-inch barrel, Dan Wesson offers these Vigil options:
- The Vigil Suppressor-Ready variant, a Government-sized 1911 with an extended, threaded barrel and high sights with a tritium front.
- The Vigil Commander with a 4.25-inch barrel, and the same features as the Government-size Vigil. This shorter Commander drops a couple-ounces, making it a mid-sized pistol that is easier to carry on-body all day yet remains very accurate.
- The Vigil CCO model, combining a sub-compact Officer frame with a compact Commander slide and barrel. Ideal for concealed carry, it is very light yet retains the sight radius of a Commander model, making it very shootable.
All Vigil models are also available in 9MM Luger, which adds another round to the ammunition capacity.
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