Dan Wesson Guardian 9mm

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Dan Wesson, a subsidiary of CZ-USA, has been manufacturing 1911s for quite some time, and models like the Bobtail have gotten a good amount of attention for their carry-friendly features.

The new Guardian pistol is available in .45 ACP and 9mm. It has a Commander length slide and 4.25″ barrel instead of the truncated 4″ barrel found on some other compact 1911s. The Bobtail frame is present, in an aluminum alloy to save weight. 30LPI checkering on the frontstrap, night sights, and an extended thumb safety are all desirable on a carry firearm, as is a durable finish. The Guardian features all of these, with their “Duty” finish being touted as extremely abrasion resistant.

I was pretty impressed with the overall package that I examined at IWA in Nuremberg. CZ-USA states that the weight of the pistol is 1.8lbs. No trigger weight is stated, but I would estimate that the one I handled broke at about 5lbs. It was a very clean and crisp trigger for a production 1911.

Dan Wesson Guardian 9mm
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Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


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  • Tom

    The video incorrectly states that this gun is more concealable because it’s a 9mm.. The gun is no more concealable the a regular 45 acp 1911.. also, 9mm 1911′s are less reliable then 45 acp’s for which the 1911 was designed for.. i would not use one for personal protection..

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/ Steve (The Firearm Blog)

      Tom, if the gun is smaller in some dimensions, it is generally considered more concealable.

  • Sian

    There aren’t many options for people who want a compact frame carry pistol with something approaching a full-length barrel.

    Kudos to Dan Wesson for adding another choice to this market.

  • Jim

    After considering and rejecting the RIA 9mm 1911 due to quality issues, this seems like a better choice… if not for the $1600 price point. SHEESH.

  • Andy from CT

    I know that the bobtail 1911 has a lot of fans. I personally hate it. And even with all the improved parts and mods of current 1911′s I honestly think JMB would throw up in his mouth a little if he were alive today and was presented with one.

    A bobtail 1911 is like a hot chick with no ass.

  • andrew

    Tom, nowhere in the video did I state that it was more concealable because it was in 9mm. I stated that the bobtail frame and commander length slide aided concealment and that 1911s were very concealable.

  • armed_partisan

    Whenever anyone mentions the name “Dan Wesson”, I think of revolvers, and then when I see a 1911, I think “Oh, it’s one of those CZ 1911′s.” I can only speculate as to why CZ-USA decided that their name wasn’t good enough to put on a 1911, but that has to be the worst mixing of marques ever to occur in the firearms industry.

  • howlingcoyote

    I hope that they make it available in the following:
    38-45
    38 Super
    9X25 Dillon
    10mm Auto
    400 CorBon

  • Bill

    Most shootable of my wife’s 9s. Due to the full size slide spring it recoils more like a 22 than a 9mm. Very controlable and accurate. Trigger is better than any production 9. I normally carry a Kimber Ultra CDP ii or nighthawk custom. It shoots right with them and the smooth recoil makes it a pleasure to shoot.

  • http://www.shootersplus.com Shooters Plus

    We have carried many 1911 makes and models over the years at http:www.shootersplus.com/ and have just recently stated carrying the Dan Wesson line of 1911′s. I have to say that there was a few 1911′s I reviewed and shot and thought WOW this is has got to be the best 1911 produced. That is until we received our shipment of Dan Wesson’s. I’m sure they are some custom guns out there that are better but so far the DW’s are the best that have come through our store and we have carried and still carry some major 1911 manufacturers.