Dan Wesson Chaos Pistol

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Dan Wesson will release a new Elite Series handgun in 2014 called Chaos.  The Chaos will be a 1911-style 9mm pistol developed specifically for competition.  The gun will use 21 round, double-stack magazines.  The expected MSRP of the Chaos pistols is $3,829.

Chaos guns will be hand-built with a match trigger and fiber optic sights.

The gun sounds like it will be very similar to the company’s Mayhem, which is a .40 S&W competition pistol at close to the same price ($3,899.)  While specifications on the Chaos have not been released, the specs for the Mayham (6″ bull barrel, 51 oz weight, G10 grips) are likely similar.

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  • FourString

    Pretty cool concept—if it didn’t cost your first born child ><

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      They are high dollar for sure!

      • sianmink

        Don’t look at trap and skeet shotguns. I know guys who compete with hand-made Silver Seitzes and Krieghoffs that cost 20k plus.

        • FourString

          that’s nearly the price of a 2015 Subaru WRX D,:>

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Yea I know and I’m glad they can afford it. I sure couldn’t!

          • sianmink

            Personally, I’ve inherited some good kit. I use a Perazzi MX8 and TM1, which combined are probably worth about $2000+5000, and a $500 Super X-1 for clays and hunting. Sporting shotguns get expensive fast, and I’m not 100% sure why.

  • Sable

    Now if they could just build a 9mm cco for less than a grand, that would be great.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      A Kimber Aegis is about as close as you’ll get to that $1000 mark in 9mm.

  • Degasse Giant

    21 rounds in a 1911?! Sign me u–
    “Expected MSRP is $3829″
    Sign me up for none then… :(

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Think I’d go with a Wilson for that money.

      • darkdestroyer

        With $3829 I would get a Wilson CQB or an STI Executive with a bunch of ammo for which ever I chose.

  • AZRon

    The first centerfire handgun that I ever bought was a Dan Wesson 15-2, 6″, .357 magnum revolver. It was an eye-opening experience to wield that much accuracy and power in a one-handed arm. (that’s why I still own it some 38 years later)

    The MSRP of their current line put them well outside of my consideration, but I’m sure it won’t be long before a post reviewing a $900.00 HK elicits the usual ignorance. (hate you/ you suck)

    For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t trade my 15-2 for an HK pistol anymore than I’d trade an HK pistol for a DW semi. What I have works everytime. Isn’t that the point…choices regarding what works for you?

    • Vhyrus

      It doesn’t take $4000, or even $900, to get reliability anymore, which is probably why people balk at the price. You can get a 100% reliable handgun for $400, and you can spend as little as $200 and get a gun thats probably reliable 90-95% of the time. When you put that in perspective, why would anyone pay those kind of prices?

      • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

        My Colt Commander ran just under $1000 and it runs like a top!

    • hkryan

      Gotta love the 15-2! I have the same one as you. I’m surprised the interchangeable-barrel revolver hasn’t been brought back. If eBay prices are any indication, just the barrels would sell quickly!

  • Andrew

    For $3800 it should come with a thermal imaging sight, not fiber optic.

  • Bruce

    I dunno if I’d call it high priced or not. It’s about what you’d pay for a similar gun from STI or SVI. Neither of which fit my had as well as the CZ frame. If I was going to add 3-gun to my sports and campaign like I had a chance, this would be a very real choice. Fortunately I’m not that good so I can play with cheaper toys. :)

  • Visceral
    • Suburban

      So, like a Limited-class USPSA pistol, but in 9mm. That’s a pretty small niche to fill with a nearly $4000 pistol.

  • Sid

    Does this gun come bundle with an Uzi 9mm, 12 gauge autoloader, and a pulsed-plasma rifle in the 40 watt range? Because if I am spending $3800 plus tax on one frigging handgun….
    I have tools. I use them in my business. A good quality tool is worth the price because a cheap tool will break at the least opportune moment and cost me time which is money. Climb off a ladder 2 hours from the nearest hardware store and make a round trip for the replacement. So, I see a lot of comments on the price. But seriously, a high capacity 9mm in a 1911 frame, even with gold enlay, does not need to cost this much.
    I love the 1911 as a design. It was the first handgun I qualified with as an MP. But I know that Dan Wesson is known for quality. And damn.