New Dan Wesson “Bruin” 10mm Long Slide 1911 by CZ

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With SHOTShow just around the corner, the “sneak peaks” are starting to make their appearance. Once of the first is the upcoming long-slide 1911 by CZ under the Dan Wesson brand. The new handgun is a single stack chambered in both 10mm and .45 ACP.

Key specs include a 6.3″ match-grade barrel (.2″ longer than the MOS Glock 40 we reviewed) and built-in adjustable sights (front is fiber optic and the rear is tritium). Safeties are right-hand only. Unfortunately for defensive-oriented users, the frames do not look to have a rail mounting system (which is a real travesty to me, these days, especially at the price). Fortunately, there is at least front and rear cocking serrations and both the front and back-straps are checkered.

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Per CZ, the handgun is oriented for “hunters”, which would seem to be the only users given the cartridge and sight configuration. Handgun weight is not listed, but it is expected to be among the heavy handguns available today given CZ’s history of using steel frames and slides.

According to GunsHolsters&Gear, the handgun will be available in a “variety of finishes”. At initial release, the gun will be in black on black (both calibers) and a black on bronze model (10mm only).

Retail pricing is pegged above $2,000 for any of the models, reported to be between $2,064 and $2,194.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Giolli Joker

    I love that DW resists the temptation of using slide sides as billboards.
    Thumbs up!

  • Some Guy

    >”but it is expected to be among the heavy handguns available today given CZ’s history of using steel frames and slides”

    >”using steel frames and slides”

    >using steel … … slides”

    Gotta love those polymer slides everyone else tends to use.

    • Edeco

      It’s a non-issue in this price range, but slides can be made of “alloy”, like somekinda zinc alloy.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Damn, that is a nice looking gun.

  • DrewN

    Jeez, who cares if it doesn’t have a rail? Start loading lights and lasers on this gun you might as well just go ahead and get a carbine, because it’s going to be nearly the size of one.

  • DW

    CZ please. Make your 10mm in CZ75 format.

    • Reef Blastbody

      This. Though the Tanfoglio Witness 10MM is choice as well. Hell, even the CZ-97 in 10MM would be awesome.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        I have an EAA Witness Steel 10mm. They’re really really “ok” guns. They just aren’t built to the same quality level that you see with CZ.

        So while they’re available for the CZ enthusiast, they’re no substitute for a good ACTUAL CZ 10mm.

        Maybe if their DW 10mm line is more successful it will be the kick in the pants the company needs in order to start coming out with CZ’s in 10mm.

        • Stan Darsh

          I’ve heard of the issues the standard Witness steel models have with slide and frame cracking but haven’t seen the same problems with the Witness Elite Match and models above it.
          Still, Sarsilmaz K2 10MM would be nice…if it ever happens.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Indeed it is. I own one, and love it. Cheap, too!

    • Vitsaus

      Its called a Bren Ten

      • Stan Darsh

        VLTOR said they were making them and going to bring the new Bren Ten model to SHOT SHOW 2006 and it never happened.

    • Stan Darsh

      Hell, I’ll happily settle for Sarsilmaz to FINALLY release the promised SAR K2 in 10MM. Or at least the 10MM conversion kit for the K2-45.

  • harm

    The author is a jackass. First complaining about rails, then complainin about sights, then the weight? Pathetic.

    Beautiful gun.

    • Kristoff

      I’m one of the few (idiots) who carries full size pistols. I’d carry that in a heart beat. Let them see me. Beautiful piece, then again, I am a 10mm fan boy.

      • MrEllis

        I’m pretty sure you could draw a sword faster than this. Snap, I wonder if this makes the sword drawing noise from movies when you break leather?

        • Kristoff

          I think there’s only one way to find out. I volunteer, for science.

          • iksnilol

            Don’t ruin the finish, please.

          • Kristoff

            The black on bronze or the black finish? Either way, I wouldn’t dream of it.

    • Spencerhut

      The author is a jackass. But it’s a Hunting gun. More than likely designed with a great deal of input from Razor Dobbs.

    • I take that as a compliment.

      You are welcome to disagree, but thanks for reading!

      • Spencerhut

        Typo. Does that mean it’s an insult now?

  • sean

    That is a Beautiful Gun and CZ/ Dan Wesson make incredible products but I must agree that a long slide 10mm without a rail for over $2,000 is kind of stupid…I will stick with my Fusion long slide

  • Mehul Kamdar

    Nice! The longer barrel should be more accurate, and the weight would help address the recoil. Yes, a hunter oriented pistol, and a very good design.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Longer barrels aren’t more accurate. In fact, all other variables being equal, a longer barrel is inherently less accurate than a shorter one.

      What you do get is a longer sight picture, which helps the shooter to be more accurate, and more velocity, which is important for a flatter trajectory in the hunting role.

      • Phillip Cooper

        Okay, Schnerdley…. and all that equals… a more accurate pistol….

        • iksnilol

          Not really.

          Put a red dot on a short barreled 1911 and an identical long slide one and you won’t really see the difference in accuracy (or more correctly, precision).

  • Sludig

    Again with 1911’s being for loons with too much money. I can sorta understand low 1000’s, barely, maybe due to branding but 2k…… That is nearly/basically same price as a brand new MDR when it’s out. A 1911 scaled up slightly for 10mm warrants the same cost of high end EBR’s.?

    • MrEllis

      This is a niche thing, it’s like explaining a 150k shotgun. You can’t, yet they exist.

      • iksnilol

        Easy to explain that one:

        Double barrel shotguns that can last the number of rounds some people put through them are hard to make. I am talking literally hundreds of thousands of rounds through one shotgun. Making it well enough to last that much makes it expensive (+ aligning the barrels + fitting the stock).

        In the end you just add on a bunch of craftmanship since it is so expensive that the select few who will buy them will most likely go for the “exclusive” look and of course they also won’t skimp on the materials for obvious raisins.

  • mimo pinterest

    Capacity?

  • Spencerhut

    Am I the only one that can tell the difference between a fiber and a combo fiber & tritium front sight? The front sight is fiber and tritium. Geezel Pete . . . Maybe I should be doing these articles. At least they would be accurate.

    • MrEllis

      And yet here you reside, in the comment section. The struggle is real…

      • Spencerhut

        Right?

    • Kefefs

      I was going to say, tritium rear and plain FO front is pretty stupid. An FO/tritium front sight makes much more sense.

  • Paul White

    Open carry just got passed….I’d never feel undergunned with this

  • MrEllis

    Robocop can upgrade!

  • mosinman

    i wish AMT would make a comeback

  • Wetcoaster

    That’s hot. And the weight will be appreciated if chucking hot 10mm loads down-range

  • Mystick

    Oh, it’s beautiful…. and bless them for not making the slide a billboard advertisement!

  • The Capatin

    I like it, but prefer a 7″ slide/barrel that will extract the most from the 10mm auto cartridge. This isn’t a concealment piece, nor should anyone think, or act, as if it should be.

    If you want a ‘tacticool’ piistol, go buy one. This is a hunting implement, plain and simple.

    Live with it

  • RetroG

    Nice, and I have to agree, who needs a rail on something like this? The price is getting awfully close to a 6″ Les Baer, but he doesn’t make 10mm guns, so….