Dan Wesson Launch Affordable Vigil 1911 Series

    Some of Dan Wesson's new Vigil Pistols

    If you’re a 1911 guy then you’ll be familiar with the work of Dan Wesson, known for quality, high-end 1911s. If you have ever been in the market for one of John Browning’s iconic pistols and just not had the cash to splash on some of Dan Wesson’s earlier offerings the new Vigil series might be for you. The new line includes carry and tactical models as well as a suppressor-ready offering, with prices ranging from $1,298 to $1,397.

    Vigil Suppressor Ready (Dan Wesson)

    Here’s what Dan Wesson have to say about their new line of 1911s: 

    Kansas City, KS – A more affordable entry into the Dan Wesson lineup of high-quality semi-automatics, 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 Vigil’s feature a rounded butt for comfortable carry.

    The aluminum frame is a real weight saver, too, shaving off approximately six ounces in the Vigil Government-size compared to standard Government-size 1911s. All Vigil 1911’s 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 five-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.

    Vigil Commander (Dan Wesson)

    Here are the detailed specs for each of Dan Wesson’s new Vigil pistols:

    DW Vigil 45 ACP Specs:

    SKU: 01832
    Caliber: 45 ACP
    Mag. Cap.: 8
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 8.6 In.
    Barrel Length: 5.0 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 32.8 Oz.
    Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil 9MM Specs:

    SKU: 01833
    Caliber: 9MM Luger
    Mag. Cap.: 9
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 8.6 In.
    Barrel Length: 5.0 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 32.8 Oz.
    Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil 45 ACP Suppressor-Ready Specs:

    SKU: 01830
    Caliber: 45 ACP
    Mag. Cap.: 8
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 9.4 In.
    Barrel Length: 5.75 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 33.6 Oz.
    Sights: High Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,397

    DW Vigil 9MM Suppressor-Ready Specs:

    SKU: 01831
    Caliber: 9MM Luger
    Mag. Cap.: 9
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 9.4 In.
    Barrel Length: 5.75 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 33.6 Oz.
    Sights: High Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,397.00

    DW Vigil 45 ACP Commander Specs:

    SKU: 01834
    Caliber: 45 ACP
    Mag. Cap.: 8
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 7.9 In.
    Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 30.5 Oz.
    Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil 9MM Commander Specs:

    SKU: 01835
    Caliber: 9MM Luger
    Mag. Cap.: 9
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 7.9 In.
    Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 30.5 Oz.
    Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil CCO 45 ACP Specs:

    SKU: 01836
    Caliber: 45 ACP
    Mag. Cap.: 7
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 7.9 In.
    Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 29.5 Oz.
    Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil CCO 9MM Specs:

    SKU: 01837
    Caliber: 9MM Luger
    Mag. Cap.: 8
    Frame Material: Aluminum
    Frame Finish: Duty Black
    Slide Finish: Duty Black
    Grip: Wood
    Overall Length: 7.9 In.
    Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
    Width: 1.45 In.
    Weight: 29.5 Oz.
    Sights: High Night Sight, Tactical Rear
    Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety

    MSRP: $1,298.00

    For more information check out DanWessonFirearms.com

    Matthew Moss

    Matthew Moss – Assistant Editor.

    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written for a variety of publications in both the US and UK he also runs www.historicalfirearms.info, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of www.armourersbench.com, a new video series on historically significant small arms.

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