New for 2015, Dan Wesson is introducing a new 1911-style pistol that will be chambered in both 10mm and .45 ACP. According to the company, these new pistols will be of a quality comparable to the top-of-the-line Dan Wesson Valor pistols.
Let’s take a look at the basics of these guns…
As is typical for a 1911, these are single-action guns with both a thumb and grip safeties. Barrels are 5″ in length for both calibers. Both guns weigh 39.0 ounces (unloaded.)
The Silverback will be a two-tone gun. The frame will have a polished black finish, while a silver-stainless slide will ride the rails. It appears the skeletonized hammer will also have a stainless finish. All of the hardware below the slide – including the trigger, safety and slide stop – will have a polished black finish.
According to Dan Wesson, the Silverback is the only two-tone pistol in the company’s catalog. If these sell well, I imagine that will change in the future.
A set of tritium target sights are dovetailed into the slide. As is typical for target sights, they are completely adjustable. The rear sight appears to be the BoMar BMCS Kensight, but I could be wrong.
Stocks on the Silverback are made of G10. According to Dan Wesson, the grips are “full-thickness.” The grips have a black and gray color scheme.
If you are not familiar with it, G10 is a laminate product that has fiberglass captured in an epoxy resin. It is very strong and lightweight. While it has a lot of great scientific and industrial uses outside of the shooting world, it has become popular for pistol grips and knife handles.
I don’t know if someone can make a 1911-pattern pistol and it not be chambered for the .45 ACP. This model uses full-size 8-round magazines.
Lipsey’s now has these guns listed in their online catalog. They show the suggested retail pricing at $1,883 for this caliber.
While purists love the .45, I expect that the hobbyists will be interested in the pistol because it can be had in 10mm. The mags take 9-rounds, plus one in the chamber. Lipsey’s shows the MSRP of the 10mm as $2,064.
Currently, Dan Wesson makes one other 10mm pistol, the RZ-10 Razorback. That gun was re-introduced to the company catalog at the 2012 SHOT Show. Functionally, the Razorback is very similar to the Silverback. But, the MSRP is a bit less at $1,349.
Dan Wesson has not officially announced when the guns will ship. I expect to see these on display at the 2015 SHOT Show, so I will try to nail down a time then.