Dan Wesson Razorback 10mm: To Be Reintroduced In 2012

It’s back. For 2012, Dan Wesson is bringing back the Razorback 10mm pistol. Let’s review what the company’s offering.


Les Baer Boss .45 1911

les_baer_boss_01aInspired by the 1970 Boss 429 Mustang, Les Baer introduced the Boss .45 1911 pistol at the 2010 SHOT Show.  The new Boss 1911 is a good looking pistol, with some solid features from one of the best known 1911 builders in the USA.

The Boss is based on Baer’s Premier II pistol, with added features “…to really make it the Boss of custom .45s.”  The Boss is guaranteed to shoot three inch groups at 50 yards.  MSRP is $2109.

For those of you that do not know, Ford made the Boss 429 Mustang in 1969 and 1970 only.  The massive 429 cubic inch engine had to be squeezed into the Mustang’s engine compartment by Kar Kraft, an outside assembly facility contracted by Ford.  The Boss 429 was one of the most powerful production, drag-ready cars made at the height of the muscle car era.


DoubleStar 1911 Introduced

doublestar_1911DoubleStar, known for their AR-15 products, has announced a new handgun: the DoubleStar 1911.

The DoubleStar 1911 uses a forged steel frame, and has a beveled magazine well, Novak sights and a National Match stainless steel 5″ barrel.  The finish is parkerized.  Customizations are available, including a variety of grips, and a choice in trigger guards.

MSRP is listed as “less than $1,200.”


Smith & Wesson Model SW1911 Sub Compact – Pro Series Pistol

Smith and Wesson SW1911 subcompact

Smith and Wesson has brought a new subcompact 1911 in .45 ACP to the market in their SW1911 line.  The SW1911 Sub Compact Pro Series is a tiny 1911 with an obvious eye on the concealed carry market.

The SW1911 features a Scandium frame, carbon steel slide, and stainless steel barrel, which all weighs in at only 24 ounces unloaded.  The gun is offered in matte black.

Optics and Sighting Systems

Crimson Trace LG-401 Lasergrip for Government and Commander 1911 Pistols

Crimson Trace LG-401

Crimson Trace manufactures high-quality red laser aiming devices for a wide range of self-defense pistols and revolvers.  The Crimson Trace LG-401 is the lasergrip aiming device for the Government and Commander sized 1911 pistols.

The LG-401 replaces the grip panels with the Crimson Trace lasergrips.  The red laser emitting diode, sits above the right grip panel and is activated by a switch that wraps around the front of the magazine well.  When you obtain a shooting grip, you naturally activate the laser when you are ready to fire.

The laser is easily adjustable by the user; it does not need to be installed by a professional gunsmith. Trust me – if I can do this (and I can,) anyone can.

Crimson Trace lasergrips are used by a wide variety of law enforcement and military organizations and are generally considered to be very rugged.  The LG-401 is no different, offering the same reliability found in all of the Crimson Trace products. This can be carried on duty by law enforcement officers and military servicemen.

I have shot a number of pistols and revolvers wearing the Crimson Trace lasergrips.  They fit my hand well and the laser actuation is easy and natural.  No switches to fumble with.

The only issue I have with Crimson Trace laser is the use of red lasers. In low light conditions, they work great. Unfortunately, in bright conditions you are not likely to ever see the red aiming spot. For example, if you are outdoors on a sunny day, you will not be able to use the CT lasergrips to aim. While you can still use the gun’s standard sights, if you have extensively trained with the laser, but no the irons, you may not revert to the proper sighting technique when the pressure is on.

This Crimson Trace Lasergrips product is a great addition to anyone’s 1911 if they are needing a laser aiming device.  These have gotten very positive reviews in recent years.  Until they start making green lasers, this is one of the top-quality choices available for shooters today.

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