If A 1911 And A CZ 75 Had A Baby…

It would be the Dan Wesson DWX. At 43 oz. it isn’t a carry pistol but I bet it would be really fun to shoot. As I noted yesterday, I plan to start posting these news releases as I get them. Or, I should say, those news releases that interest me and which I think will be of interest to you.

From the press release:

Kansas City, KS (December 19, 2022) – What began as an innovative idea among the brilliant minds at CZ and Dan Wesson has finally come to life. These ideas resulted in the jaw-dropping DWX pistol, a grand melding between the signature pistol designs manufactured by the two brands. Available in 9mm, the DWX is ideal for everything from USPSA competition to recreational shooting. 

The DWX starts with the crisp single-action fire control group from a Dan Wesson 1911 and combines it with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ pistol. The grip angle and contour draw their lineage directly to the venerated CZ 75, providing an excellent fit for most shooters. Correspondingly, the full-size DWX is compatible with standard CZ 75 grips. In addition, low-profile red aluminum grips help drive the shooter’s hand high in the beavertail and provide a fantastic texture to plant it firmly in hand. 

More than just a competition handgun, the DWX sports a locked-breech barrel system for simplicity and features a CZ-style take-down via the slide stop. Borrowing time-proven double-stack magazines from CZ pistol families, the full-size DWX employs the 19+1 magazine from the P-09/P-10.

An ambidextrous safety delivers easy access for right- and left-handed shooters, while a flat, K-style trigger offers a textured face for a positive feel. Front strap checkering aids grip control, while a 1913 Picatinny rail makes it easy to mount a light or laser. A match-grade barrel with a bushing-less barrel system resembles that of the P-09/P-10 and offers shooters unparalleled accuracy and easy take-down. 

DWX competitive shooters will appreciate another benefit of its high degree of tunability and customizability. Many parts already on the market will fit, all built around the 1911 fire control group. With a 1911-style dovetail front sight and CZ Shadow 2-style rear sight, factory and aftermarket options also abound. 

The long-awaited DWX pistol is finally on its way to the American market, at dealers now.


DWX Full-Size Specifications:

  • SKU: 92001
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Grips: Henning Aluminum
  • Finish: Nitride
  • Overall Length: 8.5in
  • Barrel Length: 4.95in
  • Height: 5.9in
  • Width: 1.5in
  • Weight: 43 oz
  • Trigger Mech: Single Action
  • Front Sight: Fiber Optic
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable HAJO (click adjustable for elevation, drift adjustable for windage)
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety
  • MSRP: $2099.00

Nighthawk Custom Agent 2

Nighthawk Custom of Berryville, Arkansas released another new 1911 pistol in anticipation of the SHOT Show. They will have it on display at SHOT and will start taking orders in early February. The Agent 2 is not cheap. The MSRP is $4495.

Here is a view of the left side where you can see the sights are made by Heinie if you look closely.

You can find more details on the Agent 2 and read the specifications at this link.

Cutaway Wilson Combat 1911

Wilson Combat made a custom cutaway 1911 for Larry Vickers. In the video below, you can see him shooting it in both full and slow motion.

It is fascinating to watch the ejection begin after the hammer has fallen and the bullet is on its way downrange. This is a well put together video. I’ve watched 2-3 times and I can see myself watching a number of more times. It is only about 3 minutes but is is 3 minutes well spent.