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Dan Wesson DWX Named Best Full-Sized Handgun of 2023

Dan Wesson’s DWX wins “Best Full-Sized Handgun of 2023″ with flying colors among competitors thanks to Outdoor Life’s annual handgun testing and evaluation.

Outdoor Life’s renowned testing protocol is widely respected in the industry for its rigorous and unbiased evaluation of firearms. This year, the testing took place at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, where more than 10,000 rounds of 9mm, 10mm, and .45 ACP were fired during a week-long assessment of the latest handguns on the market.

The Dan Wesson DWX emerged as the clear winner in the full-sized handgun category, receiving the coveted Editor’s Choice award. Outdoor Life’s expert judges praised the DWX for its exceptional performance, superior design, and outstanding value. The handgun received an impressive report card, with “Excellent” ratings in performance and “Very Good” ratings in both design and value categories.

The Dan Wesson DWX, chambered in 9mm with a capacity of 19+1 rounds, boasts a perfect blend of 1911 and CZ 75 elements, along with CZ’s P-10 match-grade, bushing-less cold hammer-forged bull barrel and extractor. Renowned CZ ergonomics are incorporated into the CZ 75 style profile grips, delivering an excellent feel in hand. Its flat-shooting capability and easy control set it apart from the competition, making it a favorite even among accomplished competitive pistol shooters.

Key features that contributed to the DWX’s victory include a flat-faced trigger, an ambidextrous safety with a comfortable and precise design, and a reversible, oversized magazine release for easy release and reload of double-stack magazines. It also features a crisp single-action 1911-style fire control group, enabling gunsmiths and competitive shooters to fine-tune the DWX. It features a Locked Breech Barrel System for easy assembly/reassembly similar to the P-10 & P-07/P-09. The DWX also features a CZ Shadow 2 style rear sight cut and a DW 1911 style dovetailed front. Its aesthetics are also noteworthy, featuring eye-catching machined aluminum grips in a striking red finish and a beautifully designed skeletonized hammer. Dan Wesson products are proudly made with no Metal Injection Molded parts. 

The Dan Wesson DWX excelled in accuracy, averaging 1.271-inch 5-shot groups at 15 yards. These outstanding attributes and flawless performance in the field make it a clear choice for the Best Full-Sized Handgun of 2023.

Mike Robinson, Global Head of Marketing for Colt CZ Group noted, “The Dan Wesson and CZ teams joined forces and created something special with the DWX. Combining the best from both companies to create a gun that combines the quality of Dan Wesson’s 1911s with the comfortable feel of CZ’s competition pistols. We are proud of this achievement.”

Each Dan Wesson Firearms revolver bears the name of Daniel B. Wesson, who founded Wesson Firearms Co., Inc. in 1968. His goal was to build the finest revolvers that the shooting world had ever seen. As a result of his hardwork and dedication his firearms are known for their innovation, indestructibility, and match-grade accuracy.

Continuing in his footsteps, Dan Wesson Firearms joined the world’s largest firearms producer CZ in 2005. The Dan Wesson legacy continues with new and exciting products and innovations from the excellent people of CZ and Dan Wesson Firearms.

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