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Dan Wesson Offering Two Compact 1911 Pistols

Specific characteristics are essential when it comes to a concealed carry handgun. The Dan Wesson Enhanced Compact Pistol (ECP) and Tactical Compact Pistol (TCP) check all the boxes for reliability, accuracy, ergonomics, and weight. Both compact 1911 pistols deliver serious firepower in 9 mm and .45 ACP configurations. 

The Enhanced Compact Pistol is a traditional 1911 design with modern styling and enhancements. The ECP sports a stainless-steel slide and a forged aluminum frame, keeping the weight to a mere 29 oz. Tapered G10 grips and a bobbed mainspring housing enhance the pistol’s ergonomics, affording shooters with smaller hands an easier reach to the trigger. A tri-topped slide wears aggressive side serrations for superior grip. Its top rib knocks down glare, while the new U-notch rear sight mates perfectly with the brass bead front sight for rapid target acquisition. 

The Tactical Compact Pistol includes the same performance elements of the ECP while adding tactical features like a 1913 Picatinny rail for a light or laser and a one-piece flared magwell for tactical reloads. TCP has a compact stainless tri-topped slide and aggressive slide serrations – modern, practical, and stylish additions. Its top rib helps reduce glare, and it features a new U-notch rear sight with a whopping .156” wide notch paired with a brass bead front sight. 

The TCP’s grips are also new, with a tapered profile – slim at the top and full-width at the bottom – giving shooters with smaller hands an easier reach to the trigger. With three facets that mimic the distinctive slide, their serrated features encourage a high, deep grip. The TCP tips the scales at just 32-ounces, perfect for daily carry.

A bull barrel is inherently more accurate than thinner profiles. It increases the forward weight of the 1911 and slows down unlocking for smoother shooting. The ECP and TCP wear a match-grade 4-inch barrel with a 30-degree crown and flush cut for easier disassembly. Its recoil system uses a flat wire recoil spring rated for 15,000 rounds in .45 ACP: that’s three times the round count of a typical 1911 dual recoil spring setup! Both pistols use a flat K-style trigger and a square commander-style hammer.

Dan Wesson Firearms’ ECP and TCP compact 1911 pistols are reliable, robust, and accurate. Their modern styling and enhanced performance features make them an ideal concealed carry weapon. 

Dan Wesson ECP and TCP Features:

  • U-notch rear sight for faster alignment
  • Brass bead front sight provides a high visibility front sight
  • Serrated flat top rib reduces glare between the front and rear sight
  • A 1913 Picatinny rail for adding a light or laser (TCP only)
  • Bull barrel enhances accuracy and smooths shooting
  • Square commander-style hammer; a new tactical design
  • Flat K style trigger (a 3-hole layout that looks like a ‘K’)
  • Frontstrap 25 LPI checkering, excellent grip without being too aggressive (ECP)
  • Mainspring housing 25 LPI checkering provides superb grip. 
  • Bobbed mainspring housing reduces frame size, equals less CC printing (ECP)
  • Flared magwell funnel speeds reload (TCP)
  • Bull barrel with a 30-degree crown; its flush-cut provides an easier disassembly

Dan Wesson ECP Pistol Specifications:

  • Caliber: .45 ACP (01883); 9 mm (01884)  
  • Magazine Capacity: 8 (.45 ACP); 9 (9 mm) 
  • Frame: Forged aluminum 
  • Slide Finish: Duty finish
  • Sights: Front brass; Rear U-notch 
  • Grips: G10
  • Overall Length: 7.64-inches
  • Barrel: 4-inches
  • Height: 5.4-inches
  • Width: 1.25-inches
  • Weight: 29-ounces
  • Trigger Mech: Single action
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety; Grip safety 
  • MSRP: $1,705.00 – $1,739.00

Dan Wesson TCP Pistol Specifications:

  • Caliber: 9 mm (01845); .45 ACP (01846) 
  • Magazine Capacity: 9 (9 mm); 8 (.45 ACP)
  • Frame: Forged Aluminum 
  • Slide Finish: Duty finish
  • Sights: Front brass; Rear U-notch 
  • Grips: G10
  • Overall Length: 7.64-inches
  • Barrel: 4-inches
  • Height: 5.6-inches
  • Width: 1.25-inches
  • Weight: 32-ounces
  • Trigger Mech: Single action
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety; Grip safety 
  • MSRP: $1,809.00 – $1,845.00

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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