Dan Wesson firearms already have one of the best reputations in handguns out there. Their pistols are made to a level of fit and finish, quality, and durability that most manufacturers don’t even bother trying to match. The Dan Wesson ECO is a fine example of that.
The ECO is an Officer-sized, alloy-framed 1911 that will be available in both .45 (7+1) and 9mm (8+1), and is intended for everyday carry duty. Weighing in at just 25 ounces, in the right holster, the gun should disappear. Not that it’s hard on the eyes, or anything.
Sporting a matte black finish with a satin stainless trigger and skeletonized hammer, the ECO doesn’t flinch in the looks department, although the looks are also functional. The front- and backstraps have 25 LPI checkering and even the magazine release is textured. The grip safety has a memory button on it and the grip is very slightly bobtailed as well.
The grips are custom, carved from G10, and are black and white to match the gun’s metal finishes. The sights are three-dot tritium night sights, with a ledge design on the rear sight for one-handed charging. But it’s the guns insides that have had the most attention paid to them.
This 1911 features a 3½-inch flush-cut ramped bull barrel with a target crown and a factory-tuned trigger that’s creep-free and breaks at a carry-perfect four pounds. And it uses a full-length guide rod with a flat recoil spring that’s rated to 15,000 rounds. Yep, thousand. Unheard of in the 1911 world.
The MSRP is known, and it’s up there for a factory 1911 (although the same is easily said of Dan Wesson): $1,662. In stores, the price should be under $1,300, but knowing Dan Wesson, that still makes the ECO a fine deal. And hey, if compact and carry isn’t what you’re looking for, then you also need to check out the Specialist and the Razorback.