Fans of Dan Wesson Firearms will be happy to hear the company is now shipping its new DWX Compact, the long-awaited 4-inch-barreled little brother of the full-sized DWX first teased in 2019 but not released until last December. 

A performance pistol priced just over $2,000, the DWX took inspiration from two flagship pistols: the Dan Wesson 1911 and its parent company’s CZ-75. The Compact model follows in its steps with a single-action fire control group from a Dan Wesson 1911 combined with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ pistol. The flat, K-style, textured trigger will feel familiar to 1911 shooters, while the grip angle and contour trace their lineage directly to the CZ-75, long known for its comfort and control. 

Dan Wesson Firearms DWX Compact 9mm pistol
Like the full-sized DWX, the DWX Compact draws from both the Dan Wesson 1911 and CZ-75 designs. (Photos: Dan Wesson Firearms)

Ned Christiansen-style frag patterns on the front, backstrap, and Henning aluminum grips provide traction and comfort. The grip’s low-profile design naturally positions the shooter’s hand high in the beavertail for optimum recoil control. As the DWX is compatible with CZ-75 Compact grips, there are lots of aftermarket options for customization. 

Borrowing the time-proven CZ-75 Compact double-stack magazine body, the DWX Compact has a 15+1 capacity with Henning aluminum base pads for added durability. The pistol also features a night front sight and fixed Battlehook rear. A DLC (Diamond Like Coating) protects exterior metal surfaces from wear and corrosion, and the reversible mag release and available left-handed safety offer ambidextrous function. 

Buyers can expect “a modern pistol with the finer points of a classic 1911 built, like every Dan Wesson, with quality materials and parts and finished with attention to detail,” according to a Tuesday news release from Dan Wesson. 

Check out the full specs below. 

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Mag Capacity: 15+1
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Slide Finish: DLC
  • Grips: Henning Aluminum
  • Overall Length: 7.5 inches
  • Barrel Length: 4 inches
  • Height: 5.2 inches
  • Width: 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Trigger: Single action
  • Front Sight: Tritium
  • Rear Sight: Fixed Battlehook
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety
  • MSRP: $1,999

Related: CZ Brings New Shotguns and Long-Awaited Dan Wesson DWX to SHOT Show 2023

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