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It’s funny, there is no way I could afford or justify buying a new $4000 pistol. But somehow, I was able to afford and justify buying three used $4000 pistols all in one month.

Right now I’m just going to tell you which ones I bought and show you some pics from shooting them at the range. After I get to spend some real quality time with them, which will include some time outdoors shooting steel and running some timed drills, I’ll write more in-depth about the individual guns.

I also plan on doing some comparisons to some of the other 1911 pistols I own, including my beloved Dan Wesson 9mm pistols. Before going any further, I should warn you all of my 1911 pistols are chambered in 9mm, and the WC pistols below are no exception.

I have been on a quest to find a 9mm carry pistol that mitigates recoil better than the double stack 9mm polymer wonder guns that have become the standard go-to guns for so many of us over the last few decades. After years of carrying a GLOCK 19, then a CZ P-10C, I grew tired of not being able to better my rapid-fire groups with these guns.

After all, what’s the point of a carry gun in the first place?

To neutralize a threat. What’s the best way to do that with a handgun in a very stressful and possibly poorly lit situation? The goal is to be able to get as many accurate/well-placed shots on your target as quickly as possible.

The less felt recoil your pistol produces, the more you maximize your chances of placing both accurate and fast fire on your target(s). If I could carry a 22LR for personal defense I would. Alas, 22LR is just not a great defensive caliber for reasons we don’t need to get into here.

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I was given the opportunity to spend some time with a brand new Vigil Commander in 9mm, Dan Wesson’s new entry-level 1911 pistol. The Vigil is currently available in both 9mm and 45 ACP in four configurations; full-size government with a 5” barrel, a full-size government with a 5” threaded barrel, a commander with a 4.25” barrel, and a CCO (the commander 4.25” barrel on a shorter officers frame).

All Vigil pistols have an aluminum frame with a hard black anodized finish, and a stainless steel slide finished with Dan Wesson’s “duty finish” (black nitride).

The Vigil Commander 9mm I tested was unfired and brand new in the box when I got it.

The preservative/oil that is normally on all new Dan Wesson pistols had already been wiped off. Upon disassembly before firing the Vigil, I noticed the rails and barrel had already been properly lubricated.

The normal break-in procedure as outlined in the manual instructs the owner to clean and lube the pistol every 50 rounds for the first 500 rounds. My plan was to run 350 rounds through the new Vigil, but I wasn’t going to be able to break it down and clean it every 50 rounds.

Instead I added a little extra lube to the rails and the hood of the barrel before I started shooting. I also decided that during the course of shooting the 350 rounds, I would lock back the slide every 50 rounds or so and reach in through the ejection port to wipe off the feed ramp and whatever else I could reach with a cotton patch, and also put a drop of oil on the hood of the barrel.

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I’m originally from New York City, but spent 12 years of my adulthood in Colorado where I amassed a significant gun collection. Northern Colorado, though, was no great haven for gun owners, and in the county where I lived, residents weren’t going to come by a CCW permit or any NFA goodies with any ease. To make matters worse, in 2001 I had to move back to very gun unfriendly NYC. I was forced to leave my gun collection behind to be retrieved at a later date when I could plot my next move. When the time came, I chose a state that was not only warm year round, but had friendly gun laws — Florida . . .

When I moved down to South Florida, the first three things I did when I got here were, 1) apply for my CCW permit, 2) buy a SBR, and buy a 22LR suppressor. No joke, within the first three days in my newly adopted state of Florida, I accomplished these three things. I was so excited to finally live in a free state I couldn’t retrain myself.

My first carry gun was a super lightweight .357 Magnum titanium J-Frame, a S&W 360PD. Turns out the lightweight 357 J-Frames are not very pleasant to train with, even with 38+P ammo. Plus I felt a little undergunned with only five rounds on tap and a slow reload to follow if necessary. It didn’t last very long as my primary CCW.

From there I moved on to a S&W Shield.

It’s an excellent, super-reliable and very accurate slim nine. But after seeing horror story after horror story in the media, I again felt a little undergunned with it. “What if…” well, you get the point.

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