Vigil 1911 Series From Dan Wesson, Lighter-Weight and More Affordable

DW Vigil 45ACP/9mm
DW Vigil 45 ACP/9mm

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- A more affordable entry into the Dan Wesson lineup of high-quality semi-automatics, the Vigil Series 1911 pistols are built around a forged aluminum frame with a stainless-steel slide. The round-top slide sports a tritium night sight on the front and a serrated tactical rear sight. The front strap is checkered at 25 lines per inch, as is the rear strap, and the Vigil’s feature a rounded butt for comfortable carry.

The aluminum frame is a real weight saver, too, shaving off approximately six ounces in the Vigil Government-size compared to standard Government-size 1911s. All Vigil 1911’s are made from premium components and feature a beveled magazine well, carry bevel treatment, undercut trigger guards, and hand-polished flats. The Dan Wesson triggers are crisp and creep-free and are set at 3.5 to 5 pounds. Each pistol comes with two magazines.

In addition to the government model with a five-inch barrel, Dan Wesson offers these Vigil options:
The Vigil Suppressor-Ready variant, a Government-sized 1911 with an extended, threaded barrel and high sights with a tritium front.
The Vigil Commander with a 4.25-inch barrel, and the same features as the Government-size Vigil. This shorter Commander drops a couple-ounces, making it a mid-sized pistol that is easier to carry on-body all day yet remains very accurate.
The Vigil CCO model, combining a sub-compact Officer frame with a compact Commander slide and barrel. Ideal for concealed carry, it is very light yet retains the sight radius of a Commander model, making it very shootable.

All Vigil models are also available in 9MM Luger, which adds another round to the ammunition capacity.

DW Vigil 45 ACP Specs:

  • SKU: 01832
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Mag. Cap.: 8
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 8.6 In.
  • Barrel Length: 5.0 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 32.8 Oz.
  • Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

DW Vigil 9MM Specs:

  • SKU: 01833
  • Caliber: 9MM Luger
  • Mag. Cap.: 9
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 8.6 In.
  • Barrel Length: 5.0 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 32.8 Oz.
  • Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

DW Vigil 45 ACP Suppressor-Ready Specs:

  • SKU: 01830
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Mag. Cap.: 8
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 9.4 In.
  • Barrel Length: 5.75 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 33.6 Oz.
  • Sights: High Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,397
DW Vigil 45 ACP Suppressor-Ready

DW Vigil 9MM Suppressor-Ready Specs:

  • SKU: 01831
  • Caliber: 9MM Luger
  • Mag. Cap.: 9
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 9.4 In.
  • Barrel Length: 5.75 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 33.6 Oz.
  • Sights: High Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,397.00

DW Vigil 45 ACP Commander Specs:

  • SKU: 01834
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Mag. Cap.: 8
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 7.9 In.
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 30.5 Oz.
  • Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil 45 ACP Commander
    DW Vigil 45 ACP Commander

DW Vigil 9MM Commander Specs:

  • SKU: 01835
  • Caliber: 9MM Luger
  • Mag. Cap.: 9
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 7.9 In.
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 30.5 Oz.
  • Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

DW Vigil CCO 45 ACP Specs:

  • SKU: 01836
  • Caliber: 45 ACP
  • Mag. Cap.: 7
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 7.9 In.
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 29.5 Oz.
  • Sights: Front Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

    DW Vigil CCO 45 ACP
    DW Vigil CCO 45 ACP

DW Vigil CCO 9MM Specs:

  • SKU: 01837
  • Caliber: 9MM Luger
  • Mag. Cap.: 8
  • Frame Material: Aluminum
  • Frame Finish: Duty Black
  • Slide Finish: Duty Black
  • Grip: Wood
  • Overall Length: 7.9 In.
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 In.
  • Width: 1.45 In.
  • Weight: 29.5 Oz.
  • Sights: High Night Sight, Tactical Rear
  • Safety Elements: Manual Thumb and Grip Safety
  • MSRP: $1,298.00

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Bill
Bill (@hittpink)
1 year ago

So how does the velocity and accuracy compare with other DW 1911s?

JDT
JDT (@jdt)
1 year ago

Glad I bought my DW long ago for $840, MSRP is now $1600 or so….. inflation is a b!+ch

JPM
JPM (@jpm)
1 year ago

More affordable for whom?

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
1 year ago

Unless the barrel is ramped, I would steer clear of any aluminum framed firearm. I had a Colt lt.wt. commander in 45acp that would only feed fmj and that only 71% of the time.

Arm up, carry on.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
1 year ago

I got rid of it about 30 years ago. Did try to polish the feed ramp. Didn’t work. Evidently there is some kind of coating they put on the aluminum feed ramp. There is also a feed ramp insert but it requires milling the frame. If I had it to do over I would just mill out for a PARA ramp. It’s good to hear that Wilson mags can fix the problem. Thank you.

Arm up, carry on.