Combine the Perfect Grip of the CZ 75 and the Trigger of the 1911 to get the Ultimate Pistol – The Dan Wesson DWX
FROM THE TOP
Starting from the top down, the DWX uses a full-length, full-width slide with cocking serrations fore and aft. The front sight is a fiber-optic installation. The rear is adjustable, and the slide has been thoroughly, and I mean thoroughly, dehorned. There’s not a sharp edge to be found, no matter how much I rubbed my hands over the slide. The extractor is more than robust, being a steel lever more than an inch and a half in length and driven by a coil spring underneath it.
The 5-inch barrel locks up in the ejection port, and is enjoyable to shoot in 9mm. The CZ 75 design does not use a barrel bushing, and the barrel is deeply coned as a crown at the muzzle to protect the rifling. Inside, the recoil spring is a flat coil, and it is wrapped around a full-length aluminum guide rod.
The frame is steel, and the dust cover extends to the end of the slide. Underneath, there is an accessory rail with seven slots to attach a light, laser, combo unit or whatever you want. The triggerguard is not exactly square, but the front face of it is vertical with a tight curve at the bottom. Unlike the curved triggerguard of the CZ 75, the DWX has a 1911-appearing triggerguard. Those of you who favor getting the index finger of your support hand up on the triggerguard will find it useful, especially since it is checkered.
Speaking of checkering, the frontstrap and backstrap of the frame both utilize 25LPI checkering. The frontstrap is checkered in the middle section with smooth, curved surfaces above and below it, places where your hand might need to slide a smidge to ensure a secure grip. In the middle, the sharp checkering will keep your hand in place. On the backstrap, the checkering begins below the tight curve of what would be the grip safety on a 1911 frame. There is no such thing on a CZ 75, but checkering on a compound curved surface is not just not easy, it’s almost impossible. And, your hand needs to slide there, so Dan Wesson left it smooth. Then, at the bottom, a location where you might have a coat or other garment catch on checkering, Dan Wesson left the corner of the butt smooth so cloth would slide off and keep your DWX concealed.
The grips on the full-sized DWX are checkered and anodized aluminum from the Henning Group. They are anodized red to match the anodizing of the trigger bow and Henning aluminum base pads. Above the grips, Dan Wesson has installed an ambidextrous thumb safety.