Dan Wesson DWX: the half-CZ, half-1911 competition pistol
SHOT Show 2023 – Dan Wesson, a CZ group brand, relaunches the DWX 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol, a competition-oriented design that takes cues from both the CZ-75 and the legendary 1911
First announced back in 2019, the Dan Wesson DWX 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol never really took off on the market – until now. 2023 sees Dan Wesson relaunching the DWX in full swing, now shipping to distributors and back on display at SHOT Show.
What began as an innovative idea among the brilliant minds at CZ and Dan Wesson has finally come to life: the DWX pistol, a grand melding between the signature pistol designs manufactured by the two brands, Available in 9mm Luger and ideal for everything from IPSC/USPSA competition to recreational shooting and tactical deployments.
The DWX starts with the crisp single-action fire control group from a Dan Wesson 1911 and combines it with the ergonomics and capacity of a CZ pistol. The grip angle and contour draw their lineage directly to the venerated CZ-75, providing an excellent fit for most shooters. Correspondingly, the full-size DWX is compatible with standard CZ-75 grips. In addition, low-profile red aluminum grips help drive the shooter's hand high in the beavertail and provide a fantastic texture to plant it firmly in hand.
More than just a competition handgun, the DWX sports a locked-breech barrel system for simplicity and features a CZ-style take-down via the slide stop. Borrowing time-proven double-stack magazines from CZ pistol families, the full-size DWX employs the same magazines used on the P-09 and P-10 service handguns, offering a staggering 19+1 capacity in 9mm Luger.
An ambidextrous safety delivers easy access for right- and left-handed shooters, while a flat, K-style trigger offers a textured face for a positive feel. Front strap checkering aids grip control, while a 1913 Picatinny rail makes it easy to mount a light or laser. The match-grade barrel with a bushing-less barrel system offers shooters unparalleled accuracy and easy take-down.
DWX competitive shooters will appreciate another benefit of its high degree of tunability and customizability. Many parts already on the market will fit, all built around the 1911 fire control group. With a 1911-style dovetail front sight and CZ Shadow 2-style rear sight, factory and aftermarket options also abound. MSRP for the US market is set at $2,099.00.