Hunter Elliott from RangeHot.com is well known for his thorough and practical review of firearms. In this post Hunter takes a close look at the Dan Wesson Bruin and tells us what he thinks of this firearm. Be sure to check out Hunter’s video below, where he does a practical review of the gun. So without much further delay, we let Hunter take it away!
My first exposure to the Dan Wesson Bruin was the 2016 SHOT show. I am a huge fan of the 10mm Auto and have grown to really appreciate the Dan Wesson 1911 since I reviewed the Dan Wesson ECO. You can read that review by following this link.
Let’s talk a little about Dan Wesson the company. Dan Wesson was founded in 1968 by Daniel B Wesson II, being the great grandson of Daniel Baird Wesson, co- founder of Smith and Wesson. Dan Wesson II worked at S&W from 1938 until 1963. Dan Wesson II earned a degree in Material Science and Metallurgy. Shortly after Smith and Wesson was purchased in 1965 by Bangor Punta Alegre Sugar Corporation, based in Bangor, Maine, Dan Wesson II left the company to begin designing his own high end revolvers. Dan Wesson was originally based in Monson, Massachusetts. Dan Wesson passed away in 1978 and without his leadership, despite a loyal following, shortly filed for bankruptcy. The company was then moved to Palmer Massachusetts, and changed Danthe name to Wesson Firearms. but still sales were poor and yet another bankruptcy was filed. The company was bought by Bob Serva, who moved the company to Norwich NY, where it is currently located. In 2005 Wesson Firearms was acquired by CZ-USA. CZ-USA also builds a fine line of firearms and has the working capital to allow Dan Wesson Firearms to continue to build high end revolvers and 1911s
My first impression of this weapon are as follow – solid aluminum trigger, adjustable for overtravel, breaking crisp at four pounds with just a bit of takeup and almost no overtravel. The slide stop and extended thumb safety are serrated, while the magazine catch is checkered.
Some of the features
- Green fiber optic front and rear yellow night sights dovetailed in the slide,
- Skeletonized speed hammer, angled rear cocking serrations,
- Match grade 6.3″ barrel,
- Lowered and flared ejection port,
- Twenty two pound recoil spring,
- G10 stocks, and
- Checkered mainspring housing and front strap at twenty five lines per inch.
Other than the recoil spring plug being angled, the Bruin detail strips as any other 1911 style pistol, not incorporating a firing pin safety. After some 500 rounds, paying attention to the sear, disconnect, hammer, and radial locking lugs on the barrel and their mating area inside the slide, all was holding up well. Dan Wesson uses an all steel GI length guide rod and reduced radiused firing pin stop in the Bruin. The plunger spring is not kinked, so be advised when removing the thumb safety. The pistol ships with two eight round magazines and a polymer bushing wrench.
Going to the 6.3″ barrel and longslide has many benefits for a handgun if you are not concerned about easy concealability. Increased sight radius, accuracy, and increase in velocity are all pluses.
Wrapping It Up – Final Thoughts On The Dan Wesson Bruin
Dan Wesson builds fine pistols but they are, indeed, expensive. They are not standard production pistols but hand fitted with forged steel and no MIM parts. Considering time and material cost one would exspect such an increase in cost. The Bruin is a pistol that fills the handgun hunting niche while easily spilling over in many other categories, such as defense and range duty. The 10mm Auto surpasses the .357 Magnum in energy with a larger and heavier bullet. Add in the increased capacity and speed of reload and to me it is a clear option. Many states regulate handgun barrels must be six inches or better to be legal for hunting, and the Bruin satisfies that with room to spare. When the dust cleared and all the brass was policed I was satisfied that the Bruin performed as Dan Wesson claims. This pistol is also available in .45 Automatic and all black finish.
- Product Name DW Bruin Bronze – 10mm Auto
- SKU 01881
- Firearm Type Handgun
- MSRP $2,194.00
- Chambering 10mm Auto/.45 Auto
- Magazine Capacity 8
- Magazine Type Single Stack
- Frame Black Duty/Bi tone Bronze receiver black slide.
- Trigger single action breaking at 4 pounds
- Sights Adjustable Tritium with Tritium/Fiber Optic Front
- Barrel Length 6.3″
- Weight 43.9 oz
- Overall Length 9.7 in
- Height 5.8 in
- Width 1.5 in
- Safety Manual Thumb Safety/ Grip Safety
Disclaimer: This article was contributed by Hunter Elliott from RangeHot.com. The original article first appeared on RangeHot.com and was republished on this site (www.smokingbarrelusa.com) with the explicit approval from the original author, namely Hunter Elliott.