October 19, 2004, 03:08 PM
How's the quality of recent production Dan Wessons? I believe they use forged internals now as opposed to some years ago. Is it worth the premium over the S&W 629 ($150 more typically)? How much stronger are they than the 629?
October 19, 2004, 04:22 PM
Dan Wesson quality has always been so spotty, I'd be extremely reluctant to take a chance on it. I don't doubt it's a stronger revolver than the Smith & Wesson, but for myself, I'd wait until the company's quality has been top grade for at least a decade.
October 19, 2004, 09:19 PM
DW has and does have some quality control problems, but then so does every other gun manufacturer these days. The DW is going to be a lot stronger than the S&W. The DW is probably more comparable to a Ruger Redhawk in terms of durability. The new DW's do have forged hammers and triggers as opposed to the old sintered steel parts. The new parts are interchangable with the old ones. If you get a good DW, it will likely be the most accurate revovler you will ever have. Years ago I had a 357, I foolishly traded it away.:(