Dan Wesson 44Mag


April 16, 2009, 05:26 PM
I'm looking at one of these, but know very little about them. I know Smiths and Rugers, but not DW's. Anyone have an opinion on these?

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Rio Laxas
April 16, 2009, 08:21 PM
It is my understanding that the Monson, Mass. revolvers are very good. I used to have one that was great, BUT I did have to send it to Dan Wesson and have $150 worth of work done on it soon after I got it. It was by far the best at absorbing recoil of any 44 I have shot.

April 16, 2009, 08:26 PM
Well, for that matter, the timing can be off on any gun. I've never heard that to be a particular problem with the DW.

But, here was my complaint. If you look at the angle of the hammer spur on the 44 mag and then compare it to the angle of the hammer spur on the 357, the 44 is designed to where it doesn't provide enough resistance when cocking with my thumb. The spur on the 44 slopes too far back, and since it's just cast metal, no metalsmith would work on it for me.

Also, since it's cast metal, the ridges on the top of the hammer spur weren't very pronounced.

The problem for me was that during single action shooting, while cocking the hammer, the hammer would sometimes slip during cocking. I sold it.

Compare it to the 357. The 357's hammer spur is at a much steeper angle allowing for a better grip.

But that's just me.

The 44:


The 357:


April 17, 2009, 12:36 AM
My dad has a DW .357...it is the finest revolver I have ever held or shot. Phenomenal gun. The swappable barrels are awesome as well.

April 17, 2009, 12:47 AM
Dan Wessons are excellent revolvers. Accuracy is legendary. The .44 can handle full power loads constantly. It's mass is considerable so recoil is much easier to deal with. If you're mechanically inclined look at the design and you'll see that these guns are well thought out.

April 17, 2009, 09:24 AM
Thanks for the input. I tend to load a little hot and I know the rugers can take that and the smiths don't like it so much, but I wasn't sure about the DW's. I have been trying to trade one of my 9mm's for a double action 44, all I have right now are single action rugers, and a guy has offered me a DW. Let's see where it goes.
Thanks again!!!

April 17, 2009, 10:00 AM
If the one you're looking at is solid, you're gonna really like the 'Dan'.
I have a 4" model 15 Monson 357 that is turning into my [2nd] favorite revolver. Great bargains for a very nice piece in the modern age of over priced S&W's.
I'd really like to pick up a .44Mag in the near future to go along with it.
[my colt OMS is my favorite, I don't think it will ever be superceded)

April 17, 2009, 10:49 AM
I am a big fan of early DW revolvers. If the DW your look'n at is made in monson or palmer chances are it's a good one. My 357 is around 30 years old and has problably seen thousands of full house loads with no problems and only a slit cylinder mark. I would not trade for any other newest and greatest from anyone. Just pickup a palmer made 44 about 2 months ago and after installing a houge rubber grip took it to the range and am very pleased with it. Big guns they are, but there were made to take major abuse. Very accurate.

April 17, 2009, 11:17 AM
Anything ,other than the obvious signs of wear and misuse, I should look for that would make it a "Bad One"?

April 17, 2009, 11:50 AM
I should look for that would make it a "Bad One"?

Study this thread.


April 17, 2009, 02:10 PM
Welcome to the Dan Wesson Fan Boy Club.

Membership includes a Dan Wesson Patch and the undeniable urge to recommend a Dan Wesson to everyone who asks about multi-purpose revolvers.

April 19, 2009, 01:23 PM
I have a stainless DW 44 Mag and love it. I also have several others and have never had any issues with them.

You might also want to visit www.danwessonforum.com for more information on them.

Good Luck!

April 22, 2009, 04:48 PM
Well, the guy finally sent me a pic. I'm not sure what to think of this. Opinions?

April 22, 2009, 05:55 PM

How much does he want??

April 22, 2009, 06:20 PM
Looks almost exactly like mine, except mine is 6". The plum color frame is normal on an older DW 44. If the price is right, grab it up!! I was cleaning mine up a little last night, and I don't see any problem with the hammer spur angle. I have no problem cocking it with my thumb, and besides, the transfer bar won't allow it to actually fire without the trigger being pulled.

April 22, 2009, 07:26 PM
That also looks like my 44 with the plumb frame and blued barrel and trigger area. Mine is very accurate with it 6" barrel.

April 22, 2009, 07:36 PM
I'm trying to trade my M&P 9mm for a 44, but I'm not so sure this is the one.

April 22, 2009, 07:41 PM
Plum bluing is common. I kinda like it since it is characteristic of a DW.
you're gonna pass? Is it local to you? or perhaps in cen texas? If so, I might know someone in Austin who might be interested. :)


April 23, 2009, 09:23 AM
You know the picture doesn't do the pistol any justice (and I'm not saying my picture is any better).

But that color purple sure didn't seem right to me, so I got my safe queen out and looked at her and sure enough, there is a plum color to the frame. I think the picture you have there maybe exaggerates the color due to the lighting or the flash. (see my picture below, only where the oil is on the frame does it look plum).

In person this is one of the most beautiful pistols I own. I really like my Dan Wesson (More than my 629 and my 29 8 3/8). If you can check it out before you buy I'd sure think long and hard about it. If it's a blind trade, with this being the only picture you have to go on, I might pass.

Shooting 44 specials out of this thing is a dream..... dead on accurate and NO recoil. Easier than a 38 special wad cutter!

April 23, 2009, 09:56 AM
I'm trying to trade my M&P 9mm for a 44, but I'm not so sure this is the one.

I'm with you. I don't like the purple, either. And guaranteed DW didn't intend for their frames to do that. Purple color on firearms parts, so I've been told, are the result of such things as not getting the tanks hot enough or using the solution too many times before changing.

If you have your heart set on a DW, why not go to gunbroker and look for stainless?

April 23, 2009, 12:25 PM
The plum coloring is normal,you also see it on some of the older Ruger single actions IMO it gives the gun some character. Don't let the color change your mind if the price is right. In my opinion the Monson made Dan Wessons are far better than the similar model Smiths and you don't pay the extra premium for the name. I picked this one up last year for 350.00 http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm51/homedepotgeorge/DSCN0919-1.jpg

April 23, 2009, 12:44 PM
I've a few DW's, in 22, 357, & 44. Some SS & some blued. A few have that plum tint but they all shoot great! The ability to change barrels & shroud styles is nice, one bolt to change grips is convenient and they sure are well made.

April 23, 2009, 01:54 PM
If you have your heart set on a DW, why not go to gunbroker and look for stainless?

Here lies the problem. I do not have my heart set on a DW. I would much prefer a 4" Redhawk. I just haven't found one. I have been trying to trade my 9, that I don't have any ammo for, for a 44, that I have tons of ammo for. I want a double action 44 to carry when I'm at my hunting property. I have several single action 44's, but no double. When this one was offered, I didn't know enough about it to make an informed decision. You guys have helped a ton. I have asked the guy if he has any of the extras that came with this gun and if that is rust on the sights. Both will help make up my mind.
I do value your opinions.

April 23, 2009, 04:08 PM
here's a couple links to help your decision:

I have the 1978 vintage 15-2 357mag Pistol Pac. It is hands down the best shooting gun I own.
BTW, the coloring is normal.

good luck

April 24, 2009, 10:09 AM
Well, here is the total package. The deal is my M&P 9 for this. I'm not sure. Again, your thoughts?
Thanks for everything!!!

April 24, 2009, 11:26 AM
Do it. I have a Monson DW .357 and I always have people trying to trade me out of it.
They aren't making any more at Monson, or anywhere else. Monson's are particularly nice.

You can always get another M/P.

April 24, 2009, 12:26 PM
The gun looks to have seen some abuse. It is probably still mechanically sound, but personally I couldn't see my way clear to trading a gun that is worth around 450 or so for a dan wesson 44 that looked like that. On the other hand I can be picky, the extra barrel is nice, and dan wessons have been increasing in value the last several years. All that really matters is if you like it.

April 24, 2009, 12:34 PM
It hasn't been pampered, that is for sure, but if it mechanically sound, it should be fine. Until a couple of days ago I had never owned a Dan Wesson. I can't wait to pick it up. I am anxious to try it out.

If you like the deal, go for it. Like they say, they aren't making them any more, and your M&P is a dime a dozen right now. :)

General Geoff
April 24, 2009, 01:41 PM
I got one thing to say about that revolver:

Diamond in the rough. :)

April 24, 2009, 01:56 PM
They are a bit of a diamond in the rough, but they respond well to tender loving care. I used mine with an 8" heavy barrel for silhouette. It now wears a light 6" barrel. After reaming the chamber throats to .431", it shoots great. It is my most accurate .44 and one of my most accurate revos.

Single action trigger is now very good. Double action trigger is practically useless.

April 25, 2009, 12:06 AM
My Dan Wesson .44 is a joy to shoot. The mass helps relieve some of the recoil. Accuracy of course is outstanding.

April 25, 2009, 10:40 AM
That's a pretty sorry looking speciman. I wouldn't do it.

Sell your Smith and use the $$$$ to get something else.

April 25, 2009, 12:50 PM
I might pass on that one

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