Dan Wesson revolvers


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equalizer
April 22, 2011, 05:44 PM
Anyone a DW nut? I hear talk about the (strongest) .44mag and in my opinion it's not all about that. If I want to pound something harder than a .44 then I use a rifle. A Smith&Wesson has a great trigger. A Ruger is another tank, a Colt is a Colt. They all have an attribute, but what about accuracy? This, once again in my opion, is where the DW shines. The .44 has interchangeable barrels of 2,4,6, and 10". You set the cylinder/barrel gap yourself. I set my at .002 for jackets and .004 for lead, so when I shoot my reloads they're isn't much difference in velocity. It gives me excellent accuracy. The trigger is smooth in double action and it breaks like glass in single. I just don't hear alot about Dan Wessons. They were made for sillouhette shooting, and have super strong frames. ;)

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rikman
April 22, 2011, 05:47 PM
Beautiful! Send'em my if you need more ammo put through them ;-)

Zundfolge
April 22, 2011, 05:50 PM
I like my 14-2 snubbie.

http://www.macvanpublishing.com/mike/DW14-2_TylerT_1.jpg

If you haven't been there, there's a home for DW Nuts (http://www.danwessonforum.com).

DM~
April 22, 2011, 07:10 PM
Over the years, i've owned several....they are all gone for a reason, but i still have my S&W's.

DM

Karl Hungus
April 22, 2011, 08:07 PM
You are right about the accuracy. Most accurate revolver I've ever shot.

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee278/jer123456789/100_1362.jpg?t=1303517047

I use mine for large bore silhouette.

GuitarsAndGuns
April 22, 2011, 08:17 PM
I love my DW. Very accurate.
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh227/hbk71/DSCN0901.jpg

Walkalong
April 22, 2011, 08:31 PM
I like mine. I would like a .44 one day.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=129863&d=1288539426

Red Cent
April 22, 2011, 08:38 PM
Forty some years old.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/DanWesson.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/DanWesson004.jpg

hongrn
April 22, 2011, 09:05 PM
Mine is about 20 years old, .357 Magnum.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y48/hongrn/My%20Guns/P4220021.jpg

Hong

robhof
April 22, 2011, 09:37 PM
140963Now you done opened a can of worms!! My trusty model 40 with the 6" barrel, I've also got the 8" and 10" and can hit the 200yd gong with any of them.;):cool::)

DWFan
April 22, 2011, 10:06 PM
Typical Dan Wesson accuracy: 1.5" to 2" groups at 100 yards. Twice that size at half that distance is considered good for other brands. Don't take my word for it; go back and read the tests done by Grenell, Taffin, Spotti and such.

oldfool
April 23, 2011, 12:30 AM
I am so old that I can remember when everyone said...

for a great trigger get a S&W
for great strength get a Ruger
for great accuracy get a Dan Wesson
and nobody ever disrespected Colts (re: for great, get a Colt), they mostly just couldn't afford 'em

and nobody even argued about any of that, they were just happy with any of 'em
then came the internet

Remo223
April 23, 2011, 12:35 AM
I have a DW 357. Awesome gun. but the trigger sucks in double action. imo, it might as well be a single action only gun.

FIVETWOSEVEN
April 23, 2011, 01:09 AM
Someday I would love to own one so I can have both a pocket gun and a tack driver.

hemiram
April 23, 2011, 03:07 AM
I have 3:

A blued 15-2 4"VH
A SS 715 6"VH in near mint condition.
a blued 44 6"VH

I like S&W too, but I like DW guns better.

Remllez
April 23, 2011, 09:58 AM
I hear ya about the accuracy....I've owned and shot many Dans over the years,I have one left that I won't sell. It is the most consistently accurate revolver I've ever shot.

The double action trigger pull is smoother than any Smith I've owned and the single action "forget about it!" The short action takes some getting used to but the faster lock time is worth it in spades when it comes to accuracy.

Being able to change barrel lengths and setting your own B/C gap is just icing on the cake. The cylinder lock up is bank vault tight and unique to Dan Wesson. Again,it takes some getting used to the location of the cylinder release,but it becomes second nature in a short time.

And Dan owners don't be telling people these fine revolvers are always less than a comparable Smith. Let's just keep that little secret to ourselves!

Redlegvzv
April 23, 2011, 09:39 PM
I have a Dan Wesson 357 15-2 manufactured circa 1980. It is a tack-driver even on double action. DW built good guns and this one is a shooter!
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a331/Roger54/_DSC3933.jpg

hardluk1
April 24, 2011, 10:36 AM
I own 2 15-2 DW One with only a 6" barrel one with a 6" and 8". Also a 44 with a 6" vented and unvented barrel and 8". Bought my first one around '76.

Change the 15-2 hammer spring to a lighter wolf and and the complaners should stop complaning about da trigger pull. Mine is 4 1/2lb da. Never falled to fire a round.
Only firearm with a wesson in its name in my house is a Dan Wesson

Remo223
April 24, 2011, 07:39 PM
I'll have to give a lighter spring a try. I don't think it will make any difference though. I say that because it's not the trigger pull that sucks on the DW. Its the trigger rebound that is so pathetic. as long as you are shooting slow(as in single action) it's no big deal. But when you try to rip off 2 or 3 fast shots, that crummy trigger rebound is annoying.

Mike J
April 24, 2011, 08:55 PM
http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q447/jmj1015/DSCN0338.jpg

Mine isn't as pretty as ya'all's but I like it a lot. It shoots & functions well. I found it in a pawnshop back in the late 90's for $100.

Mike J
April 24, 2011, 09:20 PM
http://http://i351.photobucket.com/albums/q447/jmj1015/DSCN0338.jpg

Please delete this post I seem to be having problems posting a pic.

hardluk1
April 25, 2011, 07:57 AM
remo , If you want faster trigger pull then buy some sw maybe that will never shoot as accurately as the DW but it may be faster. I don't run around play'n fast shot with mine so I would not know about rebound problems. Never had a problem with mine in the 335 years I have had it.

ljnowell
April 25, 2011, 02:45 PM
A good friend of mine has a DW 44mag. We took it out last week and shot some handloads that I helped him work up on my equipment. It is an incredible gun. The trigger, I must say, was phenomenal on his gun. If they are all like that I understand why people love them so.

Sniper X
April 25, 2011, 03:07 PM
Shoots like it was a comp gun too. I only have the Six inch barrel but DW makes new ones now.

http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/121/67fd25c5957c48d78b91f9c06a7c5e3c/l.jpg


http://a2.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/130/194ee49dc3aa41afba94fea970d63676/l.jpg

hardluk1
April 25, 2011, 04:48 PM
Sniper X check out the barrels made by EWK. he has a site at the dan Wesson forum and he makes slab side shroads and slow twist barrels for heavy bullets and his prices are all most 1/3rd what cz ask. along with a better front sights and some springs. If you ever deside to reblue ? The guy that use to do DW guns is at Blue Ridge Blueing.

Zundfolge
April 25, 2011, 04:58 PM
I own 2 15-2 DW One with only a 6' barrel ...

Wow! a SIX FOOT barrel? :neener:

And I thought the 15" barrels EWK makes are crazy!

http://www.ewkarms.com/indexSubheader.jpg

Sniper X
April 25, 2011, 06:43 PM
Hardluk1 said:Sniper X check out the barrels made by EWK. he has a site at the dan Wesson forum and he makes slab side shroads and slow twist barrels for heavy bullets and his prices are all most 1/3rd what cz ask. along with a better front sights and some springs. If you ever deside to reblue ? The guy that use to do DW guns is at Blue Ridge Blueing.


Thanks, I did hear about the very nice gentleman at Blue Ridge and he WILL be getting my 14 service soon! Do you have a link to the barrels?

Mike J
April 25, 2011, 06:49 PM
Here is a link to the barrel assemblies on EWK's site Sniper X http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13

Zundfolge that set up looks really cool. I dug around on their site & couldn't find anything like it. Did they quit making it.

salvo
April 25, 2011, 08:09 PM
I have three Dan Wessons that I bought new in the 80's when I was heavy in IHMSA, all are Monson, Mass. made guns.

Model 722 .22 LR
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d71/SeaOx/Dan%20Wesson/DanWesson722-1.jpg

Model 740 .357 SuperMag
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d71/SeaOx/Dan%20Wesson/DanWesson740-1.jpg

Model 7445 .445 SuperMag
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d71/SeaOx/Dan%20Wesson/DanWesson7445-1.jpg

hardluk1
April 26, 2011, 12:16 PM
Thank you Mike J

Deltaboy
April 26, 2011, 08:12 PM
I gave my Dad my DW so he could have a 2 barreled gun 4 inch and 2 inch in 357. With the 2 inch barrel I could fill a 3 inch circle drawn on a standard paper plate at 40 yards.

CajunBass
April 27, 2011, 08:04 AM
I am so old that I can remember when everyone said...

for a great trigger get a S&W
for great strength get a Ruger
for great accuracy get a Dan Wesson
and nobody ever disrespected Colts (re: for great, get a Colt), they mostly just couldn't afford 'em

and nobody even argued about any of that, they were just happy with any of 'em
then came the internet

:D Ain't THAT the truth? ;)

I've got one Dan Wesson in 22 LR.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/001-1.jpg

If there is anything "wrong" with it, it's that it is, both big and heavy. But man can that gun shoot.

Zundfolge
April 27, 2011, 04:04 PM
Here is a link to the barrel assemblies on EWK's site Sniper X http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13

Zundfolge that set up looks really cool. I dug around on their site & couldn't find anything like it. Did they quit making it.

He only made a couple of them ... I imagine he'd make another one on request.


One of the guys on the DW forum just got one from him recently. (http://www.danwessonforum.com/forum/revolvers/ewk-15-barrel-i-got-one)

LHRGunslinger
April 27, 2011, 04:20 PM
Is it just me or does Dan Wesson make some MEAN lookin revolvers?

equalizer
April 27, 2011, 04:51 PM
No my friend, it's not just you. :cool:

planetmobius
April 27, 2011, 11:44 PM
I have the .22, .357 and .44. I also have a pile of S&W's and a few colts including a Python that I would give away before parting with my DW's.

ClemY
April 28, 2011, 03:46 PM
Back in the 80s I used my 8 HB DW744 for handgun silhouette. It was very accurate. After I stopped that I finally got around to getting a light 6 barrel for it. It is the most accurate .44 I have.

LHRGunslinger
April 29, 2011, 04:39 PM
I'm lookin at these things & all I can think is "Damn that's one well thought out design". If you're a righty you use your left hand to grab the cylinder, thumb the release & drop the pistol grip with your right hand & pop the speedloader in, twist, drop the speedloader, snap the cylinder back into place with your left hand while you're grabbing the grip with the right. Simple, effective, & pretty darn quick.

ClemY
April 29, 2011, 07:33 PM
As an engineer, I appreciate a good mechanical design. I look at the Redhawk and Super Redhawk and compare it to the Dan Wesson and I prefer the internal design of the Rugers, but the Dan Wesson is just as tough and more accurate. The DW has a few more small parts than the Rugers. As a silhouette shooter, I got about 1000 rds. through a DW barrel before the accuracy started to drop off a little, so I would change out the barrel and go back to work.

LHRGunslinger
April 29, 2011, 08:07 PM
Oh I don't know the first thing about the engineering side of it. I just think it forces you to put your hands in the ideal position for a speed reload much faster than a conventional revolver.

mrbro
April 29, 2011, 08:20 PM
...I got about 1000 rds. through a DW barrel before the accuracy started to drop off a little, so I would change out the barrel and go back to work.

I've never heard of this happening, I'm not questioning it, just surprised I've never seen it mentioned before.

ClemY
April 29, 2011, 09:53 PM
The gun is very accurate, but if you are trying to do well, you demand a high degree of accuracy. I felt that the barrel was good for about 1000 rds. of top flight accuracy. It was obviously good for a lot more if you weren't so particular, but barrels were relatively inexpensive, so I could afford to change them out. I have a box full of slightly used barrels.

nearmiss
May 4, 2011, 05:24 PM
What model is that?

ClemY
May 4, 2011, 09:11 PM
I used a DW744, .44 magnum with an 8" heavy rib and barrel when I shot silhouette with a revolver. Here is a photo of the same gun with a 6" light rib barrel.

Red Cent
May 6, 2011, 07:41 PM
Here is my DW sporting a 3" EWK heavy barrel received today. Set up to compete in PCCA.

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/DanWesson006.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/DanWesson010.jpg

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee189/redcent69/Handguns/DanWesson007.jpg

equalizer
May 17, 2011, 11:03 AM
Anyone here of EWK making .44 barrelled assemblies?

equalizer
May 17, 2011, 11:04 AM
Anyone hear of EWK making .44 barrelled assemblies?

Red Cent
May 17, 2011, 02:56 PM
Eric will make about anything. Especially in the slab side. Sometimes he has on hand the standard barrel lengths with shrouds. Both the heavy vent rib or the plain combo. Need to go to his site. Good response time here.

Whitman31
May 17, 2011, 03:08 PM
Pork Chops anyone? I picked up my first DW Revolver last week. I've only had one chance to shoot it and it was awesome.

http://i183.photobucket.com/albums/x281/whitman31/DW357.jpg

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