Pre CZ Dan Wessons


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Jericho76
August 28, 2011, 10:20 PM
Hi there all. I have seem these for sale occasionally for pretty good prices. Is there anything wrong with them or are they as good as any current Dan Wesson?

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hardluk1
August 29, 2011, 01:26 PM
You might want to go the the dan wesson forum and ask in the revlover section. I have 3 of the earlier monson mass made revolvers . 2-357 15-2 models and 1 blued 44 mags. All are beyond being great shooters. I have had had one for 35 years . You can find a blueing issue with some were the frame will turn to a purple color but thats not a real issue as a shooter. Would i trade today for a costlier sw brand . NO way.

Only revolvers that can out shot them would be a freedom arms, period On a good day the dw's can still hold there own. You can also load then to higher levels and still have them hold up.

Over at the DW foum one small company makes different custom grips at low cost and another makes shrouds and barrels ,front sites, barrel wrench's, nuts and springs. Also The man that owns Blue Ridge Blueing use to do there blueing for some time. If you find one that can use blueing his price's are very good. Also sell any sping you might ever need. CZ still does any smithy work needed to along with parts.

Price can run from 350 to 450 for a blued 357 in shooting shape from fair to nice . On up for pistol packs to around a 1000 dollars many more depending on the model. SS models of course run a bit higher along with supermags. None of mine have ever had any work to them in all these years.

Jericho76
August 29, 2011, 04:21 PM
Thanks for the insight.Appreciate it.

carbuncle
August 29, 2011, 04:42 PM
I had a 6" barrel 15-2 and foolishly sold it: easily the most accurate gun I ever owned. I'm always on the lookout for one locally so I can correct my mistake.

jem375
August 29, 2011, 04:45 PM
My most accurate 45ACP is a Dan Wesson Pointman Major, comes with a match barrel and McCormick match trigger. And yes, it was before CZ bought them out...............

Jericho76
August 29, 2011, 04:45 PM
Had a look at the dan wesson forum and found a lot of good info.

hardluk1
August 29, 2011, 09:20 PM
jem375 the dw 1911 are not the same thing. Just another good clone gun , but still a clone . Bob serva killed the company instead of maintaining equipment for a standard revolver line and eneded up lossing it to cz

wheelgunslinger
August 29, 2011, 09:34 PM
I think the old ones are as good or better than the new ones.

valnar
August 31, 2011, 07:03 PM
I love my pre-CZ Dan Wesson PM7-S 1911. It's my only current 1911.

The title didn't specify revolvers only, so I thought I'd mention it.

Hunterdad
September 1, 2011, 08:00 AM
I would have to say that the old Monson DW's are better than the current CZ's.

TonyT
September 1, 2011, 10:58 AM
I have two of the pre-CZ DAn Wesson Pointmans -p one in 45 ACP the other with two uppers in 9mm and 40 S&W. I also have the new DFW PM-9. The polder pre-CZ DW's are a\t lerast as good as the current versions.

sugarmaker
September 1, 2011, 12:45 PM
I have a Monson made 44VH 8". The gun holds 3 1/2" 100y groups from all 6 cylinders, shoots like a caddilac compared to my 629. Still tight after about 3,000 rounds.

valnar
September 1, 2011, 02:17 PM
As a point of reference, can anyone tell me how the revolvers from these companies generally stack up against each other? As someone who only buys S&W, would adding an older Dan Wesson to my stable be better than any particular S&W model?

S&W
Ruger
Dan Wesson
Taurus
Colt

hardluk1
September 1, 2011, 08:52 PM
Yes an old DW from monson and early palmer days should be better than a S&W. You can load the large frames them longer and hotter than the standard mags and then theres the super mags if your lucky. 2 of mine will shot at 3" for 100 yard groups off a bench and with red dots. Third has no scope or dot and my eyes ain't what they once were. Only handgun that can out shot the dw's is freedom arms at way more money and its a single action. DW is comeing out with a new 357 mag in SS made with new machines so time will tell if its as good if it ever makes it to the public. They say all parts are the same. Maybe ,maybe the custom shop 460's might shoot with the dw's large frame.

Shear_stress
September 1, 2011, 09:18 PM
I had a Monson 15-VH years ago. It was incredibly accurate though it lagged well behind my S&Ws in its fit and finish.

As the owner of a 2009 Pointman-9 I believe Dan Wesson's recent production 1911s are generally made of better quality parts than their older guns. That said, DWs aren't the great value they once were either. Prices for some guns in their lineup are inching toward Ed Brown territory.

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