Dan Wesson 357 with a four inch barrel


Muley Chaser
October 6, 2011, 06:40 PM
So i just traded an old Romanian WASR10 with a tapco intrafuse stock set and some mags for a Dan Wesson in 357, I hear that you can get the barrel sets and son and so forth but would any of you say I got jipped at all? I personally think i came out on top because the 357 is more practical for me but I was just wondering about the value of each of these guns.

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October 6, 2011, 06:45 PM
You did good. I had a Dan Wesson 15-2 revolver years ago that I foolishly traded for a Win. 94 30-30. Most accurate wheel gun I ever owned. I'm still kicking myself about it. Enjoy your DW.

October 6, 2011, 06:47 PM
You got a better deal.
Hard to carry the wasr10 any were but the range.
Very hard to beat a DW 357. unless it was a S&W :neener:

October 6, 2011, 06:49 PM
WASR's are very common and one in a Tapco stock reduces it's value even more. Dan Wesson's while not rare shoot very very well and can go from concealed carry to the deer woods in about 1 minute.

Barrels are available up to 12 inches maybe 15, check the DW website, someone is making barrels and shrouds in custom configurations at reasonable prices. I think ya done good.

October 6, 2011, 06:54 PM
Welcome to the Dan Wesson club :)

Here's an excellent forum dedicated to these guns http://www.danwessonforum.com pretty much any question you have can be answered there (and here on THR too).

October 6, 2011, 06:55 PM
Been firing DWs since 78 when I got my first 15-2. I generally figure the frame at 230-250. Then barrels any more seem to be running $30 an inch and more. So I would figure to get a 15-2 DW for anywhere around $320 and up. Condition is everything. Gunbroker always has numerous 15-2s for sale so you can see what people are paying. But you now have one of the most accurate-strongest double action revolvers made.
Barrels are available from CZ/Dan Wesson. They have numerous sizes. EWKARMS also makes DW parts. He has a fast twist barrel for heavy bullets. Then there is the gun sites where barrels & shrouds are for sale. At the DW Forum there are items for sale.
The DW Forum is also the best place to get info how to set your revolver for optimum accuracy. You are gonna like this revolver.
Mike in Peru

October 6, 2011, 07:00 PM
If your gun has adjustable sights and the barrel shroud doesn't come down to the front of the trigger guard (pork chop model) then you can get barrels and accessories for it, and you made a good deal as the price on DW's is going up and they are great shooters. Check out www.danwessonforum.com it's where the DW owners hang out and one of the members makes some replacement parts and barrels for cheaper than CZ/DW. Warning; they really like to see pic's of your prize...

October 6, 2011, 09:07 PM
Yep, pics.

You did well in my opinion. It was just a WASR after all, and you got a fine revolver. (http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=129863&d=1288539426).

October 7, 2011, 12:08 PM
With an 8" or 10" barrel and scope, your Dan Wesson is probably more accurate at 100 yards than the WASR10 was.

October 7, 2011, 01:46 PM
Since the OP hasn't posted a pic of his new toy yet, I'll fill the void with one of mine for now. Waited a long time to find this one.

F-111 John
October 7, 2011, 06:36 PM
Very nice pistol pack, Zoom. Have you posted over on the Dan Wesson forum?

Here's my 715:


October 8, 2011, 03:57 AM
Wow, that looks like a near identical twin to my 715. It even has a scratch on the shroud at almost the exact same place. Only real difference is mine has a custom sight on it. That gun was about the second best deal I ever made on an auction. I got the 6" VH shroud, the gun, three grips, two identical to the ones in the pic above, and a nice aftermarket finger groove grip, in the original box, with the manual, a few parts, and the wrench. $269.

F-111 John
October 8, 2011, 08:12 AM
It's not a scratch, it's a dog hair... :( Since taking that photo, the front sight has been replaced with an EWK Arms fiber optic front sight.

Sounds like you got a fantastic deal!

October 8, 2011, 09:49 AM
I bought my DW 25 years go or so... $200 for an used 8"V 15-2 w/ box and accesories, and subsequently bought a new 4"VH barrel/shroud for $110. Later I came across a used 715 6"VH barrel/shroud for $40 - that was too good a deal to pass up! Yeah, it looks kinda funky to have that stainless shroud on a blue gun, but it shoots good!

I took off the factory oversize target stock and tried others until I settled on a Pachmyr Gripper.

October 8, 2011, 10:18 AM
Very nice pistol pack, Zoom. Have you posted over on the Dan Wesson forum?
Yes, and posted a thread on that one when I got it last January. I need to add a DW .222 to the collection and hopefully a .44.

In the early 80's I had the opportunity to spend a bit of time with Seth Wesson and his wife Carol. It was really cool to get a demonstration of the features and operation direct from the source and listen to some great stories. And his wife made a killer blueberry coffeecake, too.

I got the 6" VH shroud, the gun, three grips, two identical to the ones in the pic above, and a nice aftermarket finger groove grip, in the original box, with the manual, a few parts, and the wrench. $269.
I officially hate you. Damn, nice score. You'd pay almost that just for the shroud most places.

October 8, 2011, 12:33 PM
My 15-2. It's a tack driver & the finish is absolutely beautiful. The trigger's as good as any of my Smiths. I think you're gonna be happy with your DW.


Red Cent
October 8, 2011, 06:13 PM

EWK barrel.

Have the factory VH 4" and 8".

Have had the revolver for about 40 years.

Muley Chaser
October 12, 2011, 03:58 AM
Thanks for all of the advice, I don't have a way of posting pics but it looks just like Zoom6zoom's but stainless steel, 4 inch barrel an a hogue mono grip.

Muley Chaser
October 12, 2011, 04:01 AM
And I like it even more every time i shoot it, and I don't know if it's the hogue grip or the design of the gun, but even when I shoot 357s out of it the recoil is extremely manageable.

Dollar An Hour
October 12, 2011, 04:22 AM

This 15-2 has been in my family since new. It was purchased somewhere around '79-'81 is my best guess. It's a Monson, Mass production gun.

Torn between selling it (don't need a 6" .357) or getting a shorter barrel and an action job.

Who does trigger work on these?

Marlin 45 carbine
October 12, 2011, 07:10 AM
are those DW .357's built on a .44 frame?
I have a s/s 4" GP100 that is about as stout-built as a .357 can be but I've always hankered for a 6" bbl .357. longer sight radius and legal to hunt with here in NC.
my GF has really taken a shine to the GP loaded with 'target' 158 cast slug 357 loads ( still as potent as +P .38's) however. she shoots it as well or better than the two .22 pistols I own (Ruger slab-side and Taurus 94. I'm thinking it's due to weight of it absorbing the recoil and the Williams fireset set I installed.
not to 'hi-jack' the thread, an interesting read.

October 12, 2011, 09:28 AM

No, the Dan Wesson is built on what they call their small frame, which is built hell-for-stout and stronger than a S&W L-frame. The DW large frame is freaking huge, and comparable in size to the Ruger Super Redhawk. That frame is used for the 41, 44, 45 and the 445 Super Magnum.

DWs, as you've noticed in this thread, have interchangeable barrels, so you only need one frame and then you can get any barrel size from 2 to 15 inches!

October 12, 2011, 09:40 AM

Please delete.

October 12, 2011, 10:28 AM
Overall, the small frame Dan Wesson is approx. the same size as a Python. The large frame is approx. the same size as a Ruger Redhawk. The SuperMag is the large-frame with the frame window lengthened for a 2.072" cylinder.
There is a ".357" made on the large frame. It's called the M360 but it uses a 1.415" case instead of the Magnum's 1.28". They are rather rare. There is also a fixed barrel version of the small-frame. They can be identified by having a bevel on the front of the underlug instead of being flush with the muzzle.

December 14, 2011, 03:04 PM
Monson 15-2VH I picked up a couple years ago. Of all my firearms, this one feels best in my hand. Heck, I sit in my shop and just hold it for the sake of holding it. I think I'll pick up a 2.5 barrel assembly and another grip for CCW purposes, though.


Red Cent
December 14, 2011, 06:40 PM

December 14, 2011, 09:43 PM
So I went to ye olde gunne shoppe today, traded in a pair of CZ-52s (really, who needs three?) and a hundred bucks for a Dan Wesson .357 six inch. It looks an awful lot like the 15-2s I see posted here, but how do I know for sure? It's stamped Monson, Mass and serial # 2411xx.


Besides the revolver checkout that's sticky at the top of this forum, are there any other quirks or whatever that I need to be aware of with this gun? It passes that checkout perfectly, but does have a slight (maybe .001" at the center of the bores) side-to-side cylinder play with the trigger back and hammer down. Cylinder gap is TIIIIIGHT! probably .002 or less. Cosmetically the finish is worn on the front edge of the cylinder and it has the typical drag mark, the bore is freakin' gorgeous, and it came with Pachmayr Gripper grips on it. Can't wait to get it to the range!

December 14, 2011, 11:47 PM
I need to adjust the cylinder gap on mine, too. Factory gap is .006, though I've known a few guys to run half that. If the cylinder face is true, I guess there shouldn't be a problem.

.002 is a bit tight, though. It wouldn't take much fouling to cause trouble.

December 15, 2011, 11:22 AM
velojym It does depend a bit on the use . For hunting I set mine about as tight as I can between 1 and 2ths on one of my 357's and my 44mag. Both are good for a nomal range trip and to hunt with. One 357 is set at 4ths all the time.

F-111 John
December 15, 2011, 02:18 PM
Besides the revolver checkout that's sticky at the top of this forum, are there any other quirks or whatever that I need to be aware of with this gun?

1) You have to remove the side plate in order to remove the cylinder, if you like to do that when cleaning (I do.)

2) When you take off the side plate, you will most likely also dislodge the hand and/or the hand return spring from the groove at the rear of the hand. Just know you will do it and remember to put it back when the side plate goes back on.

3) When you do take out the cylinder crane, there is a small spring and plunger that will fall out that presses on the cylinder lock. Retain this spring and plunger for future use...

3) Do not overtighten the grip screw, or else you will block the hammer from traveling far enough to engage the SA sear. Also, when swapping grips, make sure the grip screw doesn't interfere with hammer movement.

Cylinder gap is TIIIIIGHT! probably .002 or less.

Go to www.ewkarms.com (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=5&zenid=b6ceca961f06a91bf30df0a159623095), and purchase a small frame barrel wrench (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=1), and a gauge kit (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=13).

You may also wish to buy a small frame parts kit (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=19), a small frame hand spring (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=20), and a fiber optic front sight blade (http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=9). Front sights are easily swappable with an allen wrench (included in the gauge kit.)

December 15, 2011, 03:29 PM
I have 7 Dan Wesson's 22 38S 357 375 Had 44 like a dummy it traded it off. I have the pistol pack it also has the belt buckle and extra sites also the arm patch. Some are full lug. I have 7 different barrels for them that I can change to at any time.

December 15, 2011, 04:13 PM
Danbowkly, you do have a model 15-2; adjustable sights denote the 15 series. You also have the standard light barrel, they came in standard with full lug, like a Python light, like yours and with vent rib, like the top rib on the Python. I've owned 3 and shot many, they are all very accurate.

Steve CT
December 15, 2011, 06:20 PM
Danbowkly, that is a nice 15-2 made in 1979. It has the Pachmayr "Gripper" grip, not original to that gun, but a very nice and somewhat uncommon item, no longer in production.

Stop by here:


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December 16, 2011, 08:18 AM
The full lug shrouds are my favorite. Wouldn't mind finding a 12" and 15" barrel for my 15-2...that I could afford.

DW 15-2 pistol pac less case.

DW Model 40-V8S .357 SuperMag

Hoppes Love Potion
December 16, 2011, 07:13 PM
Local guy is selling his Model 14, but it looks a little rough. Anybody know what it's worth? $300 maybe?



December 17, 2011, 01:04 PM
If you can shot that model 14 and check it real well, tight lock up, smooth function and if it has the tool for it maybe 250 bucks. That pore thang looks like it has had a rougher than normal life. . Never seen the purple frame on a 357. Contact - http://www.blueridgebluing.com/index.html And maybe send those photos to him if you want to make it purty again and see what he thinks. he use to do DW's work.

December 17, 2011, 06:28 PM
My 357 dw is in nice shape but definently has a purple reciever!

Steve CT
December 17, 2011, 07:28 PM
The purple color is purely cosmetic and has no impact on function or durability, re-bluing will work in the short run, but the purple (barney) effect will probably bleed thru eventually.

$300 seems high, re-bluing will run around $100.

December 18, 2011, 04:23 AM
I have that purplish look on a couple DW's .

You can often find a model 15 on the cheap as its not an SW or a Colt or a Ruger. Some people seem to think its a 'knock off'--or are put off by the two handed cylinder latch.

December 18, 2011, 07:35 AM
That M14-2 is pretty rough, but I've seen worse. If it is mechanically in good condition and you can get it for $200-$250, it's an ideal candidate for a trip to Robar's and their NP3 plating. That'll run about $250 but you'll wind up with a stainless-like finish that is very resistant to corrosion and wear.

December 21, 2011, 01:32 AM
Ooh. I dunno if a 14 has any collector value, but the nice 15-2 I posted on the first page cost me about $260 at Gander Mountain... not known for low prices.

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