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7thGenAustinite
April 1, 2012, 01:54 AM
So I was over visiting with some family and talking about my late grandpa and how he loved his guns. So then my aunt says well hey I think I have an old gun case of grandpas that is locked but I think it's empty and the keys are long gone. then she says that I'm welcome to have it if I want to use it. So of course I say I'll take it. Well I get home and notice that it feels to heavy to be empty... So I google picking a suitcase lock... And presto it's open. Much to my surprise and excitement it's a Dan Wesson 357 mag with four barrels!!!! Wow what could be cooler than finding a gun untouched for 25 years that was forgotten plus it was my grandpas!!!

That is all

Today was a good day

I'll post some pics tommorow.

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Guillermo
April 1, 2012, 02:02 AM
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C5rider
April 1, 2012, 02:46 AM
Go back, and give your aunt a big hug and a kiss!

Repeat DAILY!!!!:)

rio nueces
April 1, 2012, 03:11 AM
I really like the double action on a Dan Wesson...short and snappy.
7th gen. in Austin? That's great.
My family has been in Houston since the late 1840's.
Came down from Massachusetts. (Lord, they were yankees!)

Missionary
April 1, 2012, 06:25 AM
Good morning
If that case is Aluminum colored on the outside and yellow material inside that is a DW case with the "Pistol pack" inside. These are good finds. Was the barrel tool inside ? Funny looking wrench type.
DW revolvers are about as good as it comes. Bought my first in 1978 and will never sell one till I cannot pick them up any longer.
Mike in Peru

Salmoneye
April 1, 2012, 08:14 AM
I have never wanted one, but if someone handed me a case like that that belonged to my Grandfather, I would cherish it for life simply because of who it belonged to...

Nice find, and congrats!

Now we need pics...

Sport45
April 1, 2012, 08:22 AM
I would cherish it as well.

After, of course, I let my aunt know the case she gave me wasn't empty. Let her have the chance to give you the gun.

bannockburn
April 1, 2012, 09:19 AM
Wow that's a nice surprise and you got a great revolver too! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

hardluk1
April 1, 2012, 09:25 AM
Congat's on the DW . I bought my first one in 1976 . NOW you have to post photos.

7thGenAustinite
April 1, 2012, 09:51 AM
I really like the double action on a Dan Wesson...short and snappy.
7th gen. in Austin? That's great.
My family has been in Houston since the late 1840's.
Came down from Massachusetts. (Lord, they were yankees!)
Yep 7th generation in Austin Texas. Part of my family came to Texas when it was still its own country.


I called my aunt as soon as I opened it and she was thrilled for me and just said enjoy it!

Yep has the wrench and the barrel shim and what look like rubber o rings.

The case is brown textured plastic with an aluminum frame.

I'll clean it up today and get those pictures

Peter M. Eick
April 1, 2012, 12:03 PM
Nice job and congrads on the DW. Great guns! I have to run over to Austin this week for a meeting. You are lucky to live there.

Over in Houston we call Austin "Mecca of Texas".

57sw
April 1, 2012, 01:22 PM
That's like a dream come true! You are so fortunate to have this happen. I absolutely love my DW .357. Cherish it indeed. Looking forward to those pics!

7thGenAustinite
April 1, 2012, 01:45 PM
well here are those pictures :)
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/6889443988_b197894936_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7035534785_a268f9b3cc_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7279/6889441998_fdf767b1f0_z.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7277/7035540379_be32115478_c.jpg

Salmoneye
April 1, 2012, 02:15 PM
Simply amazing...

Thanks for the look...

C5rider
April 1, 2012, 02:19 PM
thanks for the story, and the pics.

Now, go share over at the dan wesson forum.


http://www.danwessonforum.com/forum/

57sw
April 1, 2012, 02:37 PM
Awesome!

gp911
April 1, 2012, 02:44 PM
Great story! I love these surprise gun finds! Very cool that the unassuming old briefcase actually held such a treasure from your grandfather.

zoom6zoom
April 1, 2012, 02:48 PM
Very nice find! Gramp had good taste.

It looks like the fabric that should be covering the foam may be missing on yours.
http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g180/zoom6zoom/gun%20stuff/Collection/DWPP15-2.jpg

Jaymo
April 1, 2012, 05:31 PM
I NEVER liked Dan Wessons.
That is, until I handled and fired one.
Then, I HAD to have one.
They are fantastic shooting guns.

If only I could find 4", 6", and 8" barrels for my early DW (HS Sentinel Mk 3).

7thGenAustinite
April 1, 2012, 11:01 PM
yeah the trigger pull for single action is AMAZING!!! can't wait to take it to the range this week … ill report back with how it shots.

Lizard1911
April 1, 2012, 11:48 PM
Goosebumps. I've always enjoyed hearing about this kind of find. Those are awesome!

CajunBass
April 2, 2012, 10:07 AM
Comgratulations. They are great guns.

bangaway
April 2, 2012, 01:55 PM
Great gun and find. Bet you will be thinking of your grandpa every time you shoot. clean, or just hold the gun. I do. Have fun and bangaway.

trex1310
April 2, 2012, 10:07 PM
You have a Dan Wesson Pistol-Pac. Very valuable. The "shim" is a
little tool to set the barrel/cylinder gap when the barrel has been
removed and replaced. The barrels and shrouds are quite valuable
by themselves ($150-$200 ea.). Enjoy your treasure.

Fishslayer
April 4, 2012, 03:33 AM
Might want to get some fabric between that foam & the metal. Foam holds moisture & isn't really great for storage. I've seen some pretty nasty pitting from it. Maybe gun socks or Bore-Store.

wheelgunslinger
April 4, 2012, 10:44 AM
Beautiful. Quite a nice gift from him, I'd say.

I would imagine that your inbox is getting flooded with offers, but I'd keep it and never ever let it go.
I handload for mine and it's accurate as a laser, reliable as a hammer, and a really nice weapon altogether.

7thGenAustinite
April 4, 2012, 06:03 PM
Beautiful. Quite a nice gift from him, I'd say.

I would imagine that your inbox is getting flooded with offers, but I'd keep it and never ever let it go.
I handload for mine and it's accurate as a laser, reliable as a hammer, and a really nice weapon altogether.
no plans on ever letting it leave the family.

7thGenAustinite
April 4, 2012, 06:04 PM
Might want to get some fabric between that foam & the metal. Foam holds moisture & isn't really great for storage. I've seen some pretty nasty pitting from it. Maybe gun socks or Bore-Store.
thanks for the tip! does the type of fabric matter?

drunkensobriety
April 4, 2012, 06:59 PM
*drool* I hate you and I love your Grandfather, the old man had good taste.

My grandfather's got a Ruger vaquero in .44 mag (which they no longer make) and it's had the frame color case hardened. He refuses to sell it to me, :cuss:

Gordon
April 4, 2012, 08:42 PM
The original lining was a sateen velour in this color:
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i203/gordonhulme/010-3.jpg

nosreme
April 4, 2012, 09:08 PM
Nice! Based on experience, check under the foam. You might find the manual, DW patch, DW belt buckle, And extra sights.

Steve CT
April 4, 2012, 11:27 PM
The original fabric would have been a cotton or cotton/poly blend, would have felt a bit like flannel,and would have been yellow/gold

http://www.danwessonforum.com/wp-content/gallery/scorpio/pack4.JPG

This is actually a "re-upholstered" Pack, but very true to the original

7thGenAustinite
April 5, 2012, 01:51 AM
it had the original barrel wrench but no patch, buckle or manual. I'm planning on getting the combat style grip sometime in the near future(either hogue or LB custom). cleaned and lubed everything and it is immaculate as far as function goes. WOW that single action trigger pull i SWEEEEET!

Lost Sheep
April 5, 2012, 02:01 AM
yeah the trigger pull for single action is AMAZING!!! can't wait to take it to the range this week ill report back with how it shots.
The short fall of the hammer gives these guns a very quick lock time. The innards are unlike any other action and as you have observed, the trigger break is very smart. Don't overlook the small allen screw at the back of the trigger to limit overtravel. But don't back it out too far or you will have a hard time undoing it.

Where was your gun made? The Monson, Mass. guns are generally preferred and your pistol pack looks very much like mine (except for the color of the case and the absence of the cloth covering the foam), so I am thinking it is from Monson, too.

The pistol pack usually came with a belt buckle and a cloth shoulder patch. Any chance they are under the foam?

I don't remember any rubber "O" rings. Do you know what they are for? Are they perhaps from another purpose and not DW at all?

Lost Sheep

7thGenAustinite
April 5, 2012, 02:19 AM
The short fall of the hammer gives these guns a very quick lock time. The innards are unlike any other action and as you have observed, the trigger break is very smart. Don't overlook the small allen screw at the back of the trigger to limit overtravel. But don't back it out too far or you will have a hard time undoing it.

Where was your gun made? The Monson, Mass. guns are generally preferred and your pistol pack looks very much like mine (except for the color of the case and the absence of the cloth covering the foam), so I am thinking it is from Monson, too.

The pistol pack usually came with a belt buckle and a cloth shoulder patch. Any chance they are under the foam?

I don't remember any rubber "O" rings. Do you know what they are for? Are they perhaps from another purpose and not DW at all?

Lost Sheep
yep it says monson mass and serial number is 1700XX. so my best guess based on what i can find is that its a 77 or 78. trigger feels perfect so I'm not gonna mess with the overtravel screw. I'm gonna put some fabric in the case soon. as it was when i found it the foam was sticking to some of the barrels… but no damage to note. lucky me

Gordon
April 5, 2012, 08:21 PM
OOPs mine is a "Mini Pak" and has the purple foam. Yours is the Pistol Pack with the 8" barrel and had the yellow lining.

dcarch
April 5, 2012, 08:36 PM
I saw the Dan Wesson thread, and couldn't resist sharing mine... Here's the kicker: My lgs owner offered me $150 for this gun, saying "no one has any spares for this, so, hey, I'll take it off your hands." I politely declined. I have no intention of ever selling this gun.

Lost Sheep
April 6, 2012, 03:06 AM
I saw the Dan Wesson thread, and couldn't resist sharing mine... Here's the kicker: My lgs owner offered me $150 for this gun, saying "no one has any spares for this, so, hey, I'll take it off your hands." I politely declined. I have no intention of ever selling this gun.
THR's rules do not allow me to use the proper terms for describing your lgs owner, unless he was clearly joking with you.

I paid $150 for my Dan Wesson. In 1975 and it had only one (interchangeable) barrel.

Lost Sheep

Steve CT
April 6, 2012, 10:42 PM
Very interesting that the DW Topic has the second highest number of replies on a brand specific topic on the Revolvers Forum right now.

The DW People know that they have something special, very good and under appreciated revolvers.

lonestardiver
April 8, 2012, 10:54 PM
yep the Dan's are under appreciated.

I've got the pistol pack in 22 with a second cylinder and crane for .22mag.
Then I've got a 357 and 44mag with several barrels for each.

and the dan wesson forum previously mentioned is a good place too. Lot's of good info.

hardluk1
April 9, 2012, 04:35 PM
If you ever deside to pull the trigger parts out , you just for the heck of it get a wolf lighter hammer spring and drop it in. It makes that trigger even better. How about a 2 1/2lb SA pull and still allways goes bang.

Sure wish I could fined a 22 DW now. I have to monson mass 357s and one monson 44 mag.

7thGenAustinite
April 9, 2012, 09:09 PM
If you ever deside to pull the trigger parts out , you just for the heck of it get a wolf lighter hammer spring and drop it in. It makes that trigger even better. How about a 2 1/2lb SA pull and still allways goes bang.

Sure wish I could fined a 22 DW now. I have to monson mass 357s and one monson 44 mag.


cool!! i might just have to try that. just ordered some hogue zebra wood grips to replace the missing combat style grips.

Fishslayer
April 9, 2012, 09:43 PM
THR's rules do not allow me to use the proper terms for describing your lgs owner, unless he was clearly joking with you.
Lost Sheep

^^^ This. Unless he was joking I would have a hard time trusting somebody like that. At best he has no clue about DWs and at worst...

dcarch
April 10, 2012, 08:28 PM
I know. I really like him in general, but that just set bad with me.

7thGenAustinite
April 12, 2012, 07:08 PM
just got some hogue zebra wood combat grips to replace the missing ones from the set. Its sooo much easier to grip the gun now!

ill post pics soon

hardluk1
April 13, 2012, 09:20 AM
Now go shoot some small groups!! Hey do you hunt?? With just a replacement barrel shroud from EWKarms you could mount a red dot/reflex or scope and have fun at longer distance or go hunting. heres my 44 with a burris dot and a my 1976 15-2 wearing a 4" barrel. That 357 with a 8" barrel and old dot has killed a pile of hogs too.-http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l444/hardluk1/th_102_0451.jpg (http://s331.photobucket.com/albums/l444/hardluk1/?action=view&current=102_0451.jpg)

bangaway
April 24, 2012, 01:17 PM
Mighty fine looking hogleg and I am sure it is a great shooter. Do not be afraid to shoot distance with it as mine is a great deer getter. xtp bullets is good choice. My 10" barrel and 125 gr. hp's and dead yotes to 100 yds. Say any of you guys know good places to buy barrels and shrouds? Have fun and bangaway.

Steve CT
April 24, 2012, 05:12 PM
Mighty fine looking hogleg and I am sure it is a great shooter. Do not be afraid to shoot distance with it as mine is a great deer getter. xtp bullets is good choice. My 10" barrel and 125 gr. hp's and dead yotes to 100 yds. Say any of you guys know good places to buy barrels and shrouds? Have fun and bangaway.
In addition to auction sites:

Dan Wesson in Norwich, NY still manufactures and sells barrel assemblies,and EWK Technologies is producing some great new items for DW revolvers. Contact info for both can be found at

http://www.danwessonforum.com/forum/

scootersid
June 24, 2012, 06:49 PM
I have a pistol pack and no idea what it is worth. I check alot of sites & auctions but find nothing like this. I made this purchase in 1995 or so from Don's guns in Indianapolis. I believe the barrels are 8" as they mesure 7.5 inches. the cas eis similar to the one here. I dont know how to include pic. it is SS 357 with the extra barrel having a burris scope on it. it has never been fired. it has just the 2 barrels. how do I load a pic

Iggy
June 24, 2012, 08:10 PM
I have seen two of those pistol packs go for over a $1000.00 in the last year. That's just in case you want to have any further dealin's with that LGS coyote again.:cool:

dcarch
June 24, 2012, 09:44 PM
Wow. Ok! Thanks man.

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