Another day, another Dan...


December 6, 2012, 09:58 PM
I am the proud owner of my 3rd Dan Wesson revolver. This one is a model 14-2 with a fixed rear sight and a 4" barrel. The finish is spotless.

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December 6, 2012, 10:25 PM
Nice find! Since this is your third DW revolver, you must know something about the history of DW revolvers. Is there a time period or certain models that should be avoided? I know DW has gone through several ownership changes over the years and is now owner by CZ. I have a DW 1911 from the early 2000s. It is a PTE-B-EXP model with the DW initials just like yours and what looks like a cross above the W. I friend gave it to me. I will put this pistol up against ANY Les Baer and have matched my friend's Les Baer in accuracy. It really is a one-holer. It will eat anything I feed it. Never had any kind of failure. So I have wondered many times if their revolvers had the same kind of quality.

December 6, 2012, 10:42 PM
I don't know the history as well as the folks at the Dan Wesson Fourms do, and I only know about the revolvers, but the general consensus on the modern models (14-2, 15-2, 7XX, 44, 22, Super Mags) is that the best made guns were made in the original Monson Massachusetts plant. These also seem to be more plentiful than the Palmer and Norwich guns, and mostly people say guns from the other two factories are still pretty good.

Most of the Dan Wesson guns are modular which means without a gunsmith, the owner can quickly switch out barrels and grips with just a couple of included tools. The barrel is theaded into the frame, then a metal barrel shroud slipped over it, then a barrel nut is secured at the muzzle end. The barrel is tensioned at both ends which is said to account for the legendary accuracy. All of the guts from one Dan Wesson 14-2 or 15-2 with the exception of the hand (I think) can be swapped into any other 14-2 or 15-2 with NO hand fitting (atleast that's how it's supposed to work).

CZ owns them now while they focus mostly on their mid-high end 1911s, they still periodically turn out a stainless model 715 here and there (I have seen 1 ever).

Prices are starting to get a little crazy on the guns, with barrel sets selling on gunbroker for $200-$400 depending on style and condition and guns going for $300-500. Much higher than current bluebook evaluation.

Jon Coppenbarger
December 6, 2012, 11:12 PM
I have been on a buying kick this month just because for some reason there have been what I thought were good deals. One of them was a dan wesson 15-2 and it has the 2 1/2" and 6" barrel with the case, wrench, feeler gage and another small tool with a few extra screws and the two grips. everything is like new except the case.
I got the dan wesson, a armalite costa mesa ar7 in very nice condition plus a walther PP in 32 made in 1966 for $825.
the prices on good quality revolvers have been bringing very good money in the last year or so. a example for me was the smith model 28-2 in 6" 99% plus I paid $475 for last sat. that was about book for it but its hard to find good revolvers around here.

December 6, 2012, 11:27 PM
Yeah, I keep finding too many deals as well. :)

December 7, 2012, 11:17 AM
Nice find, great trail gun. Love that dw revolver line.

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