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Dan Wesson revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by equalizer, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. equalizer

    equalizer Well-Known Member

    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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  2. rikman

    rikman Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! Send'em my if you need more ammo put through them ;-)
  3. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

  4. DM~

    DM~ Well-Known Member

    Over the years, i've owned several....they are all gone for a reason, but i still have my S&W's.

  5. Karl Hungus

    Karl Hungus Well-Known Member

    You are right about the accuracy. Most accurate revolver I've ever shot.


    I use mine for large bore silhouette.
  6. GuitarsAndGuns

    GuitarsAndGuns Well-Known Member

    I love my DW. Very accurate.
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I like mine. I would like a .44 one day.

  8. Red Cent

    Red Cent Well-Known Member

    Forty some years old.


  9. hongrn

    hongrn Member

    Mine is about 20 years old, .357 Magnum.


  10. robhof

    robhof Well-Known Member


    P6190235.jpg Now 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::)
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2011
  11. DWFan

    DWFan Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. oldfool

    oldfool Well-Known Member

    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
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2011
  13. Remo223

    Remo223 member

    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 Well-Known Member

    Someday I would love to own one so I can have both a pocket gun and a tack driver.
  15. hemiram

    hemiram Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Remllez

    Remllez Well-Known Member

    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!
  17. Redlegvzv

    Redlegvzv Well-Known Member

    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!
  18. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    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
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  19. Remo223

    Remo223 member

    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.
  20. Mike J

    Mike J Well-Known Member


    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.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011

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