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S&W 629 or Dan Wesson 744?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Moonclips, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Moonclips

    Moonclips New Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    How's the quality of recent production Dan Wessons? I believe they use forged internals now as opposed to some years ago. Is it worth the premium over the S&W 629 ($150 more typically)? How much stronger are they than the 629?
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Dan Wesson quality has always been so spotty, I'd be extremely reluctant to take a chance on it. I don't doubt it's a stronger revolver than the Smith & Wesson, but for myself, I'd wait until the company's quality has been top grade for at least a decade.
  3. stans

    stans Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    central Virginia
    DW has and does have some quality control problems, but then so does every other gun manufacturer these days. The DW is going to be a lot stronger than the S&W. The DW is probably more comparable to a Ruger Redhawk in terms of durability. The new DW's do have forged hammers and triggers as opposed to the old sintered steel parts. The new parts are interchangable with the old ones. If you get a good DW, it will likely be the most accurate revovler you will ever have. Years ago I had a 357, I foolishly traded it away.:(

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