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Dan Wesson 15-2....just waiting to pick her up.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by hAkron, Oct 29, 2012.

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  1. hAkron

    hAkron Member

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    I've recently become enamored with Dan Wesson revolvers. I talked a friend into buying one a a recent gun show (I would have bought it myself, but I was there to get a Browning Auto 5 shotgun). I have admired the Dan Wesson revolvers for some time but had not shot one prior to testing the one I helped my friend pick out. The trigger was very nice, albeit different from my Ruger and Smith triggers. The accuracy was excellent! After that I knew I just had to have one in my collection. I began my search, and started amassing the related items I would need. A barrel wrench, a parts kit, found a 2.5" barrel assembly (shroud, barrel, nut) in rough but serviceable condition for $35, a set of target grips, and a set of small concealment type grips. On Friday I won a 15-2 on an auction site. I was able to get the seller and my FFL talking in record time and my Dan shipped out on Friday. It should be at my FFL today and I'm as pleased as can be. Here are some pictures from the auction site...she's no 'LNIB' debutante, this gal has a few miles on her, but that's fine by me because she won't be collecting dust in the safe.

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    Just an FYI, those ugly grips are coming off ASAP. I have a nice replacement set here ready to go.
     
  2. LouNC

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    Enjoy that Dan Wesson! They're great guns. I bought my first model 15-2 right after I turned 21, waaaaay back in 1978! At that time, I couldn't afford different revolvers in order to get different barrel lengths! In time, I came to appreciate the guns for their quality and accuracy, as well as the ability to interchange barrels depending on my mood!

    Here's what I currently own, my 1978 vintage 15-2 and a 744. I wouldn't part with either one. I have a 4" and 6" barrel for the 15-2, and a 4" and 8" barrel for the 744.

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  3. snooperman

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    Nice, enjoy. They made some of the most accurate long range revolvers. Good solid guns for the money.
     
  4. adelbridge

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    They are cool oddities and I too enjoy mine.
     
  5. AABEN

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    I have 15 of them and 10 extra barrels and shroud for then. One is a 275 one 22 the rest is 38/357
     
  6. zoom6zoom

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    Great shooters. The way the barrel is tensioned at the muzzle and at the frame, plus the cylinder lock being in front, makes them very accurate.
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  9. hAkron

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    Well, as you could see from the Auction pictures that I posted, the trigger and hammer of the gun were jeweled...I was a bit surprised however to find when I lifted the side plate to do some cleaning, the insides of the frame were jeweled as well. I think it's a pretty cool find. I'm sure somebody will come by and rain on my parade...but whatever.

    Here it is with the side plate off and all kinds of grungy oil residue.
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    I managed to shake out all of those pesky do dads inside of the gun...wow! There are some SERIOUS tool marks in this gun...even without the jeweling.
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    All cleaned up and ready for action. The sharp eyes among you may notice that the rear leg of the trigger return spring is not properly captured behind the hammer pin, so I had to take it all apart again
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    Here she is modeling some wood grips (ebay) and a 2.5" barrel setup I picked up for $35 at a gun show.

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  10. robhof

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    A great find. I shot my 1st DW in 1971 and have owned at least 1 every since. I currently own a model 40 with an assortment of barrels and grips, practically a complete set, put together from auction finds. They're great shooters, good luck with yours and check out danwessonforums.com, a lot of us DW people hang out there.:D:D:D;)
     
  11. C5rider

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    Very nice gun. You will LOVE it.

    Now, to get a 4-inch barrel, a 6-inch, an eight, a model 14, all the barrels for THAT, then a 22...


    It just keeps goin'!

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  12. hAkron

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    It came with a 4", I just didn't get any pictures of it wearing that barrel yet. I'm planning on grabbing at least a 6" and an 8" from EWK.

    http://www.ewkarms.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13_14

    I may even get the EWK 4" and 2.5" just to have an entire matched set.

    This will likely be the first of many Dan Wesson revolvers in my collection. I collect CZ's as well, so considering CZ is the current owner of DW, I would say 'close enough' :)
     
  13. Fishslayer

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    No rain here, though I'm not a fan of jewelling on exposed surfaces. It is actually a functional item. The jewelled surface holds oil better & slides slicker than a mirror polish. That's why you see jewelled rifle bolts. Looks like somebody put some time into that one. ;)

    Can't do much better than DW IMO. Mine was $300 OTD & shooting wise is every bit as nice as any S&W I own. The secret's getting out though.

    Mine has the odd finish issues but I can tell that she was a real looker back in her prime.

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    I want a GP100 in 6 inch barrel, but the interchangeable barrels is intriguing.
     
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    Got to play with two.

    I have had 2 DW's on consignment. One was a 15 chambered for 357 Maximum. A very nice blue gun with an 8" barrel.

    The other was a rarity. A monster gun with (2) 8" barrels with compensator. The behemoth was stainless and chambered for (now get this) 445 SuperMag. The gun was a prototype and had 45 Rhino stamped inside the swing gate.

    I was really impressed with both of these. Enough so that I will keep an eye out for a DW for uh, my wife. Yeah. That's it. My wife.:D;)
     
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    Way to go. Hard not to enjoy a DW revolver. Go over to danwessonforum and find EWKarms site and check out the custom one of the members makes. If you deside to make it purty again contact blue ridge blueing. he use to do DW blueing. I have 2 15-s models an 8" 44 mag and 4" .22lr
     
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    I don't believe mine is as pretty as ya'alls. I found it in a pawn shop in the late 90's. One of these days I'd like to pick up a 6 or 8 inch barrel & shroud for it.
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    I love my 15, superb accuracy.
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  20. Mike J

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    Thanks for the suggestion hardluk1. One of those would be really nice. I just can't quite swing it right now.
     
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    I have the HS Sentinel Mk3 with the 2.5"(?) Bbl and want to find a 4" and/or 6" Bbl and pork chop shroud for it.
     
  22. planetmobius

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    I have the .22, .357, 41 mag and 44 mag and a boatload of barrels. The most awsome and accurate revolvers ever built. The short stroke action also makes them great hunting guns. When using double action, you can stay on target much more readily than with a Smith or Colt. Enjoy the gun. Soon you will be looking for more barrels and accessories. Try Ebay for wrenches and grips.
     
  23. hAkron

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    .22 and .44 are up next for sure.

    I had 2 sets of grips, a 2.5 barrel, and a barrel wrench on order before I had even secured purchase of the gun itself.
     
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    Her's my 2.5" barrel and service grips.

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    Well, after today's purchase, the .44 is out of the way. Now I just need the .22

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