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Dan Wesson treasure

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 7thGenAustinite, Apr 1, 2012.

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  1. 7thGenAustinite

    7thGenAustinite Member

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    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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  2. Guillermo

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  3. C5rider

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    Go back, and give your aunt a big hug and a kiss!

    Repeat DAILY!!!!:)
     
  4. rio nueces

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    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!)
     
  5. Missionary

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    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
     
  6. Salmoneye

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    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...
     
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    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.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    Wow that's a nice surprise and you got a great revolver too! Thanks for sharing your story with us.
     
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    Congat's on the DW . I bought my first one in 1976 . NOW you have to post photos.
     
  10. 7thGenAustinite

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    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
     
  11. Peter M. Eick

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    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".
     
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    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!
     
  13. 7thGenAustinite

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    pictures

    well here are those pictures :)
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  14. Salmoneye

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    Simply amazing...

    Thanks for the look...
     
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    Awesome!
     
  17. gp911

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    Great story! I love these surprise gun finds! Very cool that the unassuming old briefcase actually held such a treasure from your grandfather.
     
  18. zoom6zoom

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    Very nice find! Gramp had good taste.

    It looks like the fabric that should be covering the foam may be missing on yours.
    DWPP15-2.gif
     
  19. Jaymo

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    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).
     
  20. 7thGenAustinite

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    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.
     
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    Goosebumps. I've always enjoyed hearing about this kind of find. Those are awesome!
     
  22. CajunBass

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    Comgratulations. They are great guns.
     
  23. bangaway

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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