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Python and Monson-made Dan

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by wrdwrght, Jul 26, 2015.

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  1. Uglyducky

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    LOL.
     
  2. CraigC
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    All this talk about Dan Wessons has me wanting a .445!
     
  3. Dr.Rob

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    I have several DW's They shoot great but on every one the frame has turned plum colored.

    That doesn't happen to Pythons.
     
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    My .44 mag DW is a "Barney", AKA "plum". It doesn't affect it's shooting in any way, so it doesn't bother me. None of the dozen or so DW 15-2's I've had have turned any colors. They have all shot great. My Python was really pretty, but the hand broke (and it's a very delicate part), and it was a hassle to get fixed. I can fix almost anything on a DW in seconds. I have a large box of parts, and have used only a couple of them over the years, a hand spring, and a couple of frame screws that looked better than the ones on the used guns I bought. I have kept and keep buying DW's, the Python was my first, and only Colt revolver and I had no second thoughts about selling it.
     
  5. Saleen322

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    The Python is a collector so shooting it can effect value. The Dan Wessons are very accurate and I still have 3 that I doubt I will ever part with. They are shooters so you can use them, keep them for some years and still make money selling them if you are so inclined.
     
  6. Hookeye

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    Unless it's NIB, shoot it.
    Got rid of my Python this yr, but before then I hunted with it.
    Shot great.
    Blued E series.
    If I ever get another one it'll be a reg 6" stainless, dual pin front sight.
    I'd be just as happy running a 686 Smith.
     
  7. sw282

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    Guys in my IHMSA matches that shoot revolvers are mostly using Freedom Arms Silh model. Behind door #2 are the Dan Wessons. l head up the rear with my Smith & Wessons. Colts are never seen. But the Python is #1 in my voting.. l had to let mine go during A jobless stretch in my life around 2009.
     
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    And yet, with all the praise the colt trigger gets, bullseye shooters flock to Smith and Wesson revolvers.
     
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    Bullseye shooters did not always prefer S&W. I suspect that has more to do with Colt no longer being made. The Python barrel was always considered more accurate.
     
  10. 460Shooter

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    Given the price of Colt DA revolvers right now, I just break it down to do I want an investment, or do I want a shooter?

    I'd be a bit to inclined to just put the Colt in a safe. Actually, I wouldn't buy one at all at the current prices. A DW I would shoot a lot.

    Good luck! I look forward to the pics when you go for it.
     
  11. wrdwrght

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    Not sure if this is meant for me, the OP. I'm not in the market for a Python. I don't collect queens for the safe, just amass shooters for the fun of discovering what makes them different...

    As the OP, I had imagined chiming in just about now to summarize this thread's comments, but I now think that's a fool's errand, given all the drift.
     
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    Woops. You're right.... thread drift. My apologies. I guess I've read one too many "should I buy this or that" threads.
     
  13. wrdwrght

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    Apologies hardly needed. We're all cats here, not inclined to be herded.
     
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    Been looking at Dan Wessons online since last week. Partly due to this thread. Now who's gonna take the blame when I buy one and the wife founds out??? :p
     
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    Back in the late '70's I had a DW Pistol Pack. Wish I still had it but I do have a Python, a S&W Model-19, and a -686 with BSquare mounts and a Millet red dot.
     
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    Want to start a real good fistfight at a gun show? When somebody starts waxing nostalgic about those "lovingly hand-fitted Pythons that they just don't make anymore," shaking their heads and getting all misty-eyed, say something like ''Yeah, thank God for today's consistently-produced parts, huh?"
     
  17. 9mmepiphany

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    I've heard that before.

    The obvious response is to shake you head slowly, from side to side, bemoan the death of the value of craftsmanship, and say kindly, " You've never listened too records, have you?"...pause a moment and then add, "You must be a fan of MIM"
     
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    Hey KY Larry, sorry to thread-jack... :) but which has the smoothest trigger b/w your Smith's: the 19 or 686? I really am looking hard @ 19-3 but if a 586 or 686 trigger is equally good or better, then that would influence my decision. Thanks! :D
     
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    I have a Monson DW. A coworker has an unfired nickel Python in the box. I keep telling him to sell it because it's so valuable having never been shot, but he wants to shoot it. He's not really a shooting / gun enthusiast in general.

    Anyway I've fiddled with it at some length. I honestly think if I handled both of them side by side -- dry fire only -- I wouldn't have a strong opinion one way or the other.

    I prefer the look and single action hammer cocking on the DW, and being able to swap barrels is a major asset in my mind. The first barrier when I buy any gun is the aesthetics. But I think both the DW and the Python look good, so once you add the functionality into it... I really have to side with the DW.

    I don't fully understand the Python's astronomical price, despite the rarity and clearly high quality. But I'm glad the DW is so affordable, because otherwise I'd have neither.
     
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