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Question for Dan Wesson revolver owners

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by stonebuster, Oct 9, 2022.

  1. stonebuster

    stonebuster Member

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    I replaced the old yolk retention latch(clip) with a new EWK latch. The old horse shoe shaped latch was flat on one side like it had been fitted. The new one was round. Is this part supposed to be fitted or can it be installed as is which is what I did. After installation the cylinder yoke was slightly tighter when I swung the cylinder out. The reason I changed it was the forward(round part) of the yoke was proud to the frame and could be pushed back flush with finger tip. I thought a worn latch could be the cause leading to some light strikes(FTF) I've had. Btw, this gun is a Model 15-2 357 magnum.
     
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  2. Rottweiler

    Rottweiler Member

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    If you are getting off centered primer strikes that may have been your problem. If the firing pin strikes are all well centered in the primers, I'd look at replacing the mainspring
     
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  3. Riomouse911

    Riomouse911 Member

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    Wolff makes spring kits for small frame DW’s like the 15-2. That may be one place to start like Rottweiler posted above. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  4. P Flados

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    My son has a 15-2. The latch clip replacement sounds like an improvement, but should not affect primer strikes. We replaced the original hammer spring with a Wolff due to light strikes. Things got better for a while, but now it is back to occasional unreliable ignition. I need to call Wolff and ask if they have a stronger (or longer life) spring than what I bought last time.
     
  5. Palladan44

    Palladan44 Member

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    Don't want to sidetrack this thread, so send me a PM if you have any info:
    My early Monson Dan Wesson 744 is out of time...or at least the cylinder stop stud isn't locking into the notches on the cylinder reliably. It's sometimes staying down.
    Possibly a spring worn....because the gun hasn't seen but 1000 rounds in its lifetime, and I don't believe anything should be worn out but a spring.
    I'd like to send it somewhere to get fixed. Nobody locally will touch it. DW hasn't returned my inquiry.
    Thanks.
     
  6. P Flados

    P Flados Member

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    The Dan Wesson repair shop is still doing repairs and selling parts.

    I had a model 15 cylinder replaced and discussed getting a new extractor for my 740.

    They will sell you parts that do not require fitting.

    Otherwise they will probably want you to send the gun in before discussing much at all. Even if you end up not wanting them to do anything, you would be out shipping both ways. I used a FFL to send the Model 15 to them.

    https://danwessonfirearms.com/support/faq/
     
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