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Ruger GP100 vs. Dan Wesson 15

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by M249MachineGun, Sep 2, 2007.

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  1. M249MachineGun

    M249MachineGun Member

    Mar 20, 2005
    I've decided that its about time to buy myself a wheelgun and the local shop has both of these in stock. I've pretty much settled on a .357 of some sort, but I'm torn on which one.

    The 6-inch blued Ruger is new, and is $469.

    The 6-inch blued Dan Wesson (comes with an extra barrel and tools, not sure about length) has been gently used, and is around $240.

    I generally like the Ruger more, and I think the cylinder catch for the DW is a bit awkward, but I don't want to miss out on a potentially good deal on a used gun.

    Both triggers feel good, both weigh the same, and both come with rubberized grips.

    Any advice? Next time I go to the candy store, I'll check where the DW was made. I hope its not in Palmer, MA. THR help me choose!
  2. Sunray

    Sunray Member

    May 17, 2003
    London, Ont.
    "...comes with an extra barrel and tools..." Sounds like one of the old Dan Wessons. They went out of production in 1989. The Palmer DW's were only made for 4 years from '90 to '94 on old worn out machinery.
    CZ-USA markets the current DW firearms made in Norwich, NY. I don't know if CZ provides any support for the older ones or not. Likely not. If it is one of the older DW's. There should be some indication on it as to where it was made. Hard to argue with $240 though.
    I've had a 4" GP since they first came to Canada. Used to shoot bullseye with it. At least you know exactly where it came from.
  3. BBA

    BBA Member

    Nov 6, 2004
    michigan's thumb
    If the Wesson is a Monson gun, grab it. If it has a 5 digit serial #, that's even better. Wessons are very stout guns and barrels & shrouds are available from CZ/Wesson.
  4. Starter52

    Starter52 Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Northeast USA
    $240 is a steal for a DW with an extra barrel and tools. You won't lose money on that deal.

    I'd rather have the Ruger, myself.
  5. Bluehawk

    Bluehawk Member

    May 28, 2006
    If the DW is an older Monson Mass 15-2 model and its in good shape grab it and run! Highly accurate and a solid gun to boot. Extra barrels can be had and the cylinder latch up front is a snap to get used to and they are very easy to work on!! (internal parts)
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