Dan wesson revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by PatrickHarrison, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. PatrickHarrison

    PatrickHarrison New Member

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    Ive got one never seen another dan wesson around mines got a 7 1/2 inch barrel .357 magnum/38 special double single action 6 shot swing out cylinder . Are these rare? Whats the value of mine?
     
  2. hardluk1

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    Rare?? Somewhat. Just not common. Prices for a nice 14 or 15 series can run from 350 to 450. And there are pistol packs. Where was yours made? Monson mass. or Palmer. And does it have adjustable sights. Have you been to the Dan Wesson Forum yet? Most anything you want to know will be there. You do know own one of the most accurate revolovers ever made and IF yours does not have the pork chop barrel shroud or a fixed barrel you can still buy many different barrels for it. CZ still works on them and EWK makes barrels & shrouds, springs, sights and wrenchs. There are some fine custom grips at the DW forum. Theres a photo of 2 of mine DW's. A 44 mag with 8" barrel and a 15-2 with a 4" barrel.

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  3. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    And as far as value I wouldn't take a penny less than 550 for the gun ONLY regardless of what the estimated value is or what theyre selling for on gunbroker.

    Speaking of which why are colt pythons so much money?

    Dans are so much more evolved , including innovations you just dont see on any other revolver.
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    I have both. The DW is a fantastic revolver, but it's no Python.
     
  6. Gh0zt36

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    Ok so explain it to me? Dan is more accurate , interchangable barrels . I mean what exactly makes a colt python the holy veiled piece of metal it is?
     
  7. Gh0zt36

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    BUMP for answer?
     
  8. Overkill0084

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    I wouldn't say the DW is more accurate. I would say that it's too close to call. Both the Colt & the DW I own were Silhouette guns through the 80's. Accuracy of both was never in question. Ammo preference and operator skill were larger factors.
    The interchangeable barrel option was more theoretical than useful with mine. My Father ordered the DW Pistol pack in 1981. After a bit of playing around with the various lengths, the 8" went on for Silhouette and, to my knowledge, has remained on ever since. The rest of the barrels in the Pistol Pack probably have less than 50 rds fired through them. Ironically, the Python I own started it's existance as a 6" model in 1965. At some point in the mid- to late 80's (I was out of the house at this point), my father had it fitted with an 8" "Python Silhouette" Barrel. I have the original 6" barrel stored in the safe along side the gun.
    My original statement was not a slam on Dan Wessons. I'm sure with a good action job, you could get the actions comparable, or maybe even get the DW better. Stock vs. stock, single action may be close. Double action? Not so much. Yeah sure, old Colt's stack some. But they are so smooth you really don't care.
    Fit & finish- sorry, but a well done Colt is very hard to beat. Not to sound like a jerk, but the DW simply isn't as pretty, IMHO
    Durability - Many people talk about the delicate/fragile actions on the Colts. On a gun that's older than I am, AFAIK,the only work was a new hand, done some years back (early 80's) and a new mainspring done last year. My father carried it for years a a LEO and shot a number of PPC matches with it. It was a working gun. That said DW's are a simpler more modern & more robust design. But not impervious to wear. I did find some paperwork on mine that showed it going back to the factory for a cylinder gap (not even top to bottom) and timing issue in the mid-80's.

    It's like comparing a Chevy to a Cadillac. Nothing wrong with a Chevy, but even loaded, it ain't a Caddie.
     
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  9. Gh0zt36

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    See in MY humble opinion NOTHING you just told me about the colt makes it a caddy.

    Dan has less smaller parts in the action less to break , a simple er design IS the most accurate revolver ever made. Im sorry we'll just agree to disagree I really dont see what makes a colt a better gun or *worth* 1200 as compared to a 400$ dan wesson except for the name of colt ONLY.

    Which theres absolutely nothing wrong with colt they make a good gun but i just see no reason for the mystique of a python and I think the Dan is a better built gun with way more features and innovations than the Colt and is just an all around superior gun
     
  10. Overkill0084

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    Fair enough.
    I will agree that the money Colts go for is a bit nuts. But if they weren't high quality guns, they'd be a lot cheaper.
    Have you shot one? There really is a feel that is hard to explain.

    Also:
    Apologies for the hijacking of this thread.
     
  11. Gh0zt36

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    Indeed +1 sorry OP . I have shot a colt .357 yes it is a great revolver smooth action trigger is a bit heavy but then again its a revolver . Although that does bring up another Dan wesson positive the trigger on my 15-2 feels like it had a trigger job as it is a dream but it is a stock trigger. :D
     
  12. PatrickHarrison

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    Give me a bit n ill upload some photos n info
     
  13. HOSSFLY

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    No way Jose :rolleyes:
    A Colt Python is well- A COLT PYTHON-
    One of those things you have to experience to understand :cool:
     
  14. Gh0zt36

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    I shot one ... I mean it was a good gun but I dont think it was quite the dan wesson ... my trigger is better you can even adjust the trigger pull so double is as short as possible and single actions BLOWS the python out the water
     
  15. HOSSFLY

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    Watever :rolleyes:
    Enjoy your DW-
     
  16. Gh0zt36

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    Thank you :D
     
  17. PatrickHarrison

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    This heres made in palmer mass.
     
  18. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i cleaned up and oiled my dad's Dan Wesson the other day for him. he hadn't even had it out of the safe in 15 years! it's the Model 15-2, with the 8" barrel, 357 Magnum, made in Monson circa 1980 or 1981. he suppose to pick up some ammo this weekend and we are going to try it out. i probably, personally wouldn't go out and buy one, but if one in the right price range presented itself to me, i might.:)
     
  19. PatrickHarrison

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    Mines real nice a .357 magnum silver n light colored handles powerful n loud jeez that dang opposum was lucky i never did paper sight in the revolver my ears hurt after the six shots on that campin trip haha but its a real nice revolver the only one ill use till its done or im done im ready to scope her out and engrave the barrel then reload some hunting bullets im usin 110 jhp winchesters now and old western .38 specials wish i new the value and rareness or not rareness cause i let her get dirty i had it strap to a cargo rack in the holster on a atv while mudding so the handles dirty mmmhmm for $275 its a dandy and handles ny load...
     
  20. Gh0zt36

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    cool gun. palmer guns wernt made quite as well as the monson guns but i still wouldnt kick it outta bed hehe good score
     
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