I am also posting this on another local/regional forum to help it get established.
I was playing with a new digi-cam this weekend and this was my first session. You can see I have much to learn.
I would love to be able to get a couple of DW 1911’s but I don’t know if that will ever happen. The guns in the pic are both Dan Wesson model 15-2's in 357 Magnum from the first Dan Wesson company at Monson, MA. I think they are from about 1985 time frame.
The cool thing about Dan Wessons is that the barrels are easily removed and installed with a special tool. The barrels are threaded on both ends. One end screws into the frame and you use a .006 feeler gage to set the gap between the barrel and cylinder. Then you slide the accompanying shroud over the barrel and tighten it down with the barrel nut. This applies tension on both ends of the barrel reducing harmonic vibrations and improving accuracy. Dan Wesson made barrels from 2 ˝ to 15 inches!
I bought the first one with just the 4 inch barrel and the walnut target grip at a gun show when I got out of the Navy and came home in 1995. It is a 163xxx series serial number. I bought the Hogue style wood grip installed on it in this pic on ebay.
The second one came in a gun show trade last year for a Taurus problem child that I wrote about previously. It is a 259xxx series serial number. It came with the other walnut target grip, rubber Hogue grip at left & middle of the group in the pic, and the wood modified Hogue grip at bottom right. Also included was the factory tool with the yellow rubber tip covers, one of the gages and the 6 inch and 2 ˝ inch barrels and an original ‘Dan Wesson’ naugahide soft pack.
The other barrel tool was made and sold by a guy on ebay. It is a very good tool with a brass head but the allen wrench that runs across it is the same size on both ends for the grip screw. The one with yellow covers is a DW factory tool with one size on one end for the grip and another size on the other end for the side plate screws. DW later started producing the tools with a plastic body that was prone to breaking. The head on both have 2 small prongs the fit in notches in the barrel nut to tighten it. Both have another very small allen wrench on the head that goes inside the barrel and nut when tightening. It is for removing the front sight. DW offered 5 or 6 six different color sights including a plain one with no color insert.
Also bought variously on ebay and gunbroker are the Pachmayr rubber combat grip on the 2 ˝ inch gun, the Pachmayr rubber presentation grip in the middle of the right side, small wood ‘DW factory’ conceal grip, the HKS #10 speed loaders and G&G leather pouches, Bianchi speed strips, Bucheimer B-01-389L-64 leather holster (left side), Don Hume H286 NO.1 leather holster in basket weave (left side). I bought the Don Hume H721 leather holster on the right side from Gun Holsters and Shooting Accessories at Discounted Prices I have bought several holsters from them at a good price and awesome customer service.
You can still get barrel tools; they appear to be all metal again now, and blued barrels and shrouds from the parent company CZ.
I know it’s heavy but I absolutely love carrying the 2 ˝ incher with Pachmayr combat grip as in the pic in the Done Hume H721. I’ve begun to contemplate obtaining more Dan Wessons; 22LR, 32 H&R Mag, 44 Mag…
So what do you think? Do I have a problem?
Recently, this year or late last year after an absence of about 15 or so years Dan Wesson has reintroduced a ‘model 15 based’ revolver in the model 715. It is stainless and apparently only comes with a 6 inch barrel but will accept the older barrels and grips.
CZ-USA -> DAN WESSON 715 Revolver