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Local guy is selling a 4" DW .357 revolver, anyone know anything about these? I really can't find much about them on the web, but the guy claims it was originally a $1k weapon.

Any information would be appreciated, reliability, accuracy, parts availability, the usual...


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I remember seeing one here and looked to have a pretty heavy duty barrel.


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I purchased a new blued DW .357 with the 6" heavy ventilated rib barrel in 1981 for a little over $200, IIRC. I had plans to get additional barrels for it, but never did. I really like it.
 
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I have one with a 2.5” and a 6” barrel. They are accurate revolvers but seem sort of clumsy compared with the products of their various competitors. The internal parts are robust and crude to a point of looking like something designed in the soviet union. I have often wondered if Wesson pioneered the use of MIM parts, or maybe the hammers and triggers are cast.

If he gave $1000 for his, he got rooked. Used, they’re about a $300-375 gun around here, and not particularly easy to sell.

From my limited dealings with Dan Wesson Arms, I get the impression that they’d just as soon not have to deal with questions about parts for their revolver line.

If you try to make a deal for it, see if he has the wrench that came with it to allow you to remove the barrel nut. If so, you can easily swap barrels.

ETA: mine is a Monson made Model 15.

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Dan Wesson still sells the 357 mag. Barrels are interchangeable and new barrel assemblies can be purchased from Dan Wesson for a couple hundred as can all the parts. I recently called Dan Wesson for parts for my DW 44mag and 445 SuperMag. Fast and helpful service from the head gunsmith for revolvers and parts dept.
Gun Broker is flooded with DW 357Mag revolvers.
GREAT accurate and durable revolvers.
 
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As an FYI, back in the day, made fixed barrel revolvers as well.

My recent production 715 is a very nicely made revolver, yes MIM internals.

I have the 2.5, 4 and 6" barrels.

One of my favorite shooters.

Longest barrel they currently make is 10".

Debating on either an 8 or 10, which would be scoped.


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" 4" DW .357 revolver" is too vague.
Could be the cheaper model, could be the higher end models with a 4" barrel.


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My dad has a 6" with the ribbed barrel and full underlug.

It is an awesome revolver, the trigger is amazing. He's had it for about 35yrs, not sure of the manufacture date.

Very beautiful pistol, and fit and finish is amazing.


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" 4" DW .357 revolver" is too vague.
Could be the cheaper model, could be the higher end models with a 4" barrel.
I'm not sure what model it is yet, I haven't put eyes on it beyond some really bad pictures. Which models are more/less desirable?

I seriously know nearly nothing about DW models.


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The Monson made versions are the cream of the crop.

There were some issues with later ones.

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Dan Wesson still sells the 357 mag.


Barely. ATF list 600 revolvers sold in 2017 for CZ New York.

I would pass on any used DW. Quality was spotty over the years among the different owners. YMMV.
 
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Monson guns and the guns made in the current plant in NY both before CZ ownership and after are solid.
Palmer made guns are not the most sought after.
 
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I have a 715 I bought new in 1986...it’s been one one of my favorites...lost count of the rounds but it has seen plenty of use.
 
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Dan Wesson still sells the 357 mag.


Barely. ATF list 600 revolvers sold in 2017 for CZ New York.

Sounds about right. CZ has always had a production bottleneck with those guns. From what I was told by CZ reps over the years, at first it was unavoidable then later became intentional.

Early on the problem with the CZ 715s was purportedly due to the lack experienced hands, at least according to our rep at the time when the gun was reintroduced to market. Lead times were ridiculously long. Orders took well over a year to fill. By the time we finally got our third one in, we got tired of and fed up with the delays and just ordered any further units as requested by customers through distributors instead of direct, at least whenever they showed up at those sources. The lack of production volume has always kept us from having the 715/CZ as a regular stocking item, which had been our shop's goal at the start.

A later rep once told me that the primary gunsmith in charge of the 715/CZ production encountered health issues for a time, which exacerbated the production problems. Right about that time period, the "official" status of the 715/CZ out of the company's mouth became "limited production", spin doctored marketing at its most inglorious.
 
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Originally posted by stoic-one:
Local guy is selling a 4" DW .357 revolver, anyone know anything about these? I really can't find much about them on the web, but the guy claims it was originally a $1k weapon.

Any information would be appreciated, reliability, accuracy, parts availability, the usual...
The current Model 715 produced by CZ has a MSRP between $1400 and $2000 depending on configuration

So a street price of $1000 would not be out of line for a recently purchased CZ/Dan Wesson production revolver

It is a shame that CZ/DW is not producing the DW revovlers in Blue Steel.



Blue Steel looks So Good


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I'm guessing this is an older gun, the grip logo is DWA(Dan Wesson Arms) instead of DW(Dan Wesson).

Edit:
I'm told it's an older 15-2 model. Doesn't sound like he has any other barrels or accessories. He's selling it for <$500, 80% condition. Hmmm.


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I had an 8" Dan Wesson 15-2 vent rib full lug back in the early 80's. It had a nice blue job, and shot very accurate but the rear sight was not level with the frame and this always bugged me. It was not a Smith or a Ruger and the odd cylinder release did not work well for me so I traded it off. There may be great versions of it but mine was not.



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My first handgun was a Monson 15-2.
One hole gun all day long.

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they were made more for the Silhouette and hunting crowd more so than the avg shooter

DW 357's and 44's were built to last, and were stronger than the S&W and Colts at that time (early 80's)

now they are more collectible if in good
+ condition, (The pistol packs bring a lot of$$$$$)



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I think he's asking too much for one with just a single barrel.
I got two pistol pacs for 600 each, and they had been sitting in consignment for a while.





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