I have scanned the March 1981 issue of the Shooting Times. This issue featured the new Dan Wesson Model 44! Here are a few facts I found interesting:
- Shipments of the Model 44 began in December 1980.
- The model 44 featured a one piece frame with no side plate. This was different than the previous small frame Dan Wesson revolvers which have a side plate.
- The 44 featured Dan Wesson’s new Power Control recoil reduction system. This system utilized a barrel with 8 small hole drilled in 3/4″ from the muzzle and 2 small slots in the top of the shroud. It was recommend that only jacketed bullets be used in PC barrels since lead bullets could make the shroud more difficult to remove.
- It was recommended to remove the barrel and shrould after 250 rounds for a cleaning.
- The 44 Pistol Pac’s were first issued with only 6″ and 8″ PC barrels and shroud. 4″ and 10″ PC barrels and shroud could also be ordered along with regular barrels.