December 3, 2015
October 18, 2017
As promised, here's a couple photos of my DW model 15-1 that I picked up today. It's in better condition than I thought it would be, and is an absolute tack driver! If my hand was just a bit steadier I could probably put all six rounds through the same hole at 7 yards.It clearly has the High Standard adjustable rear sight.
March 27, 2009
October 18, 2017
Thanks, Dave. I own only two DWs. My early model 15-2 which I've had for a couple of years now is a great shooter, and although I've had to tweak a few things over the years it has been a great performer. I've had to tweak a couple of things on my 15-1 as well, but I have to say that it has the accuracy edge over the 15-2. Not sure why.
When I first fired the 15-1 with .38 Specials I was amazed at that first group. Then when I fired the first .357 Magnums the group was just as good, but the gun jammed up on me a couple of times. I found that the firing pin on my 15-1 is a little different than the 15-2. It has a straight shaft rather than the slightly tapered one, so it has a sharper shoulder at the nose. This was causing the primer to grab the firing pin under magnum pressures and thus not allowing the cylinder to turn. A slight wiggling of the cylinder would release it. I've since removed the firing pin and did my best to soften the edge of the shoulder, and then polished it thoroughly. This will hopefully solve the problem.
A closer examination of the gun when I got it home also revealed that it didn't pass the slow indexing test. Two of the chambers did not quite make it to the bolt with the hammer slowly pulled back all the way. I ordered a new hand and have since fitted it to the gun; perfect now. I'm convinced that the damage to the old hand was caused by the previous owner repeatedly trying to ratchet the cylinder against a jammed cartridge.
All that said; I'm probably going to end up joining you in the Pork Chops rule club. There is just something about this revolver that speaks to me.