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Greetings My Good Netizens

longtime lurker, finally have a few things to contribute.

 

before this auction “goes away” I thought I would post it and see if anyone knows *anything* about this anomoly:

Dan Wesson Experimental Model 15 .357 magnum

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/1037864134

 

”Wildey-owned and potentially experimental or custom Dan Wesson Arms Model 15 in .357 Magnum with a six round capacity and a 6" vent ribbed, square underlug barrel. DWA checkered wood grip. Plum blued frame. Blued non-fluted cylinder with unusual right side cylinder lock serrated hammer and barrel. Unfinished trigger. Left side of frame cylinder release. Rear adjustable and front fixed blade sight. Condition is good with scratches, edge finish wear/loss, wood dings/scratches and tiny touches of rust. Light turn line on the cylinder. Clean rifled bore. From the Personal collection of Wildey Firearms creator Wildey J. Moore. ”

remarkably odd, it appears as tho there is a manually operated cylinder release, and a new cylinder with the cylinder notches relocated…. 

any ideas, folks?

yhs

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Welcome to the forum from PA!!!!

Yep, the lock work is definitely different. I'm sure someone will chime in on this.

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Did someone call me? I suspect it is a creation of Wildey Moore's and not a Dan Wesson experimental gun. There may have been accommodation by DW, ie, the unfluted cylinder. 

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Ah yes, I should have been more clear, this is an experimental revolver using a Dan Wesson frame , shroud, and possibley barrel, coming from the personal collection of  Wildey J. Moore . i am searching patents and old magazine articles, but have nothing useful so far.

 

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This gun was on proxibid and I believe it sold that was 3 months ago.  I did not understand why they did this to it I know Dan Wesson did do some unfluted cylinders so I do not see the point of this gun. What do you gain by moving the latch to the center? I wish the letter explained the point of it. I would not pay $1250 for it you can get a regular 15-2 in good condition for$700 and the frame is really plum (purpI guess it's a pne off but I see no collector value except for the guys name.

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I talked to the current and last owner.    Last sold 10/07/2023 by Connecticut Auctions.   As I recall, neither have fired it, but say the mechanism works.   Current owner either had "buyers remorse" or needs some money?   Can't remember what it sold for, but sent an email to CFA.

I was excited about it at first, but prefer guns I can shoot.   I think this gun's "Uniqueness" makes it a wall-hanger for most.

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Expensive paper weight.  Probably no parts in common with Dan's.  

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The front sight is not fixed. It's standard DW 15-2 style.

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I was referring to internal lock work parts.  If that thing breaks, parts could be all but impossible to come up with.  The barrel, shroud, sights, grip and frame are all DW but the working parts have to be a bit different due to that modified cylinder bolt.  I also seem to remember someone saying that the cylinder rotates backwards from all other Dan's.  Not sure how that was achieved.  
If it wasn't so expensive, it'd make a decent conversation piece.  For the money though, I'd sooner have a Supermag.

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I might be interested for what he paid for it.   Not for the markup price.

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Scout728 said
I might be interested for what he paid for it.   Not for the markup price.

  

No kidding, double the money? I will laugh if he ends up selling for the same price in the end. 

BTW, how did you find that? 

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BTW, how did you find that? 
  

I have an existing account with them already.   When I could not fine the gun in my spreadsheet...(not a Supermag), I simply emailed my contact and asked what the hammer price was?

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Scout728 said

BTW, how did you find that? 

  

I have an existing account with them already.   When I could not fine the gun in my spreadsheet...(not a Supermag), I simply emailed my contact and asked what the hammer price was?

  

I see. This is the first I've heard of that auction house, I will need to watch them in the future.

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