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Historical pics — buckles, wrenches, patches, grips, sights, PP's, hats, etc !!! Part 1
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In an effort to solve some small pieces of the DW mystery I'd like to start posting pics of all the "oddities" that exist in the DW accessory line-up.   There are many small subtle differences to the trained eye Wink…  This could be a great pictorial of DW accessories if everybody contributes.  I'll start with belt buckles today…

here is a shot of all the styles I own — front and back.

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this is a limited edition buckle from 1981

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These are the standard issue pewter PP buckles.  As you can see on the backs, the belt loops are different.

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The next most popular buckle is the DWA with dark background.

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Now for a slightly rarer variety, another DWA all brass buckle, but with no rounded corners.

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And finally, my newest acquisition, A solid brass, pointed corner DWA with separate piece riveted to back.

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Guys, start getting your barrel nut and wrench pics together… I have a few styles, but I know there are others out there.  I've seen wrenches in red, blue, black, green, orange, and grey !!!  and of course the steel varieties.

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Great idea Shoot, thanks for starting this thread off. And may I add that you've amassed an impressive buckle collection there! occasion I think my favorite of the bunch is that last one, with the "barn door hinge" type of deal on the back.Smile Pretty neat.

 

Ok, for my contribution in this post, I'll show all the hat pics I saved from some recent eGouge auctions. (still can't believe I didn't get oneEmbarassed )

 

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I don't know of too many patch variations.  The bottom ones look the same, however;  the one on the right is an original–the one on the left is a modern copy (the copies are slightly longer).

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Thanks to forum member JAMEST for providing these current patches.

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I know there are a ton of different wrench styles, both original and aftermarket.  These are the only ones I have.

Here is an original brochure pic

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An original EWK aftermarket wrench-A must have for any DW owner

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Kind of a rare one -- 357 MAX only wrench package

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If you look carefully, you'll notice the red wrenches are different shades and have different covers.

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Thanks to IHMSA80×80 for providing this grey wrench pic (never saw one before)

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This is a bad pic, but it is the only one I have of a wrench insert/adapter.  Notice the different packaging with 357 MAXI added.

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and of course the original wrench package. (yes, unmarked!)

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Here's two sizes of gun rugs & duffle bag. The small gun rug recently sold for $56 & was advertised as 10" in length.

 

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Here's my wrench collection so far. From the top left, it's;

.357 Mag (came with the Lil' Dan, but fits 15-2) — .357 SuperMag — .44 Mag (two)

Bottom row is; mid 70's 15-2 .357 Mag — Porkchop with external nut.

 

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Closeup of the Porkchop wrench, with barrel gauge. Those words can easily rub off the gauge…Surprised

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SHOOTIST357 said:

How about a DW bb gun...


That's cool, even made by Daisy!

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I thought this was interesting.   When I put together all the items for the Cheetah Special Project I noticed that even though the logo had been changed on the other sleeve the styrofoam box still had the orginial Dan Wesson Arms logo.
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Shoot, very good thread! 
 
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Charger Fan said:

Closeup of the Porkchop wrench, with barrel gauge. Those words can easily rub off the gauge…Surprised

 


This is not just a Porkchop wrench, my (1978) 15-2 came with this wrench and a barrel spud/nut that was not the later one piece  item where the two pieces were fused together

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman "Were is the Self Help Section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.

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That's interesting Steve, my Model 14 has the same as you're describing. It's still in it's factory stapled envelope & I don't want to open it (yeah, probably being dumb), but holding it up to a light I can see that's the type in there.

*EDIT* Steve, I believe this is the wrench style you're talking about. (pic swiped from a GB auction)

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Ok…barrel nuts! Here's the styles I have, anyone with different ones are more than welcome to post thoseCool Pics First off, the most common style. A small frame nut is on the left & a large frame on the right. These are 2-slot types…

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Next is a 4-slot example (pic provided by SHOOT). At this time, I can only assume this style is a Norwich creation…the extra set of slots is more than likely merely a backup set, in case you strip out one set. I'll try to get to the bottom of that one day. 😀

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Here is the most common type of Porkchop nut, the 12 point external shroud style.

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There's the lesser common style, the smooth nut. Using this nut pretty much turns the gun into a fixed barrel gun because…how the heck are you gonna get it off without messing it up?WOW No idea how they got it on there in the first place, without making marks.

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This next style was most commonly used on the later style Porkchops with flush barrel nuts. The first time I saw one was on my Model 15 "no dash".

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The interesting thing I found about this fluted nut is that once you remove & flip it over, it's got slots!Surprised

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Here's a nut for the Compensated shrouds. The end of the barrel is held inside the shroud with a standard slotted nut. The end of the barrel is about even with the forward edge of the front sight. Then a larger knurled nut screws in the end of the shroud finger tight, to make the Comp work properly.

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If a grip is an accessory, I'll throw this one up here. Came as original equipment on "Old Faithful" new in 1978. Smooth Target grip with no medallions or checkering. real wood, not the "Powerwood" grip as near as I can tell.

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Anyone else have one?

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Not me…not yet.Smile

Grips would be a good thing to put in this thread. I'll try to get some pics of mine soon, unless someone beats me to the same stuff I already have.

*EDIT* Ok, here's the grips I've got (excluding High Standard). This first one is Porkchop grips…including a grip blank, to whittle one yourself.

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Here's small frame grips. The upper right & lower left are aftermarket flavors.

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Here's large frame grips. The Pachmayr on the right being aftermarket, of course.

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Here's a factory pic.

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And here are two original DW grips I just purchased...never seen either one of these types before.

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Some super compact rubber grips

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Here's all the different Pistol Pac case variations I've found to date.

I'm starting off with a pic of Dusty's Model 12 Porkchop pac case (1970), because unlike mine, his still has the DW sticker on the top (hope that's ok, Dusty). These first ones were sort of a brown/green color & used two handles...one on the base, one on the lid. The foam inside is made of four layers.

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This is what I believe today to be the next case used by DW. It's almost the same as the more common brown cases, but it's black plastic & the prop hinge is on the left. This one also has a stainless piece covering the handle brackets.

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Here's a top & front shot of a black case. Noting the black plastic piece covering the handle brackets, I would assume this to be a slightly later case than the one pictured above.

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Here's the most common Pac case, the late 70's / early 80's lined interior case. The shell is brown plastic & the prop hinge is on the right. This particular one is missing the cover over the center handle bracket…I'll slip a better one in here later.

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Next is a reddish colored version of the brown one. Sort of interesting.Cool

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Same case posed next to a brown one (I wish I would have bought this one).

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More to come…

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From what I've seen, they made "Mini Pac" cases in two colors, brown & black. Here's an example of a black one. Pretty neat little critters.Laugh This one is missing it's plastic handle bracket cover.

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Here is a brown Mini Pac case.

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There was also some soft cases made…two colors from what I've seen, tan & maroon. This is a shot I'm borrowing of a maroon one Jody posted many posts back.

 

 

Here's a tan one.

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Ok, now hang onto your shorts for these next two. Twice now, I've seen pics of guys selling PP's in American Tourister cases…and until I stumbled on these pics, I assumed they were home made jobs like some of us have done. BUT one day I found an August '87 copy of Shooting Times, with an article of the "new .44 Hunter Pac"…and the case this pac came in?? 

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The only other pic in the article is this one. Clearly an American Tourister style of case!WOW I assume that this b&w shot is one given to them by DW, because it's got smooth foam in the lid…and it's hard to tell, but appears to have a cloth interior.

More to come…

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This pic is from the May 1992 "Handguns for Sport & Defense" Magazine. This one appears to be a more modern full plastic style of case…looks sorta cramped in there, compared to earlier styles.lol2 

 

This blue one was on one of the auction sites last May. At the time, I dismissed it as a nice looking home made job & kept the pic as an idea of something I might want to do. However, comparing it to the b&w pic above, this one appears to have the same latches & handle…now I'm kinda thinking that this is a factory DW case!

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And finally, we have the Norwich cases. IMO, these are the classiest cases to ever leave the DW factory.Drool I hope I can land one (or both) one day, I don't even care which caliber gun is inside.lol2

Hunter Pac…

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And this one was named the Pistol Pac II…

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That's all I've found so far folks.occasion

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Forum member RustyKnives listed this Invicta caliber adapter that was built around a DW shroud.  It is listed as a .257-- These were made for all kinds of revolvers/handguns, and allows you to fire a smaller diameter bullet with the use of case sabots.

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Nothing weird or unusual here but trying to do my part.

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