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Why no SS on stainless steel 744????
December 4, 2018
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Just bought a Dan Wesson 44 magnum 6 inch V ported looks like brushed stainless steel. All the other stainless Wesson’s I’ve seen had an “S” on the serial number and “SS” inside of crane latch. This doesn’t have either. The serial number is 000303. Made in Monson.  Hope I didn’t buy a gun that has been bead blasted. Any info would be appreciated. thanks

December 4, 2018
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I will chime in for those with more knowledge. Pics are very helpful. 

My uneducated guess might have to do with it being a low serial number???

December 4, 2018
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does anyone else have a stainless revolver without s at the beginning  of the serial number 

December 5, 2018
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wolfe said
does anyone else have a stainless revolver without s at the beginning  of the serial number   

My Palmer 744 starts with “44S” and my Monson 715 starts with “SD”.

My 744 is currently at DW so I can’t check the crane but I can check the crane on my 715 later tonight.

December 5, 2018
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Are you sure it isn’t one of the Dove Grey cloectors 44 mags?  The serial number is in the correct range, under 500 and they were made in Monson, MA.  A pic will tell.

These guns were a custom matte finish and were not marked as stainless.  Post some pics.

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December 5, 2018
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Scorpio is correct. The first 500 44 mags were blue guns with a Dove Grey finish. The first 250 were engraved  The second 250 were not. The hammer spur will be short. The grip, if original, is solid rosewood with pewter medallions. The gun is worth more than an ordinary 744. Take good care of the finish. I don’t think they have the corrosion resistance of regular blued guns. They are not coated stainless like the Alaskan. I have an engraved version and got lucky and found more 2 rosewood grips. One on Gunbroker and one on eBay. I feel I stole them considering only 500 were made. Congratulations on your good fortune. If it hasn’t been shot you might consider leaving it a safe queen. 

December 5, 2018
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thanks for the info I had no idea I bought a rare DW I looked up dove gray 44 mag and that’s the gun I have  rosewood grip pewter medallion  low hammer spur   gun is in like new condition  thanks again for the help  

December 6, 2018
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Ole Dog said
Scorpio is correct. The first 500 44 mags were blue guns with a Dove Grey finish. The first 250 were engraved  The second 250 were not. The hammer spur will be short. The grip, if original, is solid rosewood with pewter medallions. The gun is worth more than an ordinary 744. Take good care of the finish. I don’t think they have the corrosion resistance of regular blued guns. They are not coated stainless like the Alaskan. I have an engraved version and got lucky and found more 2 rosewood grips. One on Gunbroker and one on eBay. I feel I stole them considering only 500 were made. Congratulations on your good fortune. If it hasn’t been shot you might consider leaving it a safe queen.   

Always such a wealth of info here on the forum. 

December 6, 2018
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wolfe said
thanks for the info I had no idea I bought a rare DW I looked up dove gray 44 mag and that’s the gun I have  rosewood grip pewter medallion  low hammer spur   gun is in like new condition  thanks again for the help    

Can you do us a favor and share a pic? Sounds gorgeous.

December 6, 2018
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Did it come in the wood case?

December 7, 2018
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the guy I got it from did not have the box   he had no idea it was a rare revolver  it did come with a barrel tool an gauge in factory envelope   it has the number 303 engraved on rear of cylinder under ejector star  I will try to post pics  thanks again for the help in finding out about this gun

December 7, 2018
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pictures added to original post

December 8, 2018
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Yep a nice example of the collector Dove Grey 44!  Nice find.

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good day gents! I have a question on the DWA logo on the grips, does anyone have a serial number time line when they changed to the DW logo. My .22 is a DWA at about 240x sn. I’m curious when they changed logos. Thanks Daytonoccasion

April 12, 2019
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Dayton, I think they changed somewhere around serial number 160,000 to 180, 000. That would be 1977 maybe. The grip on the 22 is not the original grip. It predates the debut of the 22 lr. 

 Update on my Rosewood grip collection. I obtained number 4 from ebay. It has a dent in the back strap I will try to steam out someday. Gorgeous wood though. I paid 160 for it, which is less than large frame zebras are going for. The most I have paid for one to date. 

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thanks Ole Dog! I’ll see if I have a grip original to that era for the .22 hope to get it era proofed.occasiondwas

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