October 23, 2020
I have been around firearms most my life, but usually in a hunting context. My father had an old S&W 586 that I loved to shoot, and I recently decide to pick up my first revolver (I guess I am missing Texas, my home). I spent way to much time falling down rabbit holes researching and ended up really liking the Dan Wesson 715 which led to the cheaper (and more beautiful in my opinion) Model 15. I learned about the desirable Monson era and ended up finding an ad for one on armslist. The owner did not know what what model of Dan Wesson it was (he thought 15 but was unsure). After using this forum and finding info about porkchop shrouds, and shroud types I concluded it was a 15-2. I purchased it, and it is currently being shipped. Today I was doing more research and discovered that my estimate was wrong. It comes with multiple barrels, and the current barrel on it is a 15-2 8 inch with a scope (this is what confused me). It also has a 4 inch and 6 inch which I think may be 14-2 based on the sight height, but I wont know until I have the gun in my hands. However it does not have the adjustable rear site which indicates 14-2. This is intended to be an accurate gun that spends most of its time at the range, so I initially felt a little bummed. On the other hand I have an 8 inch with a scope already mounted which is likely better for longer range accuracy than iron site anyways. And I have heard that the 14s can still hit inch groups at 15-20 yards even with fixed sites. On top of that I don't have to worry about adjustment, small parts, and things getting out-of-wack. (You can see I am trying to convince myself.) I still think I got a decent deal because of the accessories (see picture, I will get some better once when it is in hand), and I know this is intrinsically the same gun as what I wanted. But I still feel a little foolish for missing the rear site and commiting to the purchase. I have heard that fixed sites are zeroed to certain loads of ammunition (usually the most common service round from the era when built. Does anyone know what ammo Dan Wesson 14-2 Monson era revolvers were zeroed with?
Its great to meet everyone and I already have learned a bunch from this forum. Thanks in advance for reading this long post. I appreciate and answers and also telling me I still made a great decision might help too...
It looks like you have a 14-2 with 6 and 4 inch barrels plus a scoped 15-2 BA. Nice set up. Your gun may be very accurate with the 4 and 6. Try different cartridges to see which one is most accurate. For hunting or long range you have the scoped shroud. You have a Pachmyer gripper, an early diamond checkered target grip and a very unusual checkered Sacramento grip. The last one could be user modified. Nice set up.
August 20, 2019
Welcome and congratulations on your purchase of that fine looking set. From the picture, it looks like it is in great shape and was well taken care of. The matching barrels, tools and accessories in that condition make it a rare find(IMO). Personally, I wouldn't be put off by fixed sights and I'd experiment to find what loads it likes best. I bet after your first trip to the range you'll be happy with your purchase. You're in the right place as there's a wealth of information to be had here.
June 11, 2016
December 5, 2008
Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the forum.
I believe that most fixed sight revolvers are factory zeroed at 25 yds. But I don't know for sure about Dan Wessons since they were often used for much longer range shooting, at least after adjustable sights came in. All Dans are more accurate than a typical revolver because of the barrel/shroud setup and the front locking cylinder. You will not be disappointed with accuracy.
December 7, 2020
February 16, 2016
December 4, 2011
I looked at 'his' profile. It's a Chineese company that makes MIM parts. I deleted the post.
If we get more of this, I'll have Jody block this user.
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February 8, 2014
That is a beautiful first Dan Wesson purchase. I remember my first DW that led to a serious case of and I now have several DWs and a couple of sets. For me, they are the finest shooting revolvers I have ever shot.
Please let us know how it shoots after you get it broke in to your style of shooting.