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paulberringer
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January 27, 2020 - 11:38 pm
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Hi, I am new to revolver ownership and have rescued a heavily abused gun from a person that obviously didn’t know what they had. But I cannot find information anywhere. It is a .357 Magnum CTG. Made in Monson, Mass. and I have a serial #381788. I have a lengthy parts list, plus a ton of clean up and restoration that I have to get done, but don’t have the model number or type. I understand that I need to measure the barrel, and there are a lot of things to look at so I will try to get some pictures uploaded. Any help will be appreciated! 

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What you have there is a very (unfortunately) abused DW Model 14-2; the fixed sight version of the venerable 15-2. I’m guessing there are not nearly as many of these around compared to the 15-2, so it might have some restorable value for that reason. More photos will help to evaluate just how extensive the damage from neglect really is. May not be as bad as it seems. A qualified gunsmith can do wonders with a gun like this, but it will likely be expensive. Barrel length is 6 inches measured from the forcing cone to the muzzle.

Another forum member can probably estimate the year of manufacture better than I can, but my guess would be early 1980’s. 

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January 28, 2020 - 11:28 am
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Welcome to the Forum!

I lived in Conroe and The Woodlands from 79-84. Great place to live!

I have most of the internal parts you may need. Send me your list when you’re ready.

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According to the registry here it’s @1987-88. It’ll be interesting to see how the restoration project goes. Keep us posted.

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In fine shape your gun would be worth between 400 and 500$. In the shape it is now it is basically worthless. Cleaned up ND working it would be worth about 200. It would cost way more to restore than it is worth. To use as a shooter or tackle box gun would not cost much. 

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I agree with Ole Dog about trying to make it a shooter vs restoration. Since you’re new to revolvers you should do a lot of research before you dive into your project. There’s a great “how to” disassembly Average Joe thread on this site that can help. Does it function mechanically? I’d give it a good soaking before trying to disassemble it and see what it looks like inside. If you can get it functioning safely you could clean up the outside yourself and cold blue it cheaply. The most important thing if the gun does cycle is to make sure the gun is SAFE to shoot. Research how to do a revolver inspection for your own knowledge and let an experienced person evaluate if the gun is safe to shoot. This neglected revolver may have some worth as you can learn something from it.

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I like and may have its twin around here some where!   14-2s are the bomb!  

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