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New DW owner in Northern California - Thanks for the add
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January 9, 2020 - 3:20 pm
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Hello everyone… Several years ago I inherited my father’s small gun collection upon his passing. One of the guns was this little DW snubby… I have taken my guns out to the range many times over the years but never really dug down to learn more about them. I just wanted to get proficient in handling them.

Fast forward to about a month ago when I received my California CCW and I chose this DW as one of my handguns on the permit. I also have a Colt 1911 in .45 caliber on the permit and have carried both extensively to see which I prefer. Well as I’m sure you can imagine the DW is MUCH more comfortable to wear. To the point that I have decided to make it my primary carry weapon for the time being. I might change to a semi auto down the road but right now I’m content with this revolver.

But now I want to know whatever I can about it since I’ll be counting on it with my life, God forbid anything should happen to me that would require me to use it.

I LOVE the way it shoots… I love the way it fits my hand.. And I love the way it carries in my IWB holster.

So tell me more about it… What model is it? I think it’s a Model 15 and by reading this forum over the last few days I have come to learn that it is commonly referred to as a pork chop style/model… What is the significance about that?


Thanks for any feedback and thanks for this awesome forum with so much information…

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January 9, 2020 - 9:34 pm
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What you actually have there is a Model 14-1 manufactured around 1974. It is the fixed sight version of the Model 15-1 which was the very last of the pork chop DW’s before the introduction of the Model 15-2. Looks to be in very good condition; it would last several lifetimes of continuous shooting. The Pachmayr grips look really nice on it, and I’m sure help to make it a very pleasant gun to shoot.

The term “pork chop” merely refers to that leg on the bottom of the shroud (kinda resembles the bone in an actual pork chop) that not only locks it in place, but also retains the cylinder crane assembly. Additional barrel assemblies that would fit this model are not very plentiful as it was only made for about a year. However, there is an adaptor that can be used to attach any DW small frame barrel assembly from the 15-2 onward. Limitless possibilities there, although it then becomes non original. Could be fun though.

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Thank you 3ric for your information. I was wondering about those sights. I was hoping to change them and was poking all around this forum and google as well for how to do it… Everything said to remove the set screw… I couldn’t find the dang set screw.. I’m turning this gun every which way trying to see where its hidden and why I can’t see it… Well now I know why… 🙁

Ok, well now I know more about it than I did yesterday and that is good.

And yes I was also curious about the different barrel options so that information gets me looking in the right direction as well.

Thank you!

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One option is for barrels is a 15-2 BA with adapter and scoped. No need for sights then. Your gun is one of the most durable Revolvers ever made. The cylinder sliding off makes cleaning a breeze. I applaud your selection for Concealed carry. A semi auto is not as reliable as a revolver when carried and jostled. Every time you pack on a1911, or any semi auto you should remove the magazine and make sure the rounds are seated properly. There is no guarantee they will stay seated when carried. The second round can jam. The Dan is a little large for conceal carry comfort and concealment. I pocket carry and have switched from a Sig P938 to a Taurus or Smith ultralight in 32 mag. 6 rounds of dependability. Lastly, try many different types of ammo to see which is most accurate in a fixed sight gun. 38 special is also an option. 

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