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Picked up a set of 8" and 6" 15-2 barrels but....
August 24, 2018
11:46 am
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I picked up two barrels and they came in the original 1979 boxes and oiled storage paper. The problem is that the barrels and the provenance provided don’t seem to sync. The barrels are pristine, no wear at all and potentially not fired.

The oiled paper is pretty torn up and worn. Seems to me that the box and paper wrapping should be in better shape when compared to the barrels. 

Anyway I am happy either way but I would like to know if the age of the barrels can be determined. They have the standard Monson .357 CTG label.  I just don’t want to present the barrels with false provenance.

August 24, 2018
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Just from my own experience the boxes and paper wrapping will almost always show age before the part does. I don’t own any boxes or wrappers from Dan Wesson, but I have owned several unfired revolvers from other manufacturers of that era. The wrappers and paper booklets age first, then the box. Also you’d have to take into account where it was stored and how many times it was moved throughout the years.

August 25, 2018
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dwf-welcome to the  dwf

No, barrels cannot be dated, but shrouds can be associated with the factory they were manufactured. Monson used a two-line roll mark, Palmer used a single-line roll mark and Norwich is a one-line etching. I wouldn’t trust the 1979 printed packaging paper, as they got lots of it and it lasted a very long time.

August 25, 2018
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All true. Probably old pieces of junk. I will give you a buck 3 eighty for each. Seriously, the boxes and paper are nice but as new is the big thing. Prices are absolutely crazy on eBay  for ANIB Monson BA’s  

August 25, 2018
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Thanks for the replies all and apologize for not using the correct forum for this thread. 

I am knew with DW and got smitten with a circa 1980 14-2 “barney”that I bought at a show about a month ago. 

I was looking for a 4″ to supplement my 2.5″ and these two barrels, the 6 and 8, were 24 hours from closing on Ebay and I jumped in the deep water.  🙂

@Stinger, I found the thread describing Monson and Palmer differences. Thanks all for the comments.20180825_181201.jpgImage Enlarger

August 26, 2018
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Those are BAs for a model 15-2. They will fit on a 14-2 but will not shoot to point of aim. If you go to EWK on the side I believe or the bottom of the page on a mobile phone you will find a link. Eric sells replaceable front sights that adjust for the fixed sight 14-2s lower rear sight. Or buy a 15-2 that those beauties can be used on as is. The 14-2s were mostly matte blue. By 1980 though they making some in polished bright blue to match those shrouds. 

August 26, 2018
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I ordered the front sight mods yesterday from the link provided in this forum. In the long term your right Ole Dog. These barrels REALLY need a 15-2 to compliment them.  Hehe

August 26, 2018
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K_S said
I ordered the front sight mods yesterday. These barrels REALLY need a 15-2 to compliment them.  Hehe  

Another one bites the dust ! dwas

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