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April 4, 2008
2:40 am
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hghunter
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HI, I’m a new member of this forum and would like some information if possible.

I recently purchased a DW .44 mag with an 8 inch barrel. It has the small underlug and a vented barrel. It was made by Dan Wesson Arms, Monson, Mass. s/n 0030xx. On the underlug of the barrel it says: Dan Wesson Arns, .44 Magnum CTG. I’ve looked over most of the information that is listed on this site but I don’t see anything that says anything about the "CTG". I realize that the model is .44 Magnum but I’m not sure of the rest. .44 Mag. V? What’s the CTG? Also, is there any way of finding date of manufacture?

 

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April 4, 2008
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Jody
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hghunter,

What you have is a a Model 44 (Blued) or a Model 744 (Stainless).  Based on the information on your barrel the model would be 44-8HV (Heavy Vent).  The CTG stands for Cartridge.

We have little information on productions dates since the BATF has taken the records over the years.

We have a few serial numbers and they year when the owner purchased the gun to on.  Based on your number all I can say is I believe it was produced prior to 1979.

I have started compiling this information on this page when members post this information for future reference: Dan Wesson Serial Numbers

 

 
April 4, 2008
5:45 pm
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Thanks for the information.

I assumed the H meant heavy underlug. Mine has the smaller, about 1/8 inch, underlug running the full length of the barrel. Some have the larger, around 1/4 or 3/8 inch, underlug which I thought was the heavy model. I also assume that the vented rib is the rib on top of the barrel.

I’m just making sure I have all my terms correct. By the way, my revolver is the blued model.

I have another question, my revolver is ported, do all the 44 mag revolvers have ported barrels? I talked to a previous Dan Wesson owner the other day and he said that the 44 mag he owned was not ported. The porting is hard to miss when the barrel is removed.

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hghunter 

April 5, 2008
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hghunter,

The barrel you describe is not the heavy barrel so it would not have the "H".  Sorry I misinformed you.  I’m sure all 44 barrels are not port.  I bought a 744 pistol pack.  One of the barrels was ported the others were not.

Hope this helps!

 

 
April 5, 2008
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Hey, If I keep pestering you I might learn something.

My son used to have a .44 Mag and he said his wasn’t ported either. I had a heck of a time getting the shroud off this one because of all the crud between the barrel and shroud. After the shroud was removed you could see the holes in the barrel. The exhaust holes are on either side of the vented rib. Maybe I have a special one. But they are ALL special, he he.

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Arne

April 6, 2008
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 [quote]After the shroud was removed you could see the holes in the barrel.[/quote]

I’m no expert by any means, but is your shroud ported?  It seems to me it should be in the porting was going to work.  Did you know it was prorted before you took the shroud off?  If not, perhaps you’ve got mis-matched barrel and shroud.  If the shroud isn’t slotted is there any damage to it

April 6, 2008
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  Yessir, there should be "ports" in the shroud for that barrel to work properly and NOT gum up on you…..when they originally sold the "ported" guns, as Jody said , there were two barrels ( one shroud) one with holes and one with out…..

yes, over the years we too have seen some out there that had the ‘wrong" barrel, inside of the shroud……….

 

anytime you have any trouble trying to remove the barrel nut, try and ‘soak’ it first,with a few drops of something ,like ‘Kroil’, that will help………….

dant

April 6, 2008
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I’d better explain it better.

My barrel and shroud are ported. The gas from the ports in the barrel escape into the area between the barrel and the shroud, then around to the two vents on either side of the rib on top of the shroud. There are, if I remember correctly, six holes drilled radially around the barrel. There is no way that the area between the barrel and shroud can not get cruded up. Burnt powder and gasses have to travel this route leaving residue. This gun evidently had not been taken apart and cleaned for some time. There isn’t much room between the barrel and shroud so it doesn’t take much crud to build up and make it difficult to remove the shroud. The barrel nut was fine, easy to remove. The shroud was the only thing difficult to remove. When the crud was cleaned the shroud slid on easy again.

I would suggest soaking about two inches of the end of the barrel in powder solvent before removal if you encounter this problem.

hghunter

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