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Pistol Pac components
October 31, 2018
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     Is there a source that lists what the original components of a .357 Pistol Pac would contain.  It seems that the term “pistol Pac” loosely refers to a revolver with 2 or more barrels in a case which may have additional grips and a variety of accessories. Of the number of “Pistol Pacs ” I’ve seen displayed or listed for sale on various sources there does’t seem to be any consistency of the components. Just curious as to why there’s such a wide variation. Is it due to the factory or individuals?

October 31, 2018
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captklank said
 Is it due to the factory or individuals?  

Both. Individuals add and remove components, thus changing the original factory contents. Also, the factory themselves manufactured different types of packs, with varying components (e.g. a Hunter Pack).

October 31, 2018
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All real pistol packs started life with 21/2, 4 , 6 , and 8″ barrel assemblies. They came with the date appropriate barrel tool, 2 yellow insert and 2 white insert front sights in a small Manila envelope with the gap gauge. Standard was a checkered target and one other grip. Zebras were an option I believe, as was smooth targets. In the beginning the second grip was usually the Sacramento grip. Later, it was often a combat finger groove grip.

 Packs also came with the instruction booklet, brochure, warrenty card and a letter. The serial number was on the label  on the case. Totally original and unfired packs are quite rare. Either parts and papers were lost or sold or packs were assembled by folks buying items on eBay or from the factory. 

  Early porkchop packs had only 3 lengths of barrels and choices of the early grips. DWA Medallions did not start until the introduction of the 15-2.  

   As Stinger says, there were Hunter packs, 44 mag packs, Field pistol packs and maybe others. 

October 31, 2018
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     Thanks for the information. It certainly clears things up for me.  I can see why a totally original Pistol Pac would be extremely rare. It would be like finding a matching numbers 1963 fuel injected split window Corvette coupe with 10 actual miles, all the original factory options and documents.   So there is really no harm or foul if someone puts together components and refers to it as a Pistol Pac.

I’m an old admirer but a new Dan Wesson .357 revolver owner and truly appreciate the quality and versatility of these firearms.  I’m grateful that there is a site where you can learn about these handguns.

November 1, 2018
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Then I must have gotten a truly original pac.  I recently purchased one with; model 12 serial 1057x (fall 1971?),  2”, 4”, 6” barrels, two grips, a grip blank, tool & feeler gauge and papers.  The case is a grey attaché with raw grey foam.

 

hank 

November 2, 2018
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Hank that would be a great find with all those original items and is a correct pack for that era

November 4, 2018
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Most pacs also had a nice silver pewter or antiqued appearing brass belt buckle and a set of #71 keys on a string

November 7, 2018
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 and you can add the fact there was two pieces of yellow cloth,silk like, wrapped around the top and bottom foam grey inserts………….this cloth stained rather quickly and got tossed or swapped out for “other” cloth material,,,,seen red or royal blue also, but I’d bet those came from a fabric store, cut to size and wrapped ( tucked) in place…………yes some buckles were of a brass coated pewter like material, may have been actual brass buckles, down in the lower right hand corner of the lower foam piece…….

 

Nice touch about the # 71 keys, on a string, very true……….

dant

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