November 25, 2017
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?
February 16, 2016
March 25, 2013
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.
November 25, 2017
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.
September 14, 2018
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February 20, 2008
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……….
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