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What Model do I have? Start here
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February 12, 2009
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ironhorse said:

It is not a vent rib barrel and I don't think that it has the interchangeable barrel.  I can't see any slots at the end of the barrel.


Does the end of your barrel look like this, or is it mostly smooth?

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February 14, 2009
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No, it is mostly smooth.

I am sure it is a fixed barrel.

I just came back from the range, it shoots great.  Now I just have to do some reloading and adjust the sights a little.  Shooting just a touch left.

I was worried about the recoil, but it wasn't bad or uncomfortable at all to shoot.

I was told if it is a fixed barrel, it was made in 1994, that was the only year that fixed barrel models were made.

February 19, 2009
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I just picked up a model 15 or 15-2.  It was at my local shop traded in just this morning.  I read that the difference between the two is the hammer?  How do I know which it is?  It is a 6-digit serial number from Monson.

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February 19, 2009
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SMF – check out these articles from 1978 American Handgunner by Mike Barach and Masaad Ayoob.  They are really excellent and you will love 'em.  Written at the time and some of the info from Mr. Dan Wesson “his own self”…Real good detail on the different changes made to the 15, 15-1 & 15-2. 

 https://www.danwessonforum.com/wp-content/uploads/AHJF78_dw.pdf

Basically if it's Monson made and not a pork chop barrel shroud, it's a 15-2. 

Congrats on your purchase.  Barrel length?  grip? Condition?  Extras?

Can't wait for those pictures…

-Dusty

February 19, 2009
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Dusty,

It has an 8″ and a 6″ barrell.  It came with the 6″ and the 8″ still has the original box.  It has the old style metal wrench and individual feeler gauges.  the bluing is deeper than I have ever seen on any handgun that I came across and the cylinder looks like it has had minimal turns.  The wood grips appear the original too large for my hand DW's.  No other extras.  I must find time to begin the member collection photos for you all.

SMF

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February 19, 2009
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I have a question about my DW 357 that my dad gave me years ago …. it has an 8″ barrel, blued and the serial# is 74658.  I have no idea what model it is – any help identifying this would be appreciated.

February 20, 2009
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Hey Lulu – what better way to get a Dan Wesson than to receive it from your Dad?

From that serial number the gun was built ~1977/78, give or take a year.

If it has a fixed rear sight, its a model 14-2.

If it has an adjustable target rear sight it's a 15-2.  Either way it is technically a “small frame revolver”.

Check this Dan Wesson Brochure from 1978 to determine exactly what model / barrel config. —>it has great pictues & specs for all .38spcl / .357 mag revolvers.   Print it out and keep it with your Dan Wesson stuff!

https://www.danwessonforum.com/wp-content/uploads/1978_Pistol_Pac_Brochure.pdf

You can find it under the files tab if you have problems with the link.

February 20, 2009
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Thanks!  That was very helpful.  This is a terrific gun and everytime I have it at the range, someone offers to buy it from me.  This is one gun that I will never part with!Cool

February 20, 2009
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Hey LuLu, get some pic's of your DW and share; we always want to see what other Dan Wessons are out there.

March 10, 2009
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Dusty Trail said:

SMF – check out these articles from 1978 American Handgunner by Mike Barach and Masaad Ayoob.  They are really excellent and you will love 'em.  Written at the time and some of the info from Mr. Dan Wesson “his own self”…Real good detail on the different changes made to the 15, 15-1 & 15-2. 

 https://www.danwessonforum.com/wp-content/uploads/AHJF78_dw.pdf

Basically if it's Monson made and not a pork chop barrel shroud, it's a 15-2. 

Congrats on your purchase.  Barrel length?  grip? Condition?  Extras?

Can't wait for those pictures…

-Dusty


I just tried bringing up this link and it asked for a user name and password. The type of thing you get when you hit an ftp site. I'd really like to see the article.

Thanks

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March 10, 2009
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Dusty Trail said:

Hey Lulu – what better way to get a Dan Wesson than to receive it from your Dad?

From that serial number the gun was built ~1977/78, give or take a year.

If it has a fixed rear sight, its a model 14-2.

If it has an adjustable target rear sight it's a 15-2.  Either way it is technically a “small frame revolver”.

Check this Dan Wesson Brochure from 1978 to determine exactly what model / barrel config. —>it has great pictues & specs for all .38spcl / .357 mag revolvers.   Print it out and keep it with your Dan Wesson stuff!

https://www.danwessonforum.com/wp-content/uploads/1978_Pistol_Pac_Brochure.pdf

You can find it under the files tab if you have problems with the link.


Just had the same problem with this link.

March 10, 2009
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Sure enough, I had the same problem.

I'll put up a post for Jody – it looks like the same problem we had over the weekend.

March 10, 2009
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March 10, 2009
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Jody:

This is really excellent info.  I do believe that you may have missed 1 (or 2) model(s).  I have 2 boxes marked with the model # 445S, not 745.  Also, the serial numbers of both of these guns becin with 445S.  They are both Monson made.  could these have preceded the 7445 designation?  I have also seen blue guns whose serials begin 445B. Could this be another variant?  I haven't seen the boxes for those guns.

-Mike

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March 10, 2009
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I have some older DW literature I'll have to dig out and see what variations are listed. The dealer price lists are really good for model info.

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March 22, 2009
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I recently obtained a Dan Wesson .357 magnum 6 inch barrel revolver at a local gun show.

Serial number is 5 digits long beginning with: 85###

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Monson, Mass, USA

I  assume it was made in 1985. I'm wondering what specific model this would be.

I was also wondering if I could use the 2.5″ snub barrel with it.

March 22, 2009
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cazual-Welcome to DWF. If you go to the stickies at the top of this thread you will find lot's of info to help in identification. The primary identifiers are finish (blue or SS), rear sight style (fixed or adjustable), and shroud type (straight or pork chop). As regards your serial #, DW's are a little illogical and random in serial numbering, but a 5 digit Monson is much more likely to be late 70's. You almost certainly have a Model 15-2 and any .357 DW barrel/shroud should work (except a pork chop style).

Keep cruising this Site and you will find lot's of answers to the questions you don't even have yet.

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March 27, 2009
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I have been tryng to buy or trade for a local DW Palmer 357 model 15 (if the call the fixed barrel adj rear sight that) that is in like new shape, but has a $500 price tag. That have the gun marked as a 740, but it is not a 357 SuperMag, it is just a standard 4″ blue frame gun and just has a hint of a turn ring.

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August 4, 2009
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Hello new to this site very informative.I have aqurired a Dan Wesson 44 magnum could some one tell me about it?

It was made in Monson Mass. ser#44s00167x

What do they mean by all models That start w/ 7 are ss mine doesnt start w/ 7

and is ss?

they call it a 10″bbl?but it measures 9 1/2″?

and what is it worth? Thanx Dann

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August 4, 2009
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Hey Dann, first of all let me say Welcome this is a cool place to hang out and talk about DWs. Next we need pics. Now I will try and answer a few of your questions. Dan Wesson hasn't put model numbers on their revolvers since the very early models. A stainless 44 mag is a model 744, blued 44. The serial numbers on DWs don't make a lot of sense but sometimes have the caliber at the front as yours does. The letter s probably stands for stainless but I can't be sure. Last but not least I have heard that all DW 10 inchers are only 9 1/2 but I can't confirm that either. I am sure some of the more knowledgeable guys here can shed a little more light on your questions. Any way you have acquired one fine handgun and I am sure you will not be disappointed. While you are at it why don't you drop by the new members section and introduce yourself to the group.

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