DAN WESSON REVOLVER, 357 MAGNUM, 6 SHOT. THIS IS ONE OF THE CLEANEST DAN WESSON THAT I HAVE FOUND RECENTLY. THERE IS SLIGHT MARKING ON THE CYCLINDER. SLIGHT AND I MEAN VERY SLIGHT WEAR ON THE MUZZLE BLUING. THE FINISH HAS LIGHT HANDLING MARKS, A FADE SPOT ON THE RIGHT SIDE, DUE TO GUN RUG. HARDLY NOTICABLE. THIS IS A 2 1/2" BARREL WITH ADJUSTABLE REAR SIGHT, RED NOTCH RAMP FRONT SIGHT. THE GRIPS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION EXCEPT FOR A BLIMISH ON THE RIGHT SIDE NEAR THE EMBLEM. THE EMBLEM HAS SOME FLAKING.SHOWING NO WEAR ON THE HAMMER AND FIRING PIN. BARREL IS CLEAN AND GOOD. SHOW NO SIGH OF HEAVY USE.COMES WITH THE BREAKDOWN TOOLS(2 PCS) ....NOTE THIS IS A FINAL SALE WEAPON....IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECT...... HERE IS SOME HISTORY OF THE DAN WESSON REVOLVERS. I THINK THIS MUST BE A 15-2 MODEL. THERE IS NO MARKING TO TELL THE EXACT MODEL. STAMPED ON THE SIDE IS DAN WESSON ARMS, MONSON, MASS. USA. ON THE BARREL IS STAMPED DAN WESSON ARMS 357 MAGNUM CTG. The first production revolvers shipped in August 1970, and were known as the Model (or W) 11 (fixed sight) and Model/W 12 (adjustable sight), retailing for $110. The Model 11/12 series featured an external barrel nut, “porkchop” style shrouds, and large, crudely manufactured sights, but included the revolutionary interchangeable barrel/shroud design. Production quickly moved to the Dan Wesson owned facility in a converted schoolhouse in Monson, MA. Dan Wesson Firearms capitalized on the unique interchangeable barrel design by offering Pistol Packs, packaged in a fitted case with a variety of barrel/shrouds and grips. In September 1971 the recessed barrel nut debuted with the 14/15 Series. While the most visible difference was the lack of external barrel nut, the 14/15 began several years of continuous refinement, reflecting many running design and production changes. Models 14-1/15-1 incorporated new sights, extractor rod, cylinder latch, and numerous production refinements. The -1 series was essentially a “research and development” phase of the classic -2 series of Dan Wesson revolvers. The most noticeable change in the 14-2/15-2 series of revolvers, introduced in early 1975, was the elimination of the footed “porkchop” shroud. The straight shroud allowed much simpler production, from cold drawn bar stock, of barrel/shroud lengths up to 15”, in a variety of styles (V, H, VH, etc.). Other changes included a transition of some internal parts originally manufactured from sintered (molded, powdered steel) metal to cold drawn steel, allowing for a more durable and “fittable” action. Many components (trigger, hammer, hand, etc) were redesigned to be more durable and functional. Marketing of Dan Wesson revolvers of this era focused heavily on the Pistol Packs, which included embroidered patches and belt buckles. With minimal changes, the -2 series continued in production for 30 years, through several company ownership and management changes. In November 1978 Dan Wesson Arms in particular and the firearms industry in general were dealt a blow with the death of Dan Wesson. Production of Dan Wesson revolvers continued, and in late 1980 the Large Frame revolvers were introduced, initially in .44 Magnum. The Large Frame Dan Wesson helped popularize the revolutionary SuperMag cartridges developed by Elgin Gates, and established an era of long range revolver shooting. Dan Wesson revolvers soon defined and dominated metallic silhouette shooting, and were produced in a wide range of cartridges.
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