Make: Dan Wesson Arms
Model: Model 15 – 2V Pistol Pac
Serial Number: 158985
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Caliber: .38 Special / .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single Action and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The right side of the frame is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / MONSON, MASS. U.S.A. / 158985”. The right side of the 8” barrel shroud is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / 357 MAGNUM CTG.”.
Barrel Length: The 8” vented barrel shroud and barrel are mounted to frame. In addition three more barrel sets are provided, 2 ½”, 4” and 6”.
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a replaceable red ramp, serrated front sight. There are four additional colored insert front sights provided, two red, one white and one yellow. The rear sight is a square notch white outline target style sight that is adjustable for both windage and elevation. There is a Bushnell Magnum Phantom 1.3X handgun scope mounted to the 8” barrel and shroud. The scope is clear and the fine crosshairs are sharp.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are rubber Pachmayer Presentation grips in Excellent condition. Also provided are checkered zebrawood oversize target grips with no chips or cracks and the checkering still sharp. These grips have “DWA” medallions. The grips rate in about Excellent Plus overall condition. In addition, there is a smooth walnut oversize target grip. This grip has some light scratches throughout and roughness by the frame opening. There is marking by the screw hole from a screwdriver . These grips rate about overall Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bores are bright and the rifling is sharp on all four barrels. There is no erosion and the muzzle crowns are unmarked. Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are drag marks on the cylinder, and wear showing on the yoke where it rotates at the frame. The rest of the finish has only the lightest of handling marks. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly both single and double action. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The original fitted “briefcase” style box is provided, as are the warranty card, instruction booklet, April 1978 Retail Price list and Pistol Pac brochure. There is also a cylinder gap gauge, and barrel wrench. A scope is provided on the 8” barrel.
Our Assessment: Dan Wesson revolvers are famous for some of their model’s ability to interchange barrels. This “Pistol Pac” was a factory offering of 2 ½, 4, 6, and 8 inch barrels in a fitted case with an extra set of grips, four extra front sights, barrel wrench, cylinder gap gauge, decal and belt buckle. Only the decal and belt buckle are not provided. Parts for these guns are still available through CZ who has purchased this company. This is a chance to own what is arguably the most versatile revolver made. The option exists to have a concealed carry gun, a service pistol, a target pistol and a hunting handgun simply by changing barrels. These guns are known for their accuracy, and with the longer 12” and 15” barrels (not provided) are used in Silhouette competition. This four barrel set should warm the cockles of any Dan Wesson collector. Don’t let this one get away.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver is not on the California “roster of certified for sale handguns”, and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
LSB#: 120326JR01 Make: Dan Wesson Arms Model: Model 15 – 2V Pistol Pac Serial Number: 158985 Year of Manufacture: 1979 Caliber: .38 Special / .357 Magnum Act
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