SOLD FOR: $1,350
Make: Dan Wesson Arms
Serial Number: 336890
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1982
Caliber: .38 Special or .357 Magnum
Action Type: Single or Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The right side of the 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2.5″ barrel shrouds are marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / 357 MAGNUM CTG.”. The right side of the frame is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / MONSON, MASS. U.S.A. / 336890”.
Barrel Length: 8″, 6″, 4″ and 2.5″ barrels with solid ribs and full short-lug shrouds
Sights / Optics: Each of the four barrel shrouds has a replaceable ramp front sight with a colored insert. Currently, the 8″ barrel shroud has a yellow insert ramp installed, the 6″, 4″ and 2 1/2″ barrel shrouds have red insert ramps installed. Included are three more ramps which have two white and one yellow inserts respectively.
Stock Configuration & Condition: Three grips are provided with this revolver. The installed grip is a one-piece checkered blonde wood with dark grain stripes and DW medallions. The installed grip has a compression on the back toward the top, otherwise showing only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp, there are no chips or cracks. Overall, the installed grip is in about Fine-plus condition.
A smooth wood grip with finger grooves has some scattered light compressions, nicks and scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, this grip is in about Very Good condition.
The last grip is a one-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Gripper with finger grooves. This grip has a spot of marring on the left at the bottom, a tear at the grip screw hole and light handling wear, in about Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: All bores are bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in any of the bores.
Overall Condition: This handgun set retains about 93% of its metal finish. The frame has some light surface oxidation and minor erosion on the topstrap, thinning at some edges, with a few other scattered minor marks and operational wear on the crane. The cylinder has a turn-line, thinning at edges, most notable on the front edges, and scattered light wear. The 8″ barrel shroud has some minor surface oxidation on the rib, otherwise showing only a few minor marks. The 6″ barrel shroud has some light scratches and scuffs on the top of the rib with a few other minor marks. The 4″ barel shroud has light wear at the muzzle on each side with some light wear along the sides and two nicks on the bottom of the lug. The 2 1/2″ shroud has a few scattered minor marks. The screw heads are undamaged. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver set is in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action pull is smooth and the single action is light and crisp. The cylinder has very little rotational play on all six chambers, with barely perceptible front-to-rear play. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a brown hard case with yellow padded interior, one wrench which hs all three hex wrenches needed for disassembly as well as the wrench for removal and replacement of the barrels, rubber covers for two hex heads on the wrench, barrels, sights and grips as described, a Dan Wesson patch and a Dan Wesson belt buckle. The case has light storage wear on the exterior and minor wear from the contents on the plush interior, in about Very Good-plus condition. Also included are three HKS speedloaders in Fine-plus condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Dan Wesson Model 15-2 Pistol Pack, which was a revolutionary concept from Dan Wesson. Not since the original open-top percussion revolvers from Colt was it so easy for the user to change the barrel on a revolver. This package allows for conversion of the same revolver into a 2.5″ compact, concealed carry piece to an 8″ target revolver, stopping at 4″ and 6″ along the way as you choose. You’ll also have your choice of sight inserts. The extra grips should help fit any preference and other alternatives are available for this frame. Though not as popular as some other manufacturers, Dan Wesson earned a reputation, which continues to this day, of fine quality craftsmanship and innovative design. If you were to only own one revolver, there could be no better choice than this! Please see our photos and good luck!