SOLD FOR: $1706
Make: Dan Wesson Arms
Model: 44V, 123 of 250 Introductory Engraved Series
Serial Number: 000123
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .44 Magnum & Special Cartridges
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The right of the barrel is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / .44 MAGNUM CTG.”, the right of the frame is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / MONSON, MASS. U.S.A.” and with the serial number. The cylinder, sides of the frame, and barrel at the front and rear have scroll engraving.
Barrel Length: 6” Vent-Rib with Power Port
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with an orange insert, which is removable, pinned onto the ventilated rib. The rear sight is a square notched, white outlined target sight pinned to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is smooth rosewood with pewter DW medallions. The grip has no major defects, just light handling wear, and rates in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Dove Gray
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some stubborn fouling.
Overall Condition: The handgun retains about 98% of its finish. There are a few light handling marks, and a couple little marks on the left edge of the topstrap. There is a hardly visible turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel can be removed with the included wrench, which allows easy cleaning. The barrel is internally ported and vents into the shroud, with a small escape hole on top, under the rib. 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: Included is a serial matching box with a sleeve and two foam halves, a walnut presentation case with a tan velvet inner liner, paperwork including the manual, limited edition certificate, and a sealed barrel wrench & feeler gauge. The box sleeve has light corner and edge wear with a couple creases, the foam has some minor cracks, in Very Good-Fine condition. The case has a clean interior and ligh handling wear, in about Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Dan Wesson Model 44V Limited Edition number 123 of 250. It was made to introduce the model and features a dove gray finish, beautiful engraving, removable 6” barrel, and a rosewood grip. 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 design allows the shooter to change barrels and grips very quickly with the included wrench so you can suit one frame to just about any shooting you’d like. 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. This one has light handling wear and it and the accessories look great! This model was limited to 250 pieces and comes with its original accessories, it will be a nice addition to your collection. Please see our photos and good luck!