SOLD FOR: $1651
Make: Dan Wesson Arms
Model: 44V, Introductory Series Second Run 71 of 250 (Serial Range 251-500)
Serial Number: 000271
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.
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 right side has a couple hardly noticeable compressions, otherwise just light handling wear. The grip rates in about 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 96% of its finish. The top of the rib has some faint mottled discoloration. The top strap and left of the barrel have some freckles of dark discoloration likely from previous oxidation. The right side of the frame has a couple shallow scratches. 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 Fine 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, and a sealed barrel wrench & feeler gauge. The box sleeve has light edge wear with a couple handling marks and water damage, the foam has some cracks and losses, in Very Good condition. The case has a clean interior and a few light marks on the exterior. The interior bottom liner is warping upwards. The case is in about Fine Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Dan Wesson Model 44V Introductory Series Second Run, serial number 000271 in a limited edition series of revolvers that had a serial range of 000251-000500. It was made to introduce the model and features a dove gray finish, removable 6” barrel, and a rosewood grip with a pewter medallion. 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 handling wear and it and its 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!