SOLD FOR: $1,525.00
Make: Dan Wesson Arms
Model: 740 Supermag
Serial Number: SE001364
Year of Manufacture: 1983-1992 (The .357 Max. wasn’t developed until 1983, and the Monson address wasn’t used after 1992).
Caliber: .357 Maximum (The revolver will also fire .38 Special and .357 Magnum cartridges.)
Action Type: Single or Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder, Slotted Shroud with Vent Rib and Underlug
Markings: The right side of the barrel underlug is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / .357 MAXIMUM CTG”. The right side of the frame is marked “DAN WESSON ARMS / MONSON, MASS. U.S.A.“ and “SE001364”. The left side of the barrel shroud is marked “SUPERMAG”.
Barrel Length: 8” With Ventilated Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a Patridge style blade pinned to the top of the shroud’s rib. The rear sight is a flat topped square notch target type adjustable for windage and elevation and pinned to the top strap. The top of the barrel rib and the top strap have a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is one-piece checkered walnut with finger grooves. The grip has a few scattered light compressions and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is well defined. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some light scuffs at the front-left of the barrel shroud and the bottom-rear of the trigger guard with a few scattered light marks. The cylinder has a light turn line. The hammer checkering is sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action pull starts smooth and light then stacks fairly quickly with a clean break and the single action is light and crisp. This revolver has about the shortest hammer movement we have ever seen in a factory revolver. The cylinder lockup is SOLID on all six chambers. There is a trigger overall travel screw located in the frame. We did not fire this handgun. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece styrofoam clamshell with serial-matching label and white cardboard sleeve which show light wear, in about Very Good-Fine condition. The label is marked with the correct serial number, but appears to be a repurposed Model 40 label which has been used for this 740.
Our Assessment: This is a Dan Wesson Model 740 Supermag revolver with an 8” slotted shroud with vent rib and underlug. It is chambered in .357 Maximum, a round introduced by Remington and Ruger in 1983. With a 180 gr. bullet leaving the 14” barrel at over 1900 ft/sec, it will produce over 1500 ft-lbs of energy. The revolver has a stainless steel finish with a matte finish on the vent rib and top strap to reduce glare, and a checkered walnut one-piece grip with finger grooves. The revolver has target sights with a trigger over travel screw located in the frame and the barrel and its shroud can be easily interchanged with shorter or longer barrels. This revolver is in Fine-plus condition with only a few light scuffs in its finish. With light .38 Special loads, this revolver is perfect for target shooting, especially with its crisp single action trigger. With heavy .357 Maximum loads, it is suitable for hunting up to deer sized animals and when fired through its 8” barrel should greatly exceed the muzzle energy produced with most .44 Magnum loads (Buffalo Bore .44 Mag. +P+ are an exception). The slotted shroud was an extra cost option at the time of purchase and should add to the value of the revolver. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California but CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.