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Old 03-12-2008, 10:30 AM
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Default Dan Wesson .357 Replacement Barrels?

I've recently discovered that my fiance's father has a Dan Wesson (I believe Model 15) revolver in .357, with a 4" barrel. He has stated to me that he would love to have a longer barrel for his revolver. Now I know they make replacement barrels for these guys, but so far I've not had any luck in tracking them down (6 or 8"). I've tried Numrich (they're out of stock on just about everything DW) and I've e-mailed CZ to see if they still have them (they own Dan Wesson now, no?). Are there any other sources I should know about?

Also, will the HKS (or similar) speedloaders for a S&W L-frame fit this revolver? I know they make ones specifically for it, but I have a buddy that's willing to give them to me/him if they'll fit.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:44 AM
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They use K frame speedloaders and I'd call them directly for barrel info. It's quite possible they have some laying around for sale!!
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Remember, you actually need two pieces, a barrel and a barrel shroud.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:39 AM
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Remember, you actually need two pieces, a barrel and a barrel shroud.
Yup, that much I know. That and the tool, since he has no idea whether or not he actually has one. I'll be ordering the feeler guage as well.
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Old 03-12-2008, 11:51 AM
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Let us know if they have them... They have a reputation for being a great shooter. Although I don't know because I've never shot mine...
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Let us know if they have them... They have a reputation for being a great shooter. Although I don't know because I've never shot mine...

I've found a couple of places online (thehighroad and I think m1911.org) saying that they have ordered replacement barrels from them....

Contact info for DW Customer Service:

CZ-USA/DBA Dan Wesson
5169 State Highway 12 South
Norwich, NY 13815

Voice: 607-336-1174 (one individual mentioned ext. 21)

Fax: 607-336-2730

I just gave them a ring, and the I received their after hours message (apparently they were on another line). 0700-1530 hours. I want to work there....
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Let us know if they have them... They have a reputation for being a great shooter. Although I don't know because I've never shot mine...
They do shoot very well, a friend had a .357 and I had a .44 back in the 80's. We both won our share of trophy's at the local handgun matches using them. A gunsmith friend attributed their accuracy to the barrel being supported in tension by the front nut against the shroud, basically a double shear support, but who knows.
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How about this one:
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...?Item=94537406
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Remember, you actually need two pieces, a barrel and a barrel shroud.
And the barrel nut.
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Would love to own one. How much does a good one going for?
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We have a winner!!!@!

I got an e-mail back from DW with the following:

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Yes they are. We make them as we get the orders for them. It takes approx.
4-6 weeks to process the orders for them. They come in the following...

VH barrel and shroud assemblies

2.5" $109.00
4" $129.00
6" $ 169.00
8" $207.00
10" $248.00

They come in blued or stainless steel. Shipping is extra. The tool costs $43.00 per kit. Each kit includes the barrel wrench, allen wrenches, and feeler gage. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and checks payable to CZ-USA.
Thank you for contacting Dan Wesson Firearms.


CZ-USA / Dan Wesson Firearms
5169 State Hwy 12, South
Norwich, NY 13815
607-336-1174 Ext# 21
607-336-2730 Fax

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Good news and pretty good pricing.
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Good news indeed. My stainless steel 6" .44 Dan Wesson is my favorite gun for range work, usually loaded with magnum cases loaded to spl levels. I'd love to own an 8 or 10" barrel for it, but her backstage says we don't need to spend no more money on @#$%^ guns
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WhiteDingo,
Which shroud is that for? Dan Wesson made two styles; one with a half length under-lug (non vented rib) and a full under-lug (vented rib). Also, DW made a nice presentation case that held the pistol and all the barrels.
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Which shroud is that for? Dan Wesson made two styles; one with a half length under-lug (non vented rib) and a full under-lug (vented rib). Also, DW made a nice presentation case that held the pistol and all the barrels.

If I recall correctly, all the newer barrels are the full under lug. I've e-mail Genny back to be sure.
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If I recall correctly, all the newer barrels are the full under lug. I've e-mail Genny back to be sure.
OK
I was hoping that it was NOS. I would love to find an original 8" & 10" with full under-lug.
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The VH in the note from the factory means Vent Heavy, meaning ribbed top and a full (or heavy) lug.

I've had my Dan Wesson 715, .357 going on about 20 years. It is a fine gun. I have the following barrels for mine.
2 1/2"
3" (rare)
4"
5" (rare)
6"
8"
10"
12"

In addition I have about 10 different grips. From "small" CCW style to large target grips.

They also made 15" barrels at one point but from what I understand the will not make them any more and the stainless ones are very tough to find.

I also have a DW .22 but only have a 4" and 6" barrel. Hmmmm..... I better start working on getting some more barrels.

Ebay and Gunbroker usually have barrels, shrouds, wrenches and nuts listed. Good luck on your search.
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You used to be able to get the barrels on ebay before they changed the rules a little while back, and it was a hot market. The very short and very long barrels went for quite a pretty penny.

It's good to see DW supporting them again.

Here's my Mod 15-2VH:
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We have a winner!!!@!

I got an e-mail back from DW with the following:
Now you have to decide which one to get for your father-in-law

When I worked in a gun store long ago, we carried and sold a lot of DW's. The 6'' VH was the most popular if I recall correctly.
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Now you have to decide which one to get for your father-in-law

When I worked in a gun store long ago, we carried and sold a lot of DW's. The 6'' VH was the most popular if I recall correctly.

He's made a couple side comments about how he'd like to have a longer barrel for the revolver, as all he does is target shoot at the range with it. I was thinking about picking him up the 8".
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Where's your patch?
Different kits made in different years came with different accessories, apparently. Mine doesn't have the target grip or the patch.

No way to know if it was there originally and the original owner lost it or sewed it on to something. I've picked up spare grips and other gear, but no patch yet.
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He's made a couple side comments about how he'd like to have a longer barrel for the revolver, as all he does is target shoot at the range with it. I was thinking about picking him up the 8".
I've had a few DWs and the 8" vented (but not lugged) barrel was my favorite. Long sighting plane and good forward weight, but not too heavy. If you can find the squared off blade front sight that gives a great sight picture.

Outside CA the older DWs are pretty reasonably priced. I just sold a 1970s 15 VH pistol pac with all the extras - even had the original anti rust paper wrapping for the gun and all barrels - for $1,200.00. Sat on the gun store shelf for all of 1 day.
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Outside CA the older DWs are pretty reasonably priced. I just sold a 1970s 15 VH pistol pac with all the extras - even had the original anti rust paper wrapping for the gun and all barrels - for $1,200.00. Sat on the gun store shelf for all of 1 day.
Mine still has the cool anti rust papers... just missing the manual. Grrrr.
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I always found the 8'' Vent Heavys too front heavy for comfortable target work. The 8'' vented was nice though, although the 6" VH was my favorite. I think Dfletechers recommendation of the 8" Vented (not heavy) barrel is a good one.

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I had a model 15 pistol pac in addition to my model 715 pac. I a weak moment it sold it a few years ago and have been missing it. Contra Costa Collectables had a 15 pac for quite a long time for sale for $1000. I called on Tuesday to see if it was still there but alas no....
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Only 5 years ago, these things were dirt cheap - nobody cared about them. You could buy pistol pacs for $400 all day long. I got a spare 4" barrel and shroud for $30 in a Tucson gun shop just a few years ago.
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Mine was $219 out the door, the whole weapon, 8" 15-2VH, beautiful blue finish, brand new. Summer 1982.
Man, a 10" barrel is now about what I paid for the whole revolver.
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I just picked up my Model 15 on Friday...it came with a 6", 4", and 2.5" barrels plus the neccessary tools. It needs a little cleaning up but out the door for $300 was not a bad little deal. I shot some .38 wadcutters out of it and was amazed at the accuracy and relative lack of noise when shooting.

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I just picked up my Model 15 on Friday...it came with a 6", 4", and 2.5" barrels plus the neccessary tools. It needs a little cleaning up but out the door for $300 was not a bad little deal. I shot some .38 wadcutters out of it and was amazed at the accuracy and relative lack of noise when shooting.

When I get it cleaned up I'll post some pictures in the gallery thread.
DANG!!! and I thought I got a good deal on one with a 6" barrel 295.OTD. I get to take it home on Sep. 8. Too many other things got to clear before it does.
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I got it from The Outdoorsman in Grover Beach. They have some great guns including a three inch Detective Special I really wanted and old holsters in there but the owner Lee has the personality of a paperclip.
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I wanted to find out the current prices (4/2011) from Dan Wesson (CZ-USA) and got an email with the following:

*4-6 weeks to process the orders for them.

VH barrel and shroud assemblies

2.5" $190.00
4" $257.00
6" $304.00
8" $374.00
10" $433.00
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Remember, you actually need two pieces, a barrel and a barrel shroud.
Oh no, not the shroud. Anything but the shroud. Isn't that "The shoulder thing that goes up!"
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