They were (pretty much) the leaders with the bbl swap thing.. and they were the leaders with the contour grip copy of hogue, but first mfg to do it.. Plus i always heard great things about thier quality.. think this was a matter of price or what..
Great accuracy also. They were underfunded to compete the way they needed to. It also cost them more to manufacture the guns than it did Smith & Wesson or Ruger. Damn shame, I thought.
i thought the same thing... saw one at a gun show last spring..but not the pack that had all the bbl lengths..
was that if they sold their guns for a competitive price with Smith & Wesson or Ruger, they lost money. Apparently they couldn't get a loan to buy enough CNC machinery and the people to run it, so they went out of business. I don't remember if it was a Chapter 11 or what. It's been too long.
I have to be up early to meet some people who are coming by to check out and repair all our duct work. FREE!! Somehow it's paid for by the gas company, who gets a kickback from the govt. I don't care who pays as long as I don't have to. I'm not going to pass up on it.
Lew...gona leave ya with LLE, Lucky, and CW.. time for bed here as well... night my friends..
my buddy has one of these.nice lil shooter. accurate and comfortable.
Each Dan Wesson Firearms revolver bears the name of Daniel B. Wesson, who founded Wesson Firearms Co., Inc. in 1968. The great-grandson of D. B. Wesson, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, his goal was to build the finest revolvers that the shooting world had ever seen. He accomplished this by creating guns that were innovative, virtually indestructible and capable of match-grade accuracy right out of the box.
Dan Wesson was a perfectionist, preferring to build a few truly great guns, rather than many merely good ones. In an era of mega-corporations and bottom-line management, he would never allow quality to be sacrificed for the sake of quantity. And it didn’t stop there. His philosophy was “You can never be fully satisfied. You can always make something better.” This kept him on a course of constant improvement, while providing his customers with the very best revolvers that money could buy.
Elgin Gates, the father of modern handgun silhouette shooting, said of Dan Wesson, “He was one of the great men of the firearms industry and of his time; one of those individuals who made things happen, who kept the handgun world honest because he built the best guns that brains and material could turn out. Because of that, the others dared not do less.”
The Company continued to develop its product line from the introduction of the model 12, .357 magnum in 1969 to the Large frame 44 magnum series in 1977 to the massive SuperMag frame series in 1982. In 1996 the Company was acquired by Robert Serva and in 1998 moved to Norwich, N.Y., to reestablish the revolver line. From 1998 to 2000 very few revolvers were produced. Efforts were made to retool the revolver line with new equipment and fixturing to produce production revolvers at the highest quality possible using modern manufacturing techniques. In 2000 a small production run began starting with the Large frame and SuperMag series of revolvers. Yes, this did take several years of very hard work and dedication by the personnel of the company, bringing in new equipment, producing new tooling, fixturing, programs and processes. To achieve the standards of the core Dan Wesson Company these steps had to be taken and personal sacrifices made.
In 2000 the Company also started working on the development of a 1911 style pistol. The objective for this product line was the same as the revolvers. Development of the 1911 pistol was directed to build the most accurate out of the box 1911 on the market and also incorporate features that the shooter in this frame of history desires. This goal was achieved and Dan Wesson Firearms now offers some of the highest quality 1911 pistols in the market incorporating high end parts from companies such as Ed Brown, EGW, CMC, Grieder Precision and many others. Dan Wesson continues to move forward in the 1911 pistols with new features as the commander size, the Ed Brown bobtail and the 10mm chambering to name a few.
In 2005 a great opportunity came to Dan Wesson Firearms in the form of the world’s largest firearms producer CZ. CZ had been looking at Dan Wesson Firearms for its revolvers, innovative thinking and implementation of new products within the marketplace. CZ-USA in early 2005 acquired Dan Wesson Firearms and is now managing it as a part of the CZ corporate group. For the first time in the history of Dan Wesson Firearms all key business components to take the company forward exist. With CZ, the corporate structure to develop the company properly now firmly exists and it now has the brightest future outlook it has ever had. All major components, management, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales are now in place for Dan Wesson firearms to develop into a world class company. With the union with CZ, Dan Wesson Firearms is now positioned with the recourses and personnel to make it a top manufacturer in the global firearms market. This history will continue to step forward with new and exciting products and innovation from the excellent people of CZ and Dan Wesson Firearms.
Don't believe i've ever heard a bad word about them..Don't know if they are better than Colt.. doubt they are better than Korth.. Obviously both excellent, and innovative..
Hey Vaq.. how did you get yours again..
Got tickled at the article... bla bla bla foreign owned bla bla bla
Safeway supermarket, brand new in 1980. Less than 200 dollars. Haven't regretted it.
bulkier than S&W, heftier but solid grade "A" machine.
Can't say bulkier but nicer than s&w. I own a 357 magnum and really like it.
guess if i was going to pick one firearms mfg that i'm most familiar with it would be Smith.. No Roy Jenks, and i don't "own" some of the dash changes.. all Smiths have a primary model number then a dash followed by the series change number.. example would be the old K frame model 10 is now up to dash 23 or something. any slight change gets a dash number change.. Sorta like baseball stats.. You start (this is with all companies) with the frame size.. most all of you guys know a J from a K from an L from an N..(da big boy)..Colts comparison to this is their I frame on big Pythons etc.. Then you have model numbers inside the frame.. Smiths are easy.. if it's got a 6 in front of it you're talking stainless.. This is just simple memory stuff.. More Smiths out there so good stuff to know..
Quality as in "best" is dependent on what a handgun being rated on..Colt has THE best bluing i've ever seen on a gun.. check out what they call Colt royal blue.. "most" (and i agree) serious collectors feel Colt is a step up from Smith (saying over all, as a lot of variables, and a subjective statement, owned lots of both.. i will say that Colts are a better choice to collect at the moment.
Guys.. heres some free advice that you will thank me for.. Look at the prices of 50-70 cars/trucks, the value has jumped as more and more realize its an alternative to gold as an investment asset.. They don't make them any more.. Same thing goes with Colt.. That old Python has always been worth big bucks.. won't be long till they get over priced, but at the moment thier not, and it's like finding a primo 58 impala for 10K..
On the DW.. talk about a keeper.. vaq, nitris do the speed loaders for I frame Colts and Smith L frame fit . I've always thought that cyl release was in a great spot for speed loading but like Daisy i've never fired one..
I honestly don't know. I was looking at midway the other day and the dw wasn't listed. I'll do some more checking though.