For those who enjoy shooting revolvers, the return of the popular Dan Wesson 715 in production is great news. This is the handgun that made the big boom after being retired from production a few years ago.
This accurate replica of the Beretta M9 features a lightweight polymer frame, and the same type of durable, high-quality materials that are found in the real gun.
The Grip Shell has a CO2 Cartridge that is easily removable from the handgrip for cleaning.
While it’s true that the Dan Wesson 715 revolver is a great gun, it’s also true that not everyone wants a handgun. They’d rather opt for a rifle or a shotgun instead.
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- Dan Wesson 715 2.5″ Pellet Silver
- Dan Wesson Firearms History
- Company Background
- Dan Wesson Revolvers
- Models 14 and 15
- Models 14-2 and 15-2
- Large Frame Magnum Models
- Other Calibers
- 1911 Pistols
- Dan Wesson 715 2.5″ Pellet Silver Specs
Dan Wesson Firearms History
Dan Wesson is a firearm manufacturer based out of New York State. It’s well known for producing revolvers as well as other types of ammo. The company is famous for their revolvers and for some of their products like the 1911, the M1911.
Daniel B. Wesson II worked for Smith & Wesson from 1938 until 1963. He was known as the “King of the Revolvers”. After the company was purchased by Bangor-Punta, Wesson set out to open his own manufacturing operation in order to produce high quality, American made revolvers.
Dan Wesson Arms was established in 1968, with their headquarters and production located in a former school building in Monson, Massachusetts. Wesson Arms was aware of gunmaker Karl Lewis’ modular designs, proposed during his tenure with Browning. They continued to develop his ideas after he left High Standard and the company that would become Wesson is now a subsidiary of Savage Industries.
Lewis worked with a production company to produce prototypes of his weapon. He then began marketing the weapon, and even worked to get the gun shown in major gun shows.
The new Dan Wesson revolver proved to be exceptionally accurate, though sales were limited in large part due to the gun’s unconventional look. After redesigning the product to improve its aesthetics and fix some detail flaws, Wesson introduced the revised model as the Model 15 in.357 Magnum and.22 Long Rifle calibers.
This new version of the revolver has the accuracy inherent in the threaded barrel design. And it’s really tough. It’s also easy to shoot. This means that thousands of people buy these guns every day. That’s great news for the industry.
Dan Wesson Revolvers
Karl R. Lewis is most famous for being a key inventor of modern semi-automatic handguns. His revolvers include the Double Action Revolver and the Colt Trooper. Lewis has been credited with helping to launch many modern firearm designs.
Lewis has made a name for himself by making innovations in firearms. For example, he created the interchangeable barrel system for revolvers. This system was incorporated into the Dan Wesson prototype. While nearly all revolvers are constructed with a barrel screwed tightly to a frame (which must be removed and installed by an experienced gunsmith), Lewis’ idea was to house the barrel tube within a separate shroud secured by a nut at the muzzle, which places tension on the barrel and provides support at both ends of the barrel.
By unscrewing the muzzle nut, the shroud and barrel could be removed and replaced with different barrel lengths and shroud configurations. The fact that the DW barrel is supported and placed under tension at both ends (along with the ability to fine-tune barrel-cylinder gap) resulted in markedly increased accuracy over conventional revolver designs.
Another key difference in the new design was the placement of the cylinder release latch. Other revolvers place this latch on the frame, behind the cylinder. The Dan Wesson revolvers have the latch mounted on the cylinder crane, which is a convenient location for this latch.
Lewis was an early pioneer of coil spring main spring revolvers. This type of revolver is sometimes called the “Lewis-action” revolver for the inventor. They have since become quite popular in many firearms circles.
Models 14 and 15
In 1971, the company released the Models 14 (fixed sights) and 15 (adjustable sights) in.357 Magnum caliber. The new models were based on the design of the earlier M11, but they were designed with a flat-top receiver and flanged barrel to improve their appearance.
As a result, barrel change tools for the Models 12 and 15 are non-interchangeable. Another new feature was the introduction of a mechanical stop to prevent trigger overtravel, which reduces the effect of trigger movement on the gun itself while reducing trigger return time, thus increasing accuracy. Models W11 and W12 were discontinued in 1974.
Models 14-2 and 15-2
During 1975–1976, further refinements to the Models 14 and 15 were incorporated into production as the Models 14-2 and 15-2. The Model 15-2 became the most well known and the best selling Dan Wesson revolver model to go into production. The 15-2 used a roll pin inserted into the frame as a centering dowel combined with a precisely drilled hole in each shroud assembly to facilitate proper shroud centering and alignment, thus eliminating the need for flanged barrel shrouds.
The 15-2 was the first in the semi-automatic pistol lineup to include some pretty impressive customizing tools. The barrel, grip and slide can all be replaced to your liking and the gun can be equipped with various accessories from a variety of aftermarket manufacturers.
All barrels and shrouds within a model series are compatible. Thus, a Model 15-2 frame from the 1970s may be equipped with a barrel from the 1990s and shroud made in 2016. The 15-2 increased sales markedly over the earlier models, and were often seen in use with both target shooters and hunters.
Large Frame Magnum Models
The Dan Wesson Company introduced a revolver in.44 Magnum/Special caliber in 1980, designed specifically for shooting targets.
The Model 44 or Large Frame Dan Wesson was offered with a 4″ or 6″ barrel. Most Model 44s shipped with a 6″ barrel.
When the Model 15-2 was introduced in 1965, it quickly became one of the most popular rifles of the Vietnam War era. Later, in 1984, the new Model 44 rifle was introduced. The new design was longer, heavier and had the same overall length as the M14, but it also had a faster twist rate, a wider magazine, and a full length magazine release.
The Model 44 can be obtained with a Power Control barrel. This is a barrel that has a series of ports drilled into it. The purpose of these ports is to make the barrel have a power profile like a rifle’s.
It is common knowledge that the best firearms have features such as high caliber or long range capability, and some have features that make it easier to shoot a bullet accurately. The first feature is that the barrel has a smooth bore with a uniform diameter, and this ensures accuracy in firing.
This is one of the many types of ammunition in existence today. The company went on to produce the Model 15-2, an autoloading rifle chambered in.32 H&R caliber. A new Large Frame DW was offered in the Supermag series of cartridges –.357,.375, and.445 Supermag (later called the Alaskan Special). The Model 7460 was also produced in.45 ACP/.460 Rowland/.45 Winchester Magnum.
A “Hunter Pac” could be purchased in all Magnum calibers, including a heavy vent-rib shrouded barrel, barrel changing tool, and Burris scope mounts in a travel case. Magnum Research produces the Model 715 revolver in.357 Magnum, as well as all other calibers and models listed in the text.
|Max Velocity||344 fps|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable for windage & elevation|
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