Dan Wesson revolvers are not new, but the Pistol-Pac concept is different from that it deserves a place in any listing. The Dan Wesson Company began production in 1968 and rapidly made a name for its unique revolvers.
The unusual feature was that the barrels were removable and could be changed for others of different lengths so that, for example, one could have an 8-inch barrel for home defense, changing them around as required. The basic action is a solid framed double-action revolver; the barrel screws into the front of the frame in a conventional manner, but it is then concealed by a jacket, carrying foresight and ejector rod shroud, which slips over the barrel and is then secured by a retaining nut screwed on to the muzzle of the barrel to hold the jacket firmly in place and place the barrel under tension.
The jacket is automatically aligned with the foresight upright, and slight placement remains constant when barrels are changed. A feeler gauge allows the user to ensure that the correct breech-to-cylinder clearance is maintained.
While producing a variety of revolvers in calibers from .22 to .44 Magnum, the Dan Wesson system is best seen in their unique Pistol-Pac, a package in which the basic revolver is supplied complete with four barrels, two sets of grips (service and target), plus a block of wood for carving the third set to your specification, and a stripping tool for removing the jacket and barrel.
All this is neatly packed into a hand case lined with sponge rubber. The barrels provided are 2, 4, 6, and 8 inches long. In .357 Magnum chambering, the Model 15-2 is standard, and it is supplemented by the 15-2 VH, which has heavier barrels and jackets with ventilated ribs.
Dan Wesson revolvers have a high reputation for accuracy and reliability. The Pistol-Pac idea allows the shooter to have the best of several choices at his fingerprints at all times.
Technical specification: Dan Wesson’s Pistol-Pac
|Dan Wesson Arms, Monson, MA 01057, United States
|six-shot, solid frame, double-action
|2, 4, 6, and 8 in (51, 102, 103, and 203 mm)
|36 oz (4 in barrel)