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My new baby: Dan Wesson Model 15
Detail of left side thumb cut
Detail of bottom grip, with Pachmayr markings.
Lately, I've had the itch to go a bit more "old school" in a pistol, owning nothing but polymer striker-fired handguns so far in the journey of
owning and shooting arms.
Well, this baby drew me in like a magnet at the LGS the other day, and I'm the proud new owner of this Dan Wesson Model 15, chambered in .357 Magnum,
with the 6" vent-rib barrel, built in Monson Mass. It was sold to me not as a Pistol-Pac, but only with the included barrel and shroud. Oh well, a
4-6 inch .357 is right around what i had in mind. Judging by the turn ring, worn bluing on the cylinder, other edges, etc. she definitely wasn't a
safe-queen. Saw quite a bit of wear in a holster, or maybe some use in competition.
From the research I've done so far, DW serial numbers were a bit all over the place, so I haven't been able to exactly date the pistol itself, but
what interested me more were the grips. Can't find anywhere that the Pachmayr Presentation grips that came on it were ever a factory option. (Perfect
feeling grip, by the way.)
Nearly all other modern Pachmayrs I've seen had that little bronze-looking round insert on both sides. So, what I'm wondering, is was there a time
in the past they made them plain, as seen, or was it maybe a spec order option? Anyone able to tell roughly when the Pachmayrs were made from the