ASG Dan Wesson bb Pistol ReviewSeptember 20 2011 at 7:58 PM
|Tim A. (Login windtek)|
I received my Dan Wesson bb Pistol today and her are my thoughts after the first C02 cartridge. First off this is the most accurate bb pistol I have owned I can consistently hit a 1.5" sticky dot at 20ft off hand using Daisy Avanti bb's. The build quality is very good for a bb pistol mostly nice heavy metal with plastic grips the finish on the gun is very good and seems like it will last very well too time will tell. I would have like to have seen a nicer set of grips on the DW they are not cheap cheap plastic but a little nicer quality would have been appreciated along with a metal turn for the C02 instead of the plastic one these are very minor complaints for the gun overall is very nice. The gun feels very nice in your hands at first I was worried it was a little front heavy but after I put the C02 and loaded the gun the balance was pretty good overall.
I was happy to find that the USA version of the DW comes with 12 bullets/clips to house your bb's and a easy loader too. I was going to order a pack of clips but they were not available at time of purchase so the extra 6 was a welcome bonus. Also packaged with the gun is a small picatinny rail to mount your favorite scope or red dot etc to the gun and a owners manual which is more like a small folded insert than a booklet. Be careful when you open your gun one of the picatinny rail set screws was floating loose in the package. The packaging was a bit of a disappointment for a gun that retails for $150 ( I payed $120 from Pyramyd) it should have at least come boxed like the Euro version but instead here in the States we get blister pack which I hate this stuff. I would have gladly paid 10 more dollars for a factory hardcase. The action on this gun is nice and smooth the trigger has a very nice feel I prefer shooting is single action mode but dual action feels pretty good too. The sights are very good for a bb pistol and you can adjust windage and elevation which I have never had before on a bb pistol mainly because there not accurate enough to warrant it but trust me the DW is.
If your looking for a bb pistol that will hang with a lot of pellet pistols in the accuracy department this is as close as it gets. The gun shoots hard and I would suspect the 500fps reports I read for the 8" version are true. I did my usual inspection along with oiling of the moving parts to get the smoothest action I can from the gun. After my first full C02 threw the gun I would give this gun an easy 8 out of 10 and am really looking forward to them releasing the 6" inch chrome version here in the USA as well. I have not taken the gun apart for the trigger tension mod to get more fps so I am not sure if the nut in bolt are in place on the USA version or if they will have to be added I will get back to you all on this. I would highly recommend Avanti Precision bb's and if you order them from Pyramyd you can take advantage of there by 3 packs get 1 free. Thanks I hope you enjoyed my review. Tim A. aka windtek
|This message has been edited by windtek on Sep 20, 2011 8:46 PM|
Its a shame they got the cylinder release wrong.. I have two pistol packs and a single Dan
|September 20 2011, 8:03 PM |
Wesson floating round here and they are worthy guns with a reputation for accuracy. its a shame they messed up and put a Smith & Wesson realease on the Dan Wesson copy... sounds like thegun might be a keeper for what it is though!
|September 20 2011, 9:50 PM |
I'm in Canada. I bought the same a month ago. The package is a box but it does not seem to have any screws that you were talking about. Am I missing something? If so, where can I buy the screws? I am planning to mount a red dot on it.
|September 21 2011, 1:16 AM |
The mounting rail has 2 set screws one was in the rail and the other was loose in the package. In order to mount the rail you remove the stock rear blade sight then slide the rail in and secure it with the set screws. Tim
Too bad they don't have a rifled barrel/pellet version of thjat
|September 20 2011, 10:56 PM |
It would be a simple mod to put a rifled barrel in it
|September 20 2011, 11:46 PM |
You have to mod the "cartridges" too, to allow loading a pellet from the back.
|This message has been edited by classicalgas on Sep 20, 2011 11:47 PM|
considering that a tuned crosman 357 will put every shot on a 3/4" sticker at 30 feet
|September 20 2011, 11:49 PM |
that's a pretty pricy bb gun. I wonder why they made such a nice pistol but put a smooth bore barrel in it?
|September 21 2011, 1:22 AM |
Yeah I will give you that it is pricey but it's neat and well made. I have always wanted a accurate bb pistol and this one really fits that bill nicely. I guess there are mods to add rifled barrels and shoot pellets but then it wouldn't be a bb gun. Tim A.
|September 21 2011, 9:45 AM |
Was this revolver designed form the get-go as a BB gun or was originally designed for airsoft?
I plink, therefore I am.
|September 21 2011, 10:54 AM |
Andy I believe it came out in airsoft form first but I am not for sure if the DW bb is a direct port with a barrel and clip change but I would guess it is. One thing I do know is it shoots very well I waited for months for the S&W R8 bb revolver to come out and was so disappointed it was not a good gun very cheaply made the DW is made very well not as good but close to my S&W 586. To me the DW is worth every penny of $50 more than the S&W R8 and is easily the nicest shooting bb pistol I have owned. Also it was a nice touch to give 6 extra shells/clips unlike the euro version which only comes with 6. I am going to check after work but I think they left the screw & nut in place on the USA version to adjust the hammer spring so you can get some extra fps I believe it is hot glued in place so I will need to get rid of the glue and adjust away. I am thinking about stopping by Wally world and picking up a C11 tactical they have them for $50 and see how well it shoots compared to the DW I hear the C11 shoots very well with Avanti bb's. Tim A.
|September 21 2011, 10:45 AM |
How many full power shots did you get from one CO2? TIA
Full power shots
|September 21 2011, 10:56 AM |
Jon I haven't counted yet but it's a bunch they say up to 100 I would say 70-80 good hard shots is a realistic number. Tim
wonder how it compares to the umarex based S/W revs.
|September 21 2011, 11:07 AM |
They are in similar price ranges but shoot pellets. I used to have the original circa 70's 357 mag crosman back in the 80's and loved it to death...found it fun and accurate...those steel bb probably have some plink wallop behind them...looks fun but looks pricey for ammo...
|September 21 2011, 12:18 PM |
Where did you find the larger package. All I see on the PA site is a 500 pack.
Avanti large packs
|September 21 2011, 11:25 PM |
Those came from Pyramyd but it appears they only have 500 packs now. Tim
**Warning if you do the hammer spring mod**
|September 21 2011, 11:31 PM |
Be very careful if you do the hammer spring tension mod I ended up doing a non-adjustable mod by shimming the box slide that holds the hammer spring. Be very careful the whole assemble comes apart real easy and ended up in pieces on my work bench I didn't even tilt the gun at all it was laying flat and came apart. Luckily it is a pretty straight forward trigger mechanism and I was able to get it back together and actually have a nicer smoother trigger during the mod I polished all the trigger parts that are metal on metal since they fell apart anyway and used some good teflon grease when I put it back together very smooth in single or double action now. Tim A.
|This message has been edited by windtek on Sep 21, 2011 11:32 PM|