Revolver enthusiasts worldwide were thrilled by the reintroduction of the legendary line of Dan Wesson revolvers in early 2015. The Dan Wesson brand currently survives as a branch of CZ USA − itself the north American subsidiary of the Czech-based Česká Zbrojovka A.S. company − and early this year, the legend was revived as the DW 715 double-action revolver entered distribution in the United States, at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,168.00.
As of today, the Dan Wesson 715 double-action revolver is only available to U.S. shooters, with no exports planned for the foreseeable future − although all4shooters.com will definitely look forward for further information, possibly as early as at the 2016 SHOT Show, planned for next January in Las Vegas.
The new-production Dan Wesson 715 double-action revolver was designed to carry on the legacy of its predecessor as one of the most accurate, rugged and versatile revolver on the market. It is shipped with a 6" shrouded barrel; the new shroud, designated the "HV6", sports a heavy vent that helps taming the recoil of the .357 Magnum caliber very well.
The double action trigger on the Dan Wesson 715 revolver is short and relatively light, while the Target-like single action is light and crisp − a throwback on the SA trigger pull that made the original Dan Wesson revolvers a top choice among competition shooters and hunters. The ergonomically-shaped, oversized rubber grips provide superior controllability over standard grip designs in most situations, and the high-visibility front sight and adjustable target-type rear sight allow quicker and more accurate target acquisition.
Barrel assemblies and grips are easily swapped by the shooter, and the 715 accepts grips and barrel/shroud assemblies from 15-2 model and newer revolvers, including 2,5" and 4" barrel assemblies that make it capable to fit the roles of concealed or open carry defensive revolver alike.
The original Dan Wesson revolver improved on the accuracy and service life of the traditional double action revolver design in a few ways; the tensioned barrel of the DW 715 interchangeable barrel system enhances accuracy, pulling the barrel tight like a guitar string, enabling it to vibrate at the same frequency every time. The forward crane latch, located in front of the cylinder and paired with a rear ball detent helps to ensure proper cylinder/barrel alignment during firing. Superior to the rear locking designs of other revolvers, it adds to the accuracy of the Dan Wesson 715.
While the tensioned barrel definitely improves accuracy above many of the most direct competitors currently available on the revolvers market, it’s the consistent cylinder-to-barrel alignment that contributes most to the accuracy of the design.
Additionally, the clockwise-rotating cylinder reduces stress on the crane, since it turns in the same direction the crane locks, prolonging service life and keeping everything tight. The Dan Wesson 715’s stainless steel frame is robust, built to handle the heaviest of factory loads, not to mention handloads.
Each DW 715 revolver is shipped in a custom Dan Wesson hard case. Patterned after the ever-popular "Pistol Pack", each case has compartments for three additional barrel assemblies and factory-supplied barrel wrench kit.