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    High Standard MK III

    Basically it's a 44 year old Dan Wesson 15, wearing a High Standard roll stamp. DA/SA trigger, 6 shot .357 Magnum, 4'' barrel, checkered combat grips, pinned front ramp with an adjustable rear sight.

    From the looks of it, this revolver had only been fired enough to lead up the chamber throats and dirty up the barrel. Stored away for most of its life, the gun metal showed no signs oil. The lock work was dry as a bone. Initial D/A trigger pull was around 13 lbs. It reminded me of an 1895 Mosin Nagant I once had. Lock up between the cylinder and frame is extremely tight. Remarkably it shows minimal handling marks and the blueing is still gorgeous.

    Not yet acquiring a barrel nut wrench meant disassembly is near impossible, so I removed the stock and dunked it in an ultrasound bath. The cleaning solution remained fairly clear after a twenty minute bathing cycle.

    Functionality was greatly improved. S/A trigger pull was at 3 lbs.-4 oz., D/A was at 9 lbs.- 13 oz., but it still had the lousiest D/A trigger pull ever. I needed to take a look inside and see what could be done.
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    Nice gun. There was one on Armslist for sale in Dayton (OH) 2 or 3 months back.
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    Very nice! What an interesting revolver; Wesson/Hi Standard, with what I believe is called the pork chop barrel.

    Congratulations! We look forward to a range report!
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    Quote Originally Posted by troutkiller View Post
    Nice gun. There was one on Armslist for sale in Dayton (OH) 2 or 3 months back.
    I've got my eye on a nice Dan Wesson 15-2 w/ a 6'' barrel. Now I need to come up with some more funds.
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    I popped the side plate off a second time to lightly stone places where parts appeared to scratch on one another. I made an adjustment to the trigger overtravel set screw and after another clean & lube, D/A pull dropped to 7 lbs.-12 ozs, S/A dropped down to 2 lbs.- .04 ozs.

    The cylinder ratcheting pawl rubs on the inside of the side plate enough to cause considerable drag. The pawl spring seems to be the culprit, needing to be rebent or replaced. I'll probably order a new spring set and try again.
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    Nice gun, nice report and nice pix. Thanks
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    I did more research and found the Dan Wesson forum to be quite helpful. https://www.danwessonforum.com/forum...ge-joe-method/

    Pictures sure help a lot.

    I'm guessing that a previous owner made an ill attempt to thoroughly clean his revolver, ruining the hand spring in the process. Next time he fired it the trigger got crunchy, so he storaged it for 40+ years.

    I laid the frame over a pic showing a proper spring profile. In comparison, my hand spring is badly crunched. I tried to re-bending it into a proper shape. It'll work, but it's not acceptable.

    Inside the side plate hand channel is a nasty 3/8'' scar/burr cut, most likely caused by an over stretched hook in the hand spring. This spring is designed to ride in a groove cut into the back of the hand. With this gun, mirrored scaring is visible on the back of hand where the hook missed its groove grinding itself into the side plate.

    Second pic is the way everything should look. Until then I need to order a spring set.

    Trigger pull now averages 7 lbs.-10 ozs. in D/A, 2 lbs.- 1 oz. in S/A.
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    Good post, looking forward to a range report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyh View Post
    Good post, looking forward to a range report.
    Might be awhile before I get back to the range...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomax View Post
    Might be awhile before I get back to the range...
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