ASG Dan Wesson 2-1/2 inch Model 715

New ASG Dan Wesson 2-1/2 inch Model 715 snub nose pellet revolver

Short and to the point Part 2

By Dennis Adler

This holster normally holds an S&W Model 325 PD-Airlite .45 ACP snub nose revolver but is a perfect fit for the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose. The grips on the Dan Wesson are actually very close in size to those on the S&W.

This holster normally holds an S&W Model 325 PD-Airlite .45 ACP snub nose revolver but is a perfect fit for the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose. The grips on the Dan Wesson are actually very close in size to those on the S&W.

It’s no secret that I have a preference for snub nose revolvers regardless of caliber, and the new ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose is remarkably authentic in its design and handling. The 4.5mm (.177) caliber model has the heft and feel of a real .357 Magnum, and it fits the appropriate holsters, including an old pancake-style belt rig I have had for more than 20 years. It was designed for large frame S&W models and is a perfect fit for the Dan Wesson CO2 pistol, as well. A good design never goes out of style.

Authentic styling is also functional styling. The crane-mounted cylinder latch is very easy to operate. Each ASG Dan Wesson model also has its own serial number.

Authentic styling is also functional styling. The crane-mounted cylinder latch is very easy to operate. Each ASG Dan Wesson model also has its own serial number.

Testing the new 2-1/2 inch Model 715 airgun (the internal rifled barrel length is actually 2.2 inches) presents an ideal opportunity to discuss the practicality of concealed carry with a large frame revolver in a pancake-style holster. This popular holster design keeps the gun close to the body for concealment with a jacket or even a heavy sweatshirt, as shown. The ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 is about as close to getting a feel for carrying a large frame .357 magnum snub nose revolver as you can get.

The manual safety shows most from the right side but the airgun has really clean, uncluttered lines, and .357 Magnum engraved on the side of the barrel.

The manual safety shows most from the right side but the airgun has really clean, uncluttered lines, and .357 Magnum engraved on the side of the barrel.

If you have never carried a large frame snub nose revolver, I recommend the airgun first to see if the size and weight of the pistol are suitable for concealed carry use before investing in an S&W or other medium to large frame pistol. It also allows accurate practice drawing from concealment using the same holster as a comparably-sized cartridge-firing gun, and last, being able to present and fire the gun at a target with consistent, accurate hits reinforces skill training. The only components absent are noise and recoil, which is substantial even with a large frame revolver.

The ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 has excellent windage and elevation adjustable rear sights and a tall, serrated front sight that is dovetailed and pinned. Note the small safety lever at the base of the hammer. The safety indicator (red dot and white dot) are on the right side of the frame.

The ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 has excellent windage and elevation adjustable rear sights and a tall, serrated front sight that is dovetailed and pinned. Note the small safety lever at the base of the hammer. The safety indicator (red dot and white dot) are on the right side of the frame.

Handling and operation of the CO2 model

The ASG Dan Wesson is an excellent surrogate for a large caliber, medium to large frame snub nose revolver. It has a carry weight of 2 pounds, 3 ounces (empty), overall length of 8.3 inches and a hefty double action trigger pull of 12.5 pounds. Single action, for a more accurate shot on target (especially fired one-handed), is about half that, a modest 5 pounds, 15 ounces average. This is an excellent airgun to use for CCW training and drawing from concealment. Covering a large frame revolver will challenge you. The Dan Wesson uses the same Hogue-style rubber combat grip on all three models, which is a little oversized for a snub nose revolver, but having said that I prefer a larger grip for better control. Even my .38 Special S&W Model 49 Bodyguard wears oversized finger grooved combat grips. So I’m right at home with the grips on the airgun. On the downside, they make the revolver a little more difficult to conceal, since the grips will print if you lean over and stretch your cover garment over the pistol. This even happened when I wore the heavy hooded sweatshirt. You can minimize this by moving the gun a little further forward around the waist. (I like wearing a concealment holster at the 4 o’clock position; but it is easier to block the grips from printing when worn at the 3 o’clock position).

Using a heavy sweatshirt as a cover garment, the author uses the offside hand to raise the shirt and allow a clean draw from concealment…

Using a heavy sweatshirt as a cover garment, the author uses the offside hand to raise the shirt and allow a clean draw from concealment…

…The shirt must be held securely to avoid blocking the gun as it is withdrawn from the holster…

…the shirt must be held securely to avoid blocking the gun as it is withdrawn from the holster…

Once drawn and clear of the cover, the offside hand is immediately brought around to form a solid two-handed grip. As the gun is brought into firing position, note that the trigger finger rests on the side of the frame.

…once drawn and clear of the cover, the offside hand is immediately brought around to form a solid two-handed grip. As the gun is brought into firing position, note that the trigger finger rests on the side of the frame.

The author fired all of the initial tests single action by cocking the hammer as the pistol is presented. The gun is ready to fire on target.

The author fired all of the initial tests single action by cocking the hammer as the pistol is presented. The gun is ready to fire on target.

Loading the Dan Wesson is identical to the real Model 715 with a downward pull on the crane-mounted cylinder latch and a press of the cylinder from the opposite side. The pellet loading cartridges can either be dumped for a quick reload with the 6-round speed loader, or you can reload them individually while still in the cylinder, since the 4.5mm pellets are pressed into the back of each cartridge. For target shooting you can simply dump the cylinder into your support hand, (placing the spent shells in a pocket rather than dropping them on the ground). In a real world training exercise one would normally dump the empty shells on the ground to speed up the process and go right for the speed loader, and you can do that as well, just make sure you can find the shells again. This is more than policing your brass, just like real shells, these pellet cartridges are meant to be reusable. The cost for a box of 25 is about $40.

Reloading the ASG Dan Wesson is identical to the actual .357 Magnum model, using the crane-mounted cylinder latch. A downward pull on the latch with the support hand thumb, is timed with the strong hand index finger pressing the cylinder from the right side.

Reloading the ASG Dan Wesson is identical to the actual .357 Magnum model, using the crane-mounted cylinder latch. A downward pull on the latch with the support hand thumb, is timed with the strong hand index finger pressing the cylinder from the right side.

For target shooting a cylinder dump into the support hand is recommend over dropping the spent cases to the ground.

For target shooting a cylinder dump into the support hand is recommend over dropping the spent cases to the ground.

For the shooting test I used the latest ASG Dan Wesson pellet cartridges. Six come with the gun along with a speed loader. This newer pellet cartridge design loads from the rear as previously noted, whereas earlier Dan Wesson pellet models use a two-piece pellet round with the pellet loading inside a threaded bullet screwed to the cartridge. These look more realistic, but are far more time consuming to reload.

The speed loader feeds the six cartridges into the cylinder. Once in, pressing the knob with the thumb will push the speed loader forward activating the release of all six rounds.

The speed loader feeds the six cartridges into the cylinder. Once in, pressing the knob with the thumb will push the speed loader forward activating the release of all six rounds.

I fired two different brands of pellets for the 2-1/2 inch model’s 10 meter range test, Meisterkugeln Professional Line 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters and Sig Sauer Match Ballistic 5.25 gr. alloy wadcutters. The lighter weight Sig Sauer alloy pellets left the rifled barrel at 389 fps average. The Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters cleared the chronograph at an average of 337 fps. This pistol is factory rated at 344 fps, so the Sig alloy pellets really added some serious velocity.

The airgun looks as close to the real .357 Magnum as possible. It also fits almost every large frame snub nose holster made for an S&W (or original Dan Wesson Model 715 with the 2-1/2 inch barrel) The long grips are great in the hand but a little harder to cover for concealed carry.

The airgun looks as close to the real .357 Magnum as possible. It also fits almost every large frame snub nose holster made for an S&W (or original Dan Wesson Model 715 with the 2-1/2 inch barrel) The long grips are great in the hand but a little harder to cover for concealed carry.

All tests were done firing single action (although I also did some double action shooting, noted separately), using a Weaver stance and two-handed hold. The sights are excellent and the oversized grips really keep this pistol locked in your hand and on target. The higher velocity alloy wadcutters delivered a best six shots with four overlapping and two to the left of the pattern for a spread of 1.25 inches and a total 12 shot group measuring 2.98 inches. Would have been less but I dumped a flyer high in the 8 ring on my best target. I took the four overlapping fired offhand at 10 meters and called it a day on the Sig Sauer wadcutters.

Tight groups with a 2.2 inch (internal length) rifled barrel from 10 meters (33 feet) fired offhand are hard but four in one tight cluster (9 ring at 3 o’clock) makes this a pretty accurate snub nose CO2 pistol with the lightweight Sig Sauer alloy wadcutters.

Tight groups with a 2.2 inch (internal length) rifled barrel from 10 meters (33 feet) fired offhand are hard but four in one tight cluster (9 ring at 3 o’clock) makes this a pretty accurate snub nose CO2 pistol with the lightweight Sig Sauer alloy wadcutters.

Best six shot group with the Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. wadcutters measured 1.75 inches all in the 10 and bull’s eye with one double in the 10 at 3 o’clock.

Best six shot group with the Meisterkugeln 7.0 gr. wadcutters measured 1.75 inches all in the 10 and bull’s eye with one double in the 10 at 3 o’clock.

The Meisterkugeln Professional Line grouped 12 rounds at 2.75 inches with a best six measuring 1.75 inches in the 10 and X rings, including one double hit in the 10 ring just to the right of the bull’s eye; again a nice showing for a snub nose at that range.

At 10 meters with a 2-1/2 inch barrel, I can’t fault this pistol on any level (other than the double action trigger which is not designed to stage the hammer). Fired single action, trigger pull is solid, with 0.375 inches of travel to a crisp break. Even double action the pistol can still put 12 shots under 4 inches.

If you want consistently tight groups at 10 meters with a snub nose wheelgun, you can’t beat the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 for its sights, accuracy, handling, and authentic DW styling, right down to the .357 Magnum engraved on the barrel. This just became my favorite snub nose CO2 revolver, and it’ll be yours too.

A word about safety

Double Action/ Single Action airguns provide the look, feel and operation of their cartridge-firing counterparts. Most airguns, in general, look like cartrrige guns, this Dan Wesson Model 715 even more so, and it is important to remember that the vast majority of people can’t tell an airgun from a cartridge gun. Never brandish an airgun in public. Always, and I can never stress this enough, always treat an airgun as you would a cartridge gun. The same manual of operation and safety should always apply.

8 thoughts on “ASG Dan Wesson 2-1/2 inch Model 715

  1. I should have my Dan Wesson 2.5 incher in a couple of days. It appears the only two things to be improved are the da trigger ,and optional smaller grips. I started out liking oversize grips , but over time went back to sevice type grips and a tyler t grip for most carry revolvers. My favorite 357 snub is the Colt Lawman Mark 3 2 1/4 inch barrel revolver. It fits into holsters for the Colt Python 2 1/2 barrel and the S&W 19 , so will see if the Dan Wesson fits those. Except for rare occasions, I went back to the Colt D frame 2 inch guns for ccw. The reason is that I have found the 357 is really a 38 plus p out of short tubes using most ammo. the Winchester 357 silvertip 145 was the fastest at around 1080 fps, otherwise Buffalo Bore plus p lhp 38 out of a 2 inch Colt hit 1050. In 357 the Buffalo Bore loads shine, but most other commercial 357 out of short barrels don’t. Still the large frame ,short 357 has utility in the field, and with hot 38 loads is a pussy cat to shoot. The Dan Wesson short barrel is the best available to use right now as an understudy , and is just a great looking replica with excellent accuracy. Would like to see other replica 357s done like this.




      • The ones I could see are a snub Python , Diamondback, S&W 686, 19/66, N frame model 27, 3 1/2 barrel. Not snubs ,but two of my favorites S&W 1917, and 625 Mountain Revolver. Classic snubbies would be a 2 inch Colt Official Police, old model Detective Special and S&W model 10, to start. We can dream


        • Do you dream in colors or in calibers? I like them all but grip and backstrap size is going to be the limiting factor for a couple of those. A Python snub nore or a Diamondback would my first choice. The old style Detective Special is just too small of a grip frame for a CO2 fit, but the new Colt Cobra would be big enough (or later model Detective Special with the rubber grips). A lot has to go inside the grip frame to make these airguns work. Good dreams though!


  2. Nice shooting. A myth is that snub revolvers are not accurate. They may not be accurate in some hands, but a shooter familiar with one can shoot them as accurately as a longer barreled revolver ,as your targets show. The flat pancake holster is the best invention in leather. I never did like , nor do I now like IWB holsters. I still have a 34-35 inch waist ,no love handles , but they are as uncomfortable as when I had a 32-33 inch waist . Limits mobility , kills my back and digs into my leg when seated. As a martial arts guy , I found they limited movement and kicking options. With a short barrel revolver the need for an IWB holster fades. A jacket, untucked shirt or sweatshirt hides a decent size revolver and gives good access. I still prefer the action type, power, and flexibility in power of loads of a revolver for most shooting. Nice replica air gun. That is a replica in the photos?


  3. Found a package waiting for me today ,and inside was the Dan Wesson 715, 2.5 incher, very nice. Incredible rendition of the actual firearm. The action is about the same as my 6 inch version ,maybe even a little lighter. I had two holsters handy, one that fits a S&W 2.5 inch model 19 ,and another a mint condition Roy Baker basket weave holster for a Colt Python 2.5 barrel, that usually houses a Colt Lawman 357. The S&W holster was a no go due to the barrel of the Dan Wesson, but the Roy Baker pancake holster fit like a glove. I generally don’t like a thumb snap holster , but I have a few of the Roy Baker holsters for utility , and nostalgia. They were about the first Pancake style holsters mass produced in the 70s. The other thing I noticed , was that the internal pellet barrel comes closer to the end of the barrel than that on the 6 inch version . That gives the shorter barrel revolver more of a rimfire look than a 357 appearance if one is looking at the barrel. I generally try to avoid that view of a revolver so not a big deal. Hopefully this week I will throw some lead out of the new snub version, but on appearance and finish, two thumbs up.


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