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 1

By Dennis Adler

The new ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose has a 2-1/2 inch barrel with full shroud and a single vent in the rib. It uses the same Hogue-style rubber grip design and sights as the 6-inch model 715 and new 4-inch version.

The new ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose has a 2-1/2 inch barrel with full shroud and a single vent in the rib. It uses the same Hogue-style rubber grip design and sights as the 6-inch model 715 and new 4-inch version.

Sam Colt invented the snub nose revolver. Of course, back in 1836 it was a very small caliber pistol (.28 and .31 caliber chamberings) and the 5-shot revolvers were also small enough to fit in the palm of a man’s hand. It wasn’t until the Civil War that the Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Mfg. Co. built its first .36 caliber snub nose model, a limited run of from 25 to 50 Pocket Police versions with 2-inch barrels. Colt’s built another run of 3-1/2 inch barrel length versions (also known as the Pocket Police Trapper Model), which again was limited to about 50 examples. In 1882 the next snub nose Colt, a 2-1/2 inch version of the 1873 Peacemaker, was built as a single example; it took Colt’s until 1888 to begin offering a SAA model with a 3-1/2 inch barrel, famously known today as the Sheriff’s Model. This was the first “official” short barreled production Peacemaker; however, Colt’s had offered barrel lengths of 2-1/2 inches up to 16 inches since 1876. By then, of course, every American armsmaker was selling short barreled revolvers, including Smith & Wesson, without which there would never have been a Dan Wesson Model in the 20th century with a 2-1/2 inch barrel. (The current Dan Wesson Model 715 Pistol Pack comes with a short 4-inch, standard 6-inch and long 8-inch barrel).

The Short Story

The ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 snub nose pellet model comes with a 2-1/2 inch barrel like the original .357 magnum Model 15-2, and later Model 715 series (produced from 2002-2004) which was offered with a four barrel set that included the 2-1/2 inch shrouded barrel. Unfortunately, the new ASG BB and pellet cartridge firing CO2 models do not have interchangeable barrels like the Dan Wesson .357 magnums, and are sold as individual guns in 2-1/2 inch, 4-inch and 6-inch models.

The 2-1/2 inch Model 715 has the larger grip contour used on the 6-inch model. The cylinder latch is now the correct design as used on the .357 magnum Model 715 and all previous Dan Wesson models.

The 2-1/2 inch Model 715 has the same grips used on the 6-inch model. The cylinder latch is the correct design used on the .357 magnum Model 715 and all previous Dan Wesson revolvers.

The 2-1/2 inch Model 715 comes with a speed loader and six pellet-loading cartridges, which seat the pellet at the back of the shell (three are shown loaded) where the primer goes on a real centerfire pistol or rifle cartridge. Extra shells are available in a box of 25.

The 2-1/2 inch Model 715 comes with a speed loader and six pellet-loading cartridges, which seat the pellet at the back of the shell (three are shown loaded) where the primer goes on a real centerfire pistol or rifle cartridge. Extra shells are available in a box of 25.

The new 2-1/2 inch model is based on the same frame, double action/single action trigger and Hogue-style rubber grip design as the 6-inch Model 715 reviewed in Airgun Experience No. 87 and 88. Like that model, the new 2-1/2 inch snub nose has the correct crane-mounted cylinder latch. This design was used by Dan Wesson for added strength, and to work with the pistol’s cylinder design which rotates clockwise (to the right) with each double action trigger pull or by cocking the hammer. Conversely, S&W revolvers rotate their cylinders counter clockwise (with the exception of S&W M&P .38 Bodyguard). Colt revolver cylinders also rotate clockwise, including the new 2017 Colt Cobra.

The bright nickel finish and authentic lines of the new ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 make the gun look as realistic as possible. The rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable.

The bright nickel finish and authentic lines of the new ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 make the gun look as realistic as possible. The rear sight is windage and elevation adjustable.

The ASG Dan Wesson 2-1/2 inch model is offered in a blued smoothbore BB model and nickel pellet model with rifled barrel (pictured). Both have full length barrel shrouds and a single vent in the rib. The pistols have windage and elevation adjustable rear sights and an easily acquired serrated ramped front sight that is dovetailed and pinned.

Although the current Dan Wesson Model 715 is not offered with a standard 2-1/2 inch barrel (the Pistol Pack from Dan Wesson comes with 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch barrels), the design and authentic markings on the 2-1/2 barrel “.357 Magnum” are correct for the gun. Also note the discrete manual safety just above the top of the grips.

Although the current .357 Magnum Dan Wesson Model 715 is not offered with a standard 2-1/2 inch barrel (the Dan Wesson Pistol Pack comes with 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch barrels), the design and authentic markings on the 2-1/2 airgun barrel “.357 Magnum” are correct for the gun. Also note the discrete manual safety just above the top of the grips.

Just to show how realistic the new ASG Dan Wesson models are, this is a picture of the current .357 Magnum Model 715 with the 4-inch barrel.

Just to show how realistic the new ASG Dan Wesson models are, this is a picture of the current .357 Magnum Model 715 with the 4-inch barrel.

 

The 2-1/2 inch model actually looks more like a real Dan Wesson Model 715 than either of the other two, although the new 4-inch model (which will be reviewed next week) has an impressive integral under barrel accessory rail, opening up a whole new world of shooting possibilities for the Model 715 airguns.

Next Tuesday in Part 2 we take the 2-1/2 inch pellet model to the 10 meter line and see what it can deliver.

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.

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

  1. Finally! As soon as I had the 6 inch 715 , I was beating the drum for 2.5 and 4 inch versions . No interchangeable barrels , still cheaper than 2 or three firearms. Curious that they reversed the finish options on the short barrel versions . Would like to see the 4 incher sans rail so it could use holsters I already have . I have the older snub version in bb version as well as 4 inch blue . The715 howevever,sets the standard for replica airgun revolvers ,along with the Webley Mark VI


  2. Well , that didn’t take long! They are listed as in stock , and a 2.5 incher is on the way . One thing I have found ,is that these shells work with HKS medium revolver speed loaders. They are compact and fast . They have been my choice for years . A pair of these in safari land metal clips backed up by a pair of Bianchi speed strips gives you a total of30 rounds when carrying a six shot snubby. Not much that can’t be handled by that. Looking forward to the lead on target part two.


  3. Will be curious to see what velocity you get out of the 2.5 inch barrel m website lists the 2.5 at 340fps and the 4 4 inch tube at 400 fps. Would love to see the manufacturers squeeze another 75-100 fps out of these revolvers for the US market. Would sacrifice some shots since the last 10-15 drop off pretty fast , for less shots and more power. That would greatly increase the shooting distance ,and thin out the soup can herd considerably. Out of the 6 inch barrel 575 to 600 would make for a short range snake and rodent hunter. I saw a video online of a guy killing rattlesnakes with headshots up close with an Umarex 177 pellet revolver. I am not a hunter , but when walking my dog in the woods it could be useful ,and quieter than a 22lr.


  4. I am going to get the 4 inch barrel revolver, but am still undecided about whether to buy the 715 2.5 inch model or the previous Dan Wesson 2.5 inch pellet revolver. I actually like the appearance of the rounded barrel end of the previous Dan Wesson 2.5 inch pellet revolver more than the blocky shape of this 715 2.5 inch barrel. Pyramyd Air customer service told me that the 715 shells will work in the previous Dan Wesson 2.5 inch pellet revolver, but I have been waiting to see if you can confirm this with a working shot test. It might also be interesting to see how well the 715 pellet revolver works using the tip-loaded pellet cartridges.


    • The new 715 is an exact replica of the actual revolver . More importantly they have shortened the valve area behind the cylinder . The older version is not a true replica of a DanWesson , having the cylinder latch of a S&W and looking more like a S&W model 66. I have theCrosman SNR that is the same revolver as the Dan Wesson snub and the 715 shells work perfectly. This revolver and the Dan Wesson should fit most Open Top S&W holsters like the Galcl and Desantis , but not thumb strap models the new snub 725 should. Nice to see something from the SHOT SHOW available now , most won’t be for months. Was going to get a 4 incher but not a rail fan. The 715 grips , in my opinion are more comfortable. Would be nice to see a Colt Python pellet revolver made as realistically and in 2.5 ,4 and 6 inchbarrel versions. I happen to have shot my 6 in h pellet 715 yesderday , deadly accurate


    • Well I’m a snub nose fan, but the 4-inch is a nice looking gun with the under barrel rail for a tactical light and laser combo. I’ll be testing it in that configuration next week. Right now I am using the standard rear-loading pellet cartridges with the 2-1/2 inch test gun. I find them much easier to load and handle than the earlier shells with the threaded pellet bullet. No reason both will not work in this gun.


      • As I think I said before, I want to use the model 715 cartridges in the earlier Dan Wesson 2.5 inch pellet revolver. Even though that earlier revolver is more like a Smith & Wesson rather than a true Dan Wesson replica, I like its appearance more. I just placed the order for the 4 inch Dan Wesson 715. I’ll see how well I like it before I make a final choice of which 2.5 inch revolver to buy.


        • I have already done that. The cartridges are interchangeable. The 715 pellet shells are much easier to load and there is no difference in accuracy that I have found. The other ones look better for sure, but I still prefer the 715 rounds.


      • As another snub fan ,and aColt fan as well , I believe the new reissue Colt Cobra is a perfect candidate for a replica revolver. The oversized grips either Hogue or the optional smaller G10 grips , look large enough to house a 12 gm Co2 cartridge. A Colt licensed Cobra pellet revolver would be s home run.


  5. Am not sure how receptive ASG is to feedback, but on the snub version of the 715 , if they are going to stick with the rubber grips , I would shorten them by a half inch to a boot style grip


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