New ASG Dan Wesson 4-inch Model 715 pellet revolver

New ASG Dan Wesson 4-inch Model 715 pellet revolver

An inch and a half more barrel, but what a barrel!

By Dennis Adler

The latest ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 with 4-inch barrel has the same full shroud and vent rib design, plus an under barrel Picatinny accessory rail, a feature not found on the actual .357 magnum models.

The latest ASG Dan Wesson Model 715 with 4-inch barrel has the same full shroud and vent rib design, plus an under barrel accessory rail, a feature not found on the .357 magnum models.

Dan Wesson designed a handgun that made having to choose a barrel length unnecessary because the frame was designed to allow changing barrels, and there were four standard options from 2-1/2 inches to 8-inches. That’s a lot to ask from an airgun that duplicates the entire look of the Dan Wesson Model 715, so to have a 2-1/2 inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch barrel length Dan Wesson air pistol you need to purchase three guns. Considering the price of a .357 Magnum Dan Wesson Pistol Pack, (with three barrels, 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch), the trio of ASG Dan Wesson airguns are still a fraction of the price (about $420 for all three, compared to $1,688 for the Model 715 Pistol Pack).

The current Dan Wesson Model 715 is offered with three barrels in the Pistol Pack, 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch. The ASG models take three guns to equal a pistol pack (with 2-1/2 inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch barrels) but three at a fraction of the price.

The current .357 magnum Dan Wesson Model 715 is offered with three barrels in the Pistol Pack, 4-inch, 6-inch and 8-inch. The ASG models take three guns to equal a pistol pack (with 2-1/2 inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch barrels) but all three at a fraction of the price, which makes the airguns great for training even if you own a Dan Wesson Pistol Pack.

For airgun enthusiasts who demand authenticity in their CO2 models you can’t get any closer in a revolver than the ASG Dan Wesson Model 715, and the new 4-inch version, offered in a blued BB or nickel plated pellet version, even adds something a .357 magnum Dan Wesson doesn’t have, an under barrel accessory rail.

The bright nickel finish superb front and rear sights give this airgun a truly authentic look. If Dan Wesson made a Model 715 with a rail, this is what it would look like.

The bright nickel finish superb front and rear sights give this airgun a truly authentic look. If Dan Wesson made a Model 715 with a rail, this is what it would look like.

The new 4-inch ASG Dan Wesson uses the same Model 715 style frame and crane-mounted cylinder latch as the other two CO2 versions and also looks like it has interchangeable barrels with the correct design barrel bushing around the muzzle. It has the same double action/single action trigger, Hogue-style rubber grip design, and excellent front and rear sights. Both the BB and pellet models have full length vent rib barrel shrouds, so like the other DWs, this one also looks like the real deal.

Sizing it up

What I like about the 4-inch barrel is the weight and balance; it’s the perfect size gun for combining compact barrel length without sacrificing too much accuracy, that extra inch and a half goes a long way. Snub nose revolvers, for all their worth as concealed carry sidearms, do give up a little something downrange. The 4-inch barrel length is a fine compromise.

The 4-inch Model 715 has same large grip contour found on the other two models and provides a solid, hand-filling hold.

The 4-inch Model 715 has the same large grip contour found on the other two models and provides a solid, hand-filling hold.

Testing this newest ASG Dan Wesson model presented me with an opportunity that is seldom found with wheelguns, the capability of adding a tactical light or tactical light/laser combination under the barrel. The majority of revolvers with red lasers have them incorporated into the grips, (like the Crimson Trace Lagergrips used by S&W). Arguably, the rail on a 4-inch CO2 revolver is more a novelty than an asset, but with airguns, looks are almost as important as function, and with the ASG Dan Wesson you get both!

The practical advantage for the under barrel accessory rail on the 4-inch DASG Dan Wesson, is for mounting a tactical light like this quick mount light that can be position adjusted from the down position (pictured) to parallel to the side of the barrel.

The practical advantage for the under barrel accessory rail on the 4-inch ASG Dan Wesson, is for mounting a tactical light like this quick mount light that can be rotated from the down position (pictured) to parallel with the side of the barrel.

Except for the accessory rail and a few markings, the 4-inch Dan Wesson airgun is the spitting image of the .357 magnum.

Except for the accessory rail and a few markings, the 4-inch Dan Wesson airgun is the spitting image of the .357 magnum.

The rail is an asset for practicing indoors with a light or light/laser combination, but it also keeps this gun out of almost every holster made for a 4-inch Dan Wesson or S&W revolver. It does fit nicely into most traditional ballistic nylon rigs that attach to tactical vests.

The rail is an asset for practicing indoors with a light or light/laser combination, but it also keeps this gun out of almost every holster made for a 4-inch Dan Wesson or S&W revolver. It does fit nicely into most traditional ballistic nylon rigs that attach to tactical vests.

The rail is an asset for practicing indoors with a light or light/laser combination, but it also keeps this gun out of almost every holster made for a 4-inch Dan Wesson or S&W revolver. It does fit nicely into most traditional ballistic nylon rigs that attach to tactical vests.

The 4-inch model checked in with a carry weight of 38 ounces (empty), overall length of 9.68 inches and a lighter double action trigger pull than previous models tested, with an average of 9 pounds, 12 ounces. Single action trigger pull also came in lighter with an average of 5 pounds, 9 ounces. This prompted me to shoot the test both DA and SA. I hope this is a portent of better triggers to come from ASG on its Dan Wesson models, if so; this gun raises the bar even further. (If not I’m definitely keeping this one!)

For the test I shot at 10 meters (33 feet) firing offhand using a two-handed hold. The pellet cartridges were loaded with Meisterkugeln Professional Line 7.0 gr. lead wadcutters, which chronographed from the rifled barrel at 393 fps average. The gun is factory rated at 410 fps.

Best 6-shot group from 10 meters fired single action measured 1.74 inches. Overall spread for 12 shots was 2.5 inches with two overlapping pairs at 0.875 inches.

Best 6-shot group from 10 meters fired single action measured 1.74 inches. Overall spread for 12 shots was 2.5 inches with two overlapping pairs at 0.875 inches.

I fired two 6-shot groups single action at the targets and the best total for 12 rounds measured 2.5 inches, with a best six at 1.74 inches. A second target was shot firing double action. The best 6-shot group was fired in rapid succession and measured  2.75 inches with three inside 0.75 inches, making this as good a shooter double action as single action.

Best 6-shot group from 10 meters fired double action measured 2.75 inches with a best three almost connecting at 0.75 inches.

Best 6-shot group from 10 meters fired double action measured 2.75 inches with a best three almost connecting at 0.75 inches.

As a pellet cartridge-firing CO2 revolver, I not only like the authentic look of the new 4-inch ASG Dan Wesson Model 715, I like its weight, balance, and accuracy, and I particularly like the DA/SA trigger on this one. I can’t promise every 4-inch Dan Wesson will have a trigger this good, but if they do, you really want to add this airgun to your collection. Yep,  I’m definitely keeping it.

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.

20 thoughts on “New ASG Dan Wesson 4-inch Model 715 pellet revolver

  1. The 2.5 incher I just received has trigger pulls more in line with this revolver , and lighter than my 6 inch version . Normally after a review like this , I would order one . This time I will wait a little while . If this one got into leather holsters I already owned it would be a done deal. Not a fan of rails in general and not for revolvers at all . That being said there are those who like them . My suggestions are to modify the existing revolver to have a rail that screws in if desired . Since they are already committed to this revolver that will probably not happen . Plan B would be to offer a second revolver with the steel gray finish sans rail , in the pellet version. I was expecting that finish , and was surprised the pellet version came out in silver .Umarex should counter with similar revolvers in pellet firing Python and S&W revolvers.


    • I think this is going to be the standard trigger resistance average for the current run of ASG 2-1/2 and 4-inch models. You can actually shoot this one pretty well DA. It’s a good 3 pounds lighter than the 6-inch Model 715 DA trigger pull.



      • That seems to be what is happening . The 4 incher arrived today , and the trigger pull in da and sa feels lighter than the 2.5 barrel version, and both are lighter than the 6 incher . Put some red paint on the front sight , like the others and will put it in target tomorrow. This one balances well and feels like a bank vault door . Nice!


  2. The other thing I would like to see is increased fps . The Meister pellets are on the light side at 7 grains if you go up to Crosman at 7.4 and then into the 8 grains and up weights , you will probably drop down to low to mid 300 fps range. Nothing special . Would be nice to see a realistic heavy frame revolver like this replica of a 357 , get magnum velocity, like 450 – 490 fps. Would be the icing on the cake.


  3. I agree with you Dennis that this Dan Wesson 715 4″ pellet revolver is one to keep. The polished nickel finish looks great. The rubber grips are more “grippy” than the ones on the original ASG Dan Wesson revolvers. When I hold both my Dan Wesson 6″ BB revolver and this Dan Wesson 715 4″ inch revolver, I can feel a significant weight difference. The 6″ is definitely barrel heavy versus the balanced weight of the 4″ 715. I particularly like the grip consisting of two pieces so that only one half of the grip needs to be removed to load the CO2. At first glance, the CO2 wrench on the inside of the grip seems like a good idea, but I actually found it a bit awkward to use. The wrench hinge is very loose and wants to flex as the CO2 screw is being tightened. I think it would be better if there were a way to lock the wrench in the vertical position while tightening the CO2 screw.

    The front and rear sights are good, especially with the rear sight being adjustable for both elevation and windage. With the sights being all black, I had some trouble with my focus and aim at 10 meters distance. I put some white sticky paper on them to make them easier to see against the black portions of the paper targets.

    The front rail is a nice option for those who want to put lights or lasers on the revolver. With nothing mounted on the rail, this DW 715 4″ fits very well into the UTG Deluxe Holster (LEPVC-H270B [PY-A-637]). However, as you pointed out, mounted accessories prevent the revolver from fitting into most holsters. Even with a small laser like the Swiss Arms Micro Laser Sight (CG263877 [PY-A-5359]), the DW 715 4″ will not fit as deeply into the UTG Deluxe Holster.

    I really like the single action trigger. Once the hammer is cocked, there is essentially no trigger travel before the break point. I found the single action trigger to be very light and instantaneous. I don’t like the double action trigger as much, but considering the extra work the double action trigger has to do, it naturally takes more effort to shoot in double action. Maybe it will become smoother with more use.

    I initially sighted in at about 18 feet using single action from a bench rested position. I usually get my best results when shooting bench rested. At 18 feet, I had one single action 6 shot group at about 1″ center-to-center. Moving back to 10 meters and shooting single action bench rested, I had a couple of 2″ 6 shot groups and one 6 shot group of 1 1/16″. Unfortunately my 10 meter bench rested double action 6 shot group opened up to 3 11/16″. Shooting standing off hand at 10 meters produced 6 shot groups of 3 1/8″ inch single action and 4″ double action. Most of my trouble at 10 meters was not holding a consistent aim either because of trouble seeing the sights against the black target or being unsteady shooting off hand.

    My total shot count on one Crosman CO2 was 90, but the last 6 were so weak in power that they were bouncing off the paper target instead of punching through. My recommendation is to stop at 80 shots.



    • probably not just the last six ,but more like the last 10 or 12 shots start getting weak so shot totals are usually mistakenly high. You will first notice a few striking low, than , if you are using a card board backstop they will start striking low ,sounding different ,and as you noticed lacking enough power to penetrate and start bouncing back. A dual mode switch for target and a high for say cans , would be one way to go./ I had a Crosman model 600 revalved and it picked up over 50fps. Co2 is still pretty cheap, so could certainly live with say 40 good shots at 450 plus fps. I think that these replica handguns could be serious rivals to 22lr in accuracy and even power at close range, the 22lr having the advantage for outdoor and longer ranges. For backyard and basement ranges , the airguns will see more use ,and that is a big advantage


    • Yes it is a pretty accurate air pistol at 10 meters firing single action. Word from ASG is that this is likely to be the trigger you will find in nearly all the 2-1/2 and 4-inch guns. As for shooting, you’re getting decent groups offhand at 10 meters. I found the same issue with the hex head tool inside the grip but if you hold the grip at a tight angle the tool stays pretty upright, but yes it can easuly begin to fold in on you. Could use a snap detent when raised. I actually wrapped up at 12 reloads (72 shots) since I don’t like to run the CO2 all the way down on test targets. I think 80 rounds is probably pushing right to the end on this airgun. Glad you like the ASG Model 715, they have done a really good job with these latest models.


      • Yes, I do like this Dan Wesson 715 4″. Although it’s accurate enough without a rail mounted laser, I may want to mount the Swiss Arms Micro Laser Sight like I’ve done with several other of my air pistols. The only problem, as I mentioned before, is the revolver will no longer fit well in that UTG Deluxe Holster or most other standard size belt holsters. I’ve been looking on occasion for larger size, non-specific, belts holsters that could hold various pistols with rail mounted lasers, but haven’t yet found anything I like.


        • It’s a bit of an oddity because the rail doesn’t come far enough back to use lasers that have trigger finger activated switches, like the Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro, or even small lasers like the LaserMax Spartan. They work but look odd. The Swiss Arms, UTG and Walther light/laser combos are a pretty good fit for the under barrel rail on the DW 715, but you are absolutely right, there’s nothing I can find that combo will holster in. That’s going to take some research.


  4. All that is missing now is for a 3 inch D frame Colt or K frame S&W to appear in a replica airgun . Perfect balance , sight radius , full length ejector rod , and balances well on the belt in a flat pancake holster . Favorites are round butt 3inch S&W model 10 or 65 . The perfect balance of size and weight is a 3 inch Colt late model D frame , or one that I fortunately snagged, a 3inch DS2 . Hopefully the new Colt Cobra will appear in 3 and 4 inch versions . Replica airguns of any or all would be superb.



  5. looking at Tom’s review, he must have gotten a defective revolver, defective rear sight and groups nowhere near what you and I got with our revolvers. My da groups are tighter than his sa groups. I got good groups with the bulk Crosman 7.4 gr wadcutters ,did not even try the usually better meistekugen pellets



      • Tom is good with the Macgyver stuff .So who will be offering an M4 and will it use a mag like the Sig or a rotary mag? How about a 100 round pellet Gatling gun for western tactical types?



  6. If you can find one , a Roy Baker Pancake holster for aColt Pythonfits the4 inch Dan Wesson. I don’t have one but Strong Leather makes a similarholster that also may fit the Dan Wesson


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