Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver
Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog

For those of you that actually read my blog, rather than just skim through the pictures, you will have likely read my article from the other day on how I had some trouble with the Dan Wesson 8 Inch Revolver.  Well.  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I refused to assume that the gun was just terrible and then rip it a new one here on the block, after I sent it back of course.  Nope.  I investigated the issue further and determined the issue to be a resolvable one.  For those curious as to what the issue was, I can tell you that it was essentially two fold:

1) The barrel was super dirty and greasy.  So I cleaned it thoroughly, but the BBs were still dropping hard and to the left.

2) The real culprit was the way that the inner barrel and the fitting upon which the plastic orange tip sits were (or rather, were not) lining up with each other, causing a consist off-axis forward spin on the BBs.

I will go into how I resolved the issue in a separate blog that does NOT include permanently removing the federally required orange tip.

For today, I'm going to talk about HOW FREAKIN' ACCURATE THE DAN WESSON 8 INCH REVOLVER IS now that I've resolved the issues aforementioned above.

First, I'd like to show you some gratuitous gun porn, featuring the Heavenly ergonomic grip with the Dan Wesson (DW) emblem set into it.  It's as if Mr. Wesson had my hands in mind when he made this grip and then ActionSportsGames replicated in an Airsoft version.  Seriously.  It's just lovely. 

Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver
Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver
Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
While the grip is actually made of ABS plastic, it has not only the molded aspect which makes it great, but some sort of texturing or treatment process was used to make it feel like freakin' velvet.  Gun grip velvet.  Somebody should manufacturer that and then pay me a royalty.  GO!

Alright, back to the test.  I didn't do a video this time because it's a huge PITA and I usually just get trolled for it on YouTube.  However, I'm probably going to do one anyway because this gun is just THAT good and I think the world needs to know it.

Even before I got this CO2 Airsoft revolver's accuracy issues resolved, I could tell that the gun was shooting a bit hot, so I decided to skip the .20g BBs and grab a couple packages of the heavier stuff which I recently unboxed on video whilst sporting a badass combat Snuggie

Dan Wesson 8 Inch CO2 Airsoft Revolver
Tom Harris for the Pyramyd Airsoft Blog
You can see the different BBs I used for today's accuracy test in the Airsoft photo above.

Listed out, from left to right, we have:
Air Venturi Pro CQBBs - .25g
Madbull Precision BBs - .25g
Aftermath Blaster Devil BBs - .28g
King Arms Platinum Series BBs - .28g

So going back to my outburst above about how freakin' accurate the Dan Wesson revolver is, I could actually tell the difference between the four different types of the BBs I was using.  Here's how the spread went:
@20 yards on a roughly 8.5"x11" steel BB/Pellet trap, sitting on a log, resting my arms on my knees to provide a more stable platform:

The Madbull .25g BBs had an ever-so-slight advantage over the Air Venturi .25g BBs.  I missed one shot, just barely to the left of the target with the Air Venturis, but not enough to call it a flyer.  I may have just tweaked the gun a hair as I pulled the trigger to pull the sights offline.  This is why it's best to do these types of tests in a vice for more assurance in your results. 

The King Arms .28g BBs, which more than likely came from the same factory as the Madbull BBs, had the slight advantage over the Blaster Devil BBs, but again, I'm really splitting hairs here because I actually have that luxury with the Dan Wesson CO2 revolver.

@30 yards is where the differences became a little more pronounced.  The results were the same as the above, just with a few more missed shots from all four brands of BBs.  The best performing BB of all four brands at this range was the King Arms Platinum Series .28g BB.  It was REALLY consistent.  The deviation from left-to-right, with the sights aimed in the center of the target was so small that it was a very safe bet that the King Arms BB was going to find its mark, provided I properly adjusted for elevation.   

The biggest flaw of this revolver is that I've determined it has no actual hop-up.  None.  So once you get about halfway into your 12 gram CO2 powerlet, you're going to start losing range as the pressure goes down and have no hop-up to compensate for that.  After taking the Dan Wesson 8 Inch Airsoft Revolver apart to a small degree, I believe that it may be possible to install an inner barrel with a fixed hop-up.  But I'll have to do some thinking on just how that might be accomplished.  I'll let you know if I figured anything out.

I don't have more than 30 yards to work with in my backyard, so I couldn't test out the maximum effective range with a fully charged CO2 cartridge, but I would guess this thing could easily do another 10 to 20 yards until the CO2 volume starts to decrease.  However, even with the decreased CO2 output, if you adjust your sights for elevation, you can still hit your target quite easily because there's virtually no side-to-side deviation other than what may be caused by the shooter.  

I was able to get, on average, around 120 shots per 12 gram CO2 cartridge.  Mind you, the power behind each shot decreases as more gas is used, but by the time I decided it was time to change each CO2 powerlet, I will still able to hit my target from just beyond 10 yards.  It doesn't even become noticeable until you get closer to that 120 mark, so not a huge issue by any means.  This is how it is in pretty much all the gas guns I have owned simply due to the physics of how gas works.

Anyway.  Great gun.  I just realized that I have not actually gone over the features of the gun, or how to operate it, so expect to see those soon.  That's all for now.
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