Re: Dan Wesson V.S. Smith & Wesson
I have owned the small framed version Dan Wesson in both 22 and 357. Both are very accurate guns. The 22 was probably one of the most accurate 22's I ever shot (limited experience but not that limited as I won more than ten 22 pistols). I have also owned a S&W K22 (Model 17) that was a close match but not quite.
I also own a SuperMag DW in 357Maximum. That is one sturdy weapon. It is so accurate that it was the choice of most Silhouette contestants in the 1980's. If you don't know, that is a handgun contest out to 200 yrds (the 200 yard target is a waist high metal ram).
But each DW had been back to the factory at least once for repair. I have four S&W revolvers and only one has been back to the factory and the gun had not actually failed. It just spit lead when shooting cast lead bullets because the forcing cone was cut originally for jacketed bullets. The change in forcing cone angle solved the spitting problem on this 41Mag.
As for soft trigger parts: I do trigger jobs on most all my guns. For either the S&W's or DW nothing more than a change of springs gets the triggers to be better than almost any gun you can name. There is no reason, in my opinion, on either of these brands to touch a stone to any of their trigger parts. Now, this is on the older DW and even the newer S&W's. I know nothing about the latest version DW revolvers. All my DW were purchased in the 1980's and 1990's. My last S&W (an L-frame) is only about 12 years old.
So....... If it is accuracy you want then the old DW's are the ones to have. If it is finesse of design then go for the S&W. But the real answer is to own both brands!