It's kind of like a 3" S&W M13 on steroids...

It's kind of like a 3" S&W M13 on steroids...

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    It's kind of like a 3" S&W M13 on steroids...

    I picked this up today. It's a 5 screw S&W M1917 that has been chopped from 5" down to 3". It shoots 45 ACP from moon clips like in the picture.

    At ~$450 shipped it has to be one of the most satisfying purchases I've made in many years. This one is most definitely going into the carry rotation after I ops test it next Friday.

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    Very nice!
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    That's a sharp M1917.

    The one I have is my grandfather's WW1 sidearm, so I won't mod it for sentimental reasons.

    I do like the configuration of yours, though.
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    Oh man, I would love to have that meownself!
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    I bet the lockwork is superb. My 50s vintage are so much more precise than my newer ones. It will make your 629 feel gaudy and fat.
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    Beautiful revolver! As we say in Texas, you done good.
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    Very, very nice...!!! The .45ACP N-frames have always been favorites of mine. Congrats on your find.
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    I wouldíve jumped all over that...

    Nice!
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    That is one fantastic wheelgun!
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    Wow, that's fantastic. Is it the factory barrel, cut down?
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    Wow. I want one of those!

    I see a Model 1917 S&W every one in a while in local shops, usually priced more than I want to give, and have never seen one modified in a beneficial way, as yours obviously is. Nice.

    Congrats!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drmordo View Post
    I picked this up today. It's a 5 screw S&W M1917 that has been chopped from 5" down to 3". It shoots 45 ACP from moon clips like in the picture.

    At ~$450 shipped it has to be one of the most satisfying purchases I've made in many years. This one is most definitely going into the carry rotation after I ops test it next Friday.

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    You are a lucky dog! Great find at a great price.....waiting for the range report!
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    Oh man!

    You can't do that!

    It's a hundred years old!

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    Yeah boy!

    That'll do right there. Six rounds of reliable revolver .45 caliber heavy lead goodness in a tote-able package. OOOooo... I'm so envious! This is one of those: "Why haven't I thought of that moments to look in on your thread. I've long wished for one of those 3-inch Smith & Wesson Lew Horton .44 Speicals or else a 3-inch Smith & Wesson Model 625 Model of 1989, yet didn't want to turn loose of the green it takes to acquire one. Have seen and poo poo'ed and turned up my nose over about a jillion cut down Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP revolvers as ruined collectibles at gun shows and on GunBroker and never thought of making one of them my own for some most excellent big-bore N-Frame Smith & Wesson personal protection.

    That one's done up just right too with the N-Frame walnut checkered Magnas with the T-Grip. Umm ... Umm ... !!! Good lookin' Baughman ramp front sight that looks to be the right height for .45 ACP point-of-impact on target at handgun ranges. That pre-war action will cycle so smoothly and slick. N-Frame double-action is where it's at for it's so easy to make hits that it seems the big revolvers just shoot themselves and all one has to do is hang on.

    You need to pinch yourself on that acquisition for it's almost too good to be true.

    Please provide some shooting impressions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxwell97 View Post
    Wow, that's fantastic. Is it the factory barrel, cut down?
    It looks to me like it's a factory barrel cut down, and then a aftermarket front sight mounted on it. The work is beautiful to my eyes, but the gun has been abused since the work was done so has some still pretty minor finish issues.

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    Oh man!

    You can't do that!

    It's a hundred years old!

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    Yeah boy!

    That'll do right there. Six rounds of reliable revolver .45 caliber heavy lead goodness in a tote-able package. OOOooo... I'm so envious! This is one of those: "Why haven't I thought of that moments to look in on your thread. I've long wished for one of those 3-inch Smith & Wesson Lew Horton .44 Speicals or else a 3-inch Smith & Wesson Model 625 Model of 1989, yet didn't want to turn loose of the green it takes to acquire one. Have seen and poo poo'ed and turned up my nose over about a jillion cut down Smith & Wesson Model 1917 .45 ACP revolvers as ruined collectibles at gun shows and on GunBroker and never thought of making one of them my own for some most excellent big-bore N-Frame Smith & Wesson personal protection.

    That one's done up just right too with the N-Frame walnut checkered Magnas with the T-Grip. Umm ... Umm ... !!! Good lookin' Baughman ramp front sight that looks to be the right height for .45 ACP point-of-impact on target at handgun ranges. That pre-war action will cycle so smoothly and slick. N-Frame double-action is where it's at for it's so easy to make hits that it seems the big revolvers just shoot themselves and all one has to do is hang on.

    You need to pinch yourself on that acquisition for it's almost too good to be true.

    Please provide some shooting impressions.
    As you know, I hang out on http://smith-wessonforum.com, and guys occasionally post revolvers that were modded back when gunsmiths knew how to work on revolvers instead of only knowing how to cerakote a Glock. To me, these guns are fascinating because they show off the artistry of the gunsmith on the canvas that S&W provided. They are almost like a form of Folk Art, though I hesitate to use that expression because IMO "Folk Art" is a marketing term usually used to sell glued together junk to rubes. I've dreamed about getting one of those hot-rodded guns for a while, and when this one showed up on a site I follow, I couldn't resist. I've seen much nicer ones by notable smiths, but this one was cheap and I'd honestly been thinking about having a beat-up Brazilian M1917 I own cut down anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmordo View Post
    It looks to me like it's a factory barrel cut down, and then a aftermarket front sight mounted on it. The work is beautiful to my eyes, but the gun has been abused since the work was done so has some still pretty minor finish issues.



    As you know, I hang out on http://smith-wessonforum.com, and guys occasionally post revolvers that were modded back when gunsmiths knew how to work on revolvers instead of only knowing how to cerakote a Glock. To me, these guns are fascinating because they show off the artistry of the gunsmith on the canvas that S&W provided. They are almost like a form of Folk Art, though I hesitate to use that expression because IMO "Folk Art" is a marketing term usually used to sell glued together junk to rubes. I've dreamed about getting one of those hot-rodded guns for a while, and when this one showed up on a site I follow, I couldn't resist. I've seen much nicer ones by notable smiths, but this one was cheap and I'd honestly been thinking about having a beat-up Brazilian M1917 I own cut down anyway.
    Huh.

    Iíve got a beat-up old Brazilian in the back of the safe...

    Then again, I also have a 325 Night Guard...

    But then again, Iím not in that Brazilian for very much...

    Hmm...
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