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USA S&W Model 1917 .45 ACP Revolver (165479)

Availability: In stock

$2,450.00

Quick Overview

This S&W Model 1917 revolver is in outstanding condition and appears never to have seen use. There are a very few minor marks to the blued finish caused by storage. These pistols are extremely uncommon and examples in this condition are very rarely seen.

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Although several US companies were producing Model 1911 pistols under contract for the US Army during the FIrst World War, there remained a shortage of pistols. To cover this shortage, Smith & Wesson and Colt were asked to adapt their heavy-frame civilian revolvers to the standard .45 ACP pistol cartridge.

The Smith & Wesson Model 1917 was essentially an adaptation of that company's Second Model .44 Hand Ejector, chambered instead for .45 ACP, employing a shortened cylinder allowing for use of half-moon clips, and a lanyard ring on the butt of the frame.

The S&W Model 1917 is distinguishable from the Colt Model 1917 in that the S&W cylinder had a shoulder machined into it to permit rimless .45 ACP cartridges to headspace on the case mouth (as with automatic pistols). The S&W Model 1917 could therefore be used without the half-moon clips, although empty cases would have to be manually removed through the cylinder face, since the extractor star cannot engage the rimless cases.

This S&W Model 1917 revolver is in outstanding condition and appears never to have seen use. There are a very few minor marks to the blued finish caused by storage. These pistols are extremely uncommon and examples in this condition are very rarely seen.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Manufacturer Smith & Wesson
Overall Length 270mm 10.8"
Barrel Length 140mm 5.5"
Weight 1 Kg 2 lb 4 oz
Cartridge .45 ACP
Cylinder Capacity 6
Made In USA