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Old March 18, 2018, 10:16 AM   #1
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In 1981 my house was broken into, after catching the guy, we recovered all but three of my handguns.

One that wasn't recovered was my Smith Model 1917 Revolver, in 45 ACP.

Ever since then I've been searching for a replacement in as good or better condition. Lost many at the last second on Gun Brokers, passed on some junk at gun shows,

Finally, I found it at our local gun show. A bit steep, but I've offered more on Gunbrokers.

Plus it's in much better shape than the one I lost.

I'm a happy camper now. Knew there was a reason I hung onto the half moon clips.

Kraig Stuart
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Old March 18, 2018, 10:55 AM   #2
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It's really fine that you finally found a replacement.
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Old March 18, 2018, 08:26 PM   #3
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Very fond of those pistols, many years ago I sold one that was pristine.
Still grieve Lol
It did have the US property ground off
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Old March 22, 2018, 09:14 AM   #4
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And now I can learn to shoot that revolver.

Found a reprint of Fm 23-36, The field manuel for the Model 1917 Colt and S&W revolvers

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Old March 22, 2018, 09:30 AM   #5
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Congrats, I would love to run across a nice one. I may have its Grandson:
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Old March 22, 2018, 10:00 AM   #6
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I am very happy you were able to replace it. Fascinating and fantastic firearm.

I have one from my grandfather and wont ever let it go. I took it to a gun show just to see what people would appraise it at with my grandpa and I couldn't beat people away with a stick trying to buy it from me. Unfortunately it doesnt have the original grips but everyone said it's condition was around 90%. Great shooter too.
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Old March 22, 2018, 06:13 PM   #7
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Nice. I traded a Hakim for a Colt 1917 a couple years back. Mine isnt in as nice of shape. What age is yours? Does it have a flamming bomb?
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Old March 23, 2018, 08:18 AM   #8
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I have an original manual in my book case downstairs, as well as a manual for the thompson.
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Old March 23, 2018, 06:19 PM   #9
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Awesome !
One of these was the very first 45 acp's I ever shot. 1965 My best friends daddy had one with a case of WWII surplus 45 ammo. We would take the 1917 and fill our pockets with ammo and go to the dump and shoot at "stuff" . We didn't know about them 1/2 moon clips , we just brought a #2 pencil with us to poke out the empties.
Thanks for posting the photo's , it brings back a lot of good memories.
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Old March 26, 2018, 02:09 PM   #10
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Congratulations on the 1917. I like the Colt but admit the S&W is far easier to work on and yours is a beauty. I love those lanyard loops too and when I worked on a WW II Victory model, milled out the plug on the grip so as to install a replacement lanyard on it.
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