My new gat!

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 5 weeks ago

Purchased this S&W 1917 about 6 months ago in the condition you see below for $175.00. As I do nearly everything gunsmithing wise, I went over the revolver and prepared a list of what I needed to do to make it shootable and presentable. One thing I don't do is refinishing, I leave that all to Bob Cogan at Accurate Plating in Alabama. Bob has been doing my refinishing work since about 1980. I had him cerakote with a combination of finishes that looks like a dark blue matte. He removed as much rust as possible and did a good job of making it presentable. He hard chromed the extractor for durability and to keep the fit tight. 

Once back I fitted a new oversized hand and cylinder stop to make it lock-up tight as a bank vault. Then a little smoothing here and there created a nice 7.5 pound double action pull and a crisp 3 lb. single action let-off. I replaced the grips with some old stock Jat Scott faux ivory ones. I have a t-grip on the way. 

Previous to me when someone chopped the barrel to 3.5 inches, they also added a dovetail front sight. I plan on fitting a new fiber optic green sight that will aid my aging eyes. 

I have 1000 new Starline .45 AR cases waiting on some loads, no moon clips for me. 








David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
-Services: Wars Fought, Uprisings Quelled, Bars Emptied, Revolutions Started, Tigers Tamed, Assassinations Plotted, Women Seduced, Governments Run, Gun Appraisals, Lost Treasure Found.
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Urny posted this 4 weeks ago

That is quite a transformation! We have a couple of 1955 4" Cobras that could use some cosmetic help. Neither is collector grade, just holster guns carried around our Ozark acreage on our daily futzing about. Mr. Cogan will hear from me after the family reunion.

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JeffinNZ posted this 4 weeks ago

WOW!

Cheers from New Zealand

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Aaron posted this 4 weeks ago

That is an amazing transformation! I'll give ya $200 for it. cool

 

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Ed Harris posted this 4 weeks ago

Nicely done. Did you ever find a replacement cylinder, or are you usinf the original one? Pitting looked pretty deep.

73 de KE4SKY In Home Mix We Trust From the Home of Ed's Red in "Almost Heaven" West Virginia

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 4 weeks ago

I actually found two original cylinders in pretty good condition, one a complete assembly with the yoke. The one on the gun was just too pitted. So much of it had to be removed that it eliminated the cylinder stop leads on three chambers. 

David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
-Services: Wars Fought, Uprisings Quelled, Bars Emptied, Revolutions Started, Tigers Tamed, Assassinations Plotted, Women Seduced, Governments Run, Gun Appraisals, Lost Treasure Found.
- Also deal in: Land, Banjos, Nails, Firearms, Manure, Fly Swatters, Used Cars, Whisky, Racing Forms, Rare Antiquities, Lead, Used Keyboard Keys, Good Dogs, Pith Helmets & Zulu Headdresses. .

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Pentz posted this 4 weeks ago

Fitz that puppy!

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blackout52 posted this 4 weeks ago

What an amazing transformation!!!

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Glenn R. Latham posted this 4 weeks ago

Looks downright presentable now!!  Nice work.  What do the cylinder throats measure?

Glenn

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David Reiss CBA Membership Director posted this 4 weeks ago

Glenn,

Five at .454" and one a little tighter at .453". 

David Reiss - NRA Life Member & PSC Range Member Retired Police Firearms Instructor/Armorer
-Services: Wars Fought, Uprisings Quelled, Bars Emptied, Revolutions Started, Tigers Tamed, Assassinations Plotted, Women Seduced, Governments Run, Gun Appraisals, Lost Treasure Found.
- Also deal in: Land, Banjos, Nails, Firearms, Manure, Fly Swatters, Used Cars, Whisky, Racing Forms, Rare Antiquities, Lead, Used Keyboard Keys, Good Dogs, Pith Helmets & Zulu Headdresses. .

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Qc Pistolero posted this 4 weeks ago

Just beautiful.The only thing I'd consider is to put a brass bead on that front sight instead of an optic fiber(like Elmer would have done).But that's just my 2 cents and I'd sure be a proud owner if I'd have one like that....even with the fiber sight!

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giorgio the slim one posted this 3 weeks ago

Purchased this S&W 1917 about 6 months ago in the condition you see below for $175.00. As I do nearly everything gunsmithing wise, I went over the revolver and prepared a list of what I needed to do to make it shootable and presentable. One thing I don't do is refinishing, I leave that all to Bob Cogan at Accurate Plating in Alabama. Bob has been doing my refinishing work since about 1980. I had him cerakote with a combination of finishes that looks like a dark blue matte. He removed as much rust as possible and did a good job of making it presentable. He hard chromed the extractor for durability and to keep the fit tight. 

Once back I fitted a new oversized hand and cylinder stop to make it lock-up tight as a bank vault. Then a little smoothing here and there created a nice 7.5 pound double action pull and a crisp 3 lb. single action let-off. I replaced the grips with some old stock Jat Scott faux ivory ones. I have a t-grip on the way. 

Previous to me when someone chopped the barrel to 3.5 inches, they also added a dovetail front sight. I plan on fitting a new fiber optic green sight that will aid my aging eyes. 

I have 1000 new Starline .45 AR cases waiting on some loads, no moon clips for me. 


Wonderful job , a labour of love . I am a S&W addict too. Rugers may be sturdier , Colt's may be more elegant but S&W talk with my heart .

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max503 posted this 2 weeks ago

How does it shoot?

 

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