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 Jay 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
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