New to me S&W Model 17 (photos)


November 1, 2006, 09:33 PM
Well, as I posted earlier, I've been posting in every gun forum and searching every gun shop within 50 miles for about two years looking for a late Model 17 (with the full lug). This isn't an easy find in California, since you can't bring them into the state.

Then two weeks ago, a forum member tipped me off in email and I finally picked it up today.

Here is the "before" picture, all messed up with a sales tag, tons of fingerprints and ugly rubber tires:

I just knew that with a good, solid cleaning and some nice wood, this glorious pre-lock could reclaim some of it's glory.

I have some traditional medallion target stocks on the way, but threw on these really nice full-checkered rosewood stocks that I had for just such an occasion as a nice find. They cover the backstrap, but they look so nice that I might just keep them. Checkering is sharp and I like it!

Paired up with her sister, the 586-7, they make a nice pair:

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Jim K
November 1, 2006, 09:38 PM
I guess I am asking for some sort of sense where there is no sense, but why would the K-22 be banned from import into CA? I can't think of a much less likely gun to be the choice of criminals.


November 1, 2006, 09:38 PM
Very nice pair! Thanks for sharing the pics.

November 1, 2006, 10:17 PM
Well, California has an "approved" gun list for guns you can import into the state. They are all current-production guns only. Since the Model 17-6 is no longer in production, in can not be brought into the state via sale. California has a lot of bizarro gun laws, despite being the largest gun-buying state in the nation.

November 1, 2006, 10:22 PM
Congratz on a nice find here behind enemy lines.


November 1, 2006, 10:35 PM
Beautiful gun! I like those grips! Are they available anywhere?

highlander 5
November 1, 2006, 10:36 PM
I think Ma gun laws will give Ca's gun laws a run for its money

November 1, 2006, 10:54 PM
I have another set just like them that I am getting ready to sell on eBay soon. Grips there are going for really high prices, so I'm looking for min. of $75 plus shipping. The wood is nice and the checkering was done by hand... I'm not saying that they are worth that much, but I know I can get that much. Shocking the prices people will pay there.

November 1, 2006, 11:27 PM

Very Nice indeed and I agree with the looks of the new stocks.
Her sister is a quite a looker herself.

November 2, 2006, 09:03 AM
ya know, i didnt like it at all when the window opened, but with those new grips, that thing looks AWSOME. congrats.

November 2, 2006, 09:13 AM
Awesome! I love all K22s, great and small.

You didn't happen to find it at Imbert & Smithers, did you?

November 2, 2006, 10:30 AM
Nope, Sportsmen's Supply in San Jose.

November 2, 2006, 11:45 AM
I'll give you the $75 for the checkered rosewood grips. Tell me where to send the money by PM. Thanks!

November 4, 2006, 09:40 PM
Highlander 5,
and if Martha Croakly gets in as AG, we may become worse off than Calif. in the gun law area. I have been told by several in the know, that she makes Tom Reilly look pro gun!:eek:

November 16, 2006, 05:16 PM
Just want to report that SJshooter is a man of his word. He said he sent the grips the other day and I got them today. They are every bit as beautiful as he said. Here's a couple of pix of my 8 3/8" 617. Blame the photographer for any flaws, these handles are be-you-tee-ful! :D

November 16, 2006, 08:20 PM
I am so glad you like them! You definitely know you're holding a gun when you have a full palm full of sharpened wood!

Great pics!

November 16, 2006, 09:19 PM
Those little diamonds ARE sharp, aren't they, bud? :evil:

I don't think I'd like to shoot a MAGNUM with those grips.

November 16, 2006, 09:32 PM
Why not? You'd have permanent grooves in your hand that would allow you to get the same grip every time!

November 16, 2006, 09:50 PM
And if you feel like a fancy dinner at the range, you can use them as a cheese-grater when you run out of ammo.

Actually, I LOVE the grips on your 586. Those are unbelievably sexy!!!

November 16, 2006, 09:57 PM
There's a set just like them on ebay right now (not sold by me): search for item 170049916444

Master Blaster
November 17, 2006, 09:07 AM
I have a 17-6 as well, mine was wearing a 1x burris scope with a no drill and tap mount that used the existing rear sight holes, no rear sight though, I removed it and bought a sight off E-bay for $23.

I have some wood Hogues on mine.

Who makes those grips??

November 17, 2006, 09:44 AM
SJshooter-thank you for the suggestion, but they are for a round butt. My 19-3 has a square butt.

November 17, 2006, 10:21 PM
You can get a square butt version without medallions here:

Maybe they'll put them in if you ask/pay.

November 17, 2006, 10:23 PM
Ooops, direct link:

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