New S&W 1917 Review?


April 30, 2007, 04:23 PM
Hello boys.

I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with the new "repro" S&W 1917? It looks to be a fine gun, but the price has me wondering if I might be better off finding an original--either G.I. or Brazilian.

Anyone encountered one yet?

Here she is in full nickel:

And blue:

There's one fully case-hardened, but I don't think Smith ever made their originals that way. Course, the originals didn't have that pesky lock on them, either.

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April 30, 2007, 09:54 PM
The new S&W 1917 is beautiful. I handled one at SHOT Show and was impressed with it. However, price is 1200 bucks or so.

The vintage ones are cheaper, but hard to find. I have two Brazilians that I picked up for 300 each.

Nomad, 2nd
May 1, 2007, 12:45 AM
+1 Brazillians are around in the $300 range... why pay 4X that for a repo?

May 1, 2007, 01:33 AM
Get one with a 4" barrel and you've pretty much got the same revolver Indiana Jones used in Raiders.

May 1, 2007, 09:08 AM
Just saw an original, with the correct grips and lanyard ring, about 85% at the local Gander Mountain for $449.

May 1, 2007, 09:41 AM
I think full nickel will look great if you use black horn grips and blue use bone grips. :D

May 1, 2007, 10:09 AM
Do you really think that revolver looks as good as this old warhorse that's an original. :D

May 1, 2007, 04:57 PM
Brazillians are around in the $300 range

I'll take four at that price! Where are they giving away these Brazilian 1917s?
The ones I have seen recently have all been $500-600. And even at $600 I'd much prefer one of those to a new 1917 for the same price.

Nomad, 2nd
May 1, 2007, 07:41 PM
...Picked em up already :neener:

May 4, 2007, 05:35 AM
use a Colt New Service?

May 4, 2007, 08:12 AM
Best I can remember he used S&W 2nd models, or 1917s that had their barrel cut and front sights modified. But they were all .45 Colt caliber.

There might have been one episode where he used a Webley BT .455.


May 4, 2007, 09:20 AM
Was the indiana jones gun. A webley briefly in the third film, and a HiPower on the ship in the first.

May 4, 2007, 11:48 AM
Yes, they made the early S&W Hand Ejectors in .45 Colt caliber as well as .45 acp; and even the Triple Lock (that came first) was made in .44 special -- with a few in .45 Colt as well.

I believe Indy's revolver of choice was mainly the S&W .45 Colt revolver that the British film studios cobbled together for his flicks. Doubt any of them were in original factory form...barrels cut, front sights brazed on.

I've heard rumors Indy used a High Power in one instance, but I personally don't remember it...but that means little to my poor memory.


May 4, 2007, 12:34 PM
Regarding the guns of Indiana Jones...look here:

May 4, 2007, 02:17 PM
Wow! :what:

After reading that link above, who the hell can make out for sure what Indy used in those flippin IJ flicks???

Indy would have been a punk if he settled just for the .45 acp, real sixgun men only like the .45 Colt. :D

Fun link, but a lot of fanaticism Indy cult followers hang around there. Kind of reminds me of the Star Trek, Star Wars crowd. :D

That chopped off barrel on the four inch 2nd model is really crappy looking with a brazed on front sight. And chipped left non-medallion grip is pretty pukey as well. Had to be furnished by a English gun props shop...probably a non firing, or blank shooter.


May 4, 2007, 02:45 PM could just forego the lanyard ring, exposed ejector rod, skinny grips and 1 1/2" of barrel and buy a brand new M22-4 for about half the price.

I'm another who'd like to see some of those Brazilian contract 1917s for $300 in something better than NRA 'Fair' shape. Around here anything near NRA 'VG' commands about twice that, which makes the M22-4 quite a deal, IMO.

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