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Replacing Side Plate Assembly on S&W 617

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by vvanders, Apr 14, 2011.

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  1. vvanders

    vvanders Member

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    I recently bought a 617 and planned to get it engraved on the sideplate. Just got back the engraving today and the engraver botched the lettering, it's mis-aligned by ~15 degrees.

    Is my only option to completely replace the side plate assembly? I dug around on the S&W site and it looks like it's a factory install only part. Luckily the jeweler is planning on eating the costs, however I feel bad because it's not her fault(she goes through someone else for engraving).
     
  2. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

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    What other route did you think there might be other than replacing the sideplate?

    It is factory installed, because the goal is to have a hairline fit to the frame...it isn't like the sideplates are interchangeable
     
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    Might get a used sideplate

    Its not a common gun but you might find a side plate for the same frame size S&W from a police auction that destroys the frame but sells off the parts.
    I'm not sure, but I would hope that modern machining has replaced some of the hand fitting required of the old models.
    Check gun broker.
     
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