S&W M1917

U.S. Property Marked

in .45acp (or .45 auto rim)



This is a nice pistol. I have one that was issued to the Brazilian police. I got tired of loading moon clips necessary for shooting .45acp out of it and started reloading .45 auto rim ammo. Mine shoots extremely well with either. Also with a bit of gas loss between the cylinder and barrel, it kicks less than my 1911 but still packs a punch on steel targets.

During World War I, many U.S. civilian arms companies including Colt and Remington were producing M1911 pistols under contract for the U.S. Army, but even with the additional production there was a shortage of sidearms to issue. The interim solution was to ask Colt and Smith & Wesson, the two major American producers of revolvers at the time, to adapt their heavy-frame civilian revolvers to the standard .45 ACP pistol cartridge. Both companies' revolvers utilized half-moon clips to extract the rimless .45 ACP cartridges. Daniel B. Wesson's son Joseph Wesson invented and patented the half-moon clip, which was assigned to Smith & Wesson, but at the request of the Army allowed Colt to also use the design free of charge in their own version of the M1917 revolver.

This pistol I have for sale has obviously been used and carried but never fired much. The bore is near mint. The bluing is about 65% left. The grips are worn but no chips or cracks and are original to the gun. The swivel rotates as it should but the "U.S. Army 1917" stamp on the bottom of the grip frame has been removed for some reason. The action works perfectly and locks up tight. Overall it is in very good condition for the age.

The pictures will tell you more. Contact me if you need pictures of something I missed.


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