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    A little TLC for my Brazilian 1917/1937

    I found this old Brazilian 1917/1937 at a local gun shop for $249 just a few weeks ago.

    The gun had a bunch of surface rust and was really dirty.

    The price was $249 and on the price tag it said "needs moon clips". The store specialized mostly in tactical-type new weapons, and this old revolver was languishing in the used case. I think they considered it to be something of a "gunsmith special".

    It cleaned up nicely, and I took care of the rust with oil and 0000 steel wool. The gun shoots great and was a joy at the local range.

    I replaced the grips with some reproductions I found on eBay, and snagged a lanyard ring for it as well. Moon clips ought to arrive next week some time.

    I'm very happy with how it looks now. Great old revolver with lots of history.

    Here are the before and after pics:

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    Nice job and a great price. Looks like you got a winner
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    Looks like you picked up a nice one!
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    That's a great find for a great price. I love those old worn but solid shooters. Leaves more money for ammo!
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    Nice job! Those post-war magnas that were on it can be restored if you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiregrassguy View Post
    Nice job! Those post-war magnas that were on it can be restored if you want.
    Thanks!

    Yep, I'm definitely gonna hang on to them for a later project. I recently had to track down some worn-looking diamond magnas to make a worn-looking pre model 10 look "just right".

    I have a thing for revolvers with a lot of character.

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    very nice job... lots of us 'round here agree with the character thing!!
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    I think arched top silver medallion are the correct grips for the 1937. You could order the modern version meant for the "Classic" from the S&W Store. Since mine was parkerized at some point i have just left the replacements on it and fired away. Nice piece.

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    You got a great gun at an exceptionally good price. The "Brazilian's" technical name is the .45 Hand Ejector Model of 1917. Your gun is called "Smith & Wesson .45 Hand Ejector Model of 1917, Brazilian Government Contract". Between 1917 & 1919, approx. 175,000 of these were delivered to the U.S. Govt. and were stamped on the frame "U.S. Army Model 1917" and under the barrel "United States Property". Any of these guns bring in the bigger bucks because of the U.S. stamps. The revolver was manufactured until 1948 for a total of 210,866 units. A contract was signed by the Brazilian Govt. in 1937 calling for 25,000 revolvers. These were purchased with Brazilian funds, mfg. completely by Smith & Wesson in the U.S., and were stamped on the side plate with the Brazilian seal and 1937 contract date BY S&W. The guns were sent in a couple of shipments, the last being after the end of WW2. These guns are the same as the U.S. Model of 1917, but are usually found "rode hard & put away wet" and for some reason treated like an un-wanted red-headed step child. Folks are beginning to finally catch on because I saw two of these at the recent Houston gun show with military collectors. One was asking $750.00 and the other was asking $900.00! I picked mine up a couple years ago for 3 bills. It was shipped in the post war shipment of 1946, is made up with an S&W 1917 U.S. Govt. inspected frame, commercial barrel & cylinder, and all numbers match. It shoots great too. There's a lot more information out there and these have been discussed before, but you got yourself a genuine article that's been a real sleeper for a long time. I would take out a loan and buy them all day for what you paid. Great score. Enjoy.




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    Quote Originally Posted by lowercase View Post
    Thanks!

    Yep, I'm definitely gonna hang on to them for a later project. I recently had to track down some worn-looking diamond magnas to make a worn-looking pre model 10 look "just right".

    I have a thing for revolvers with a lot of character.

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    yep quite few in my safe with character


 
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