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Just to liven this place up...
Let's see some 1917's. As you can see from the Brazilian crest. This one went south of the border. No time to resize the pic. Most of these 1917's are very good shooters. This one shoots point of aim.
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A grand idea, Jim!
They're stout as anchor chain, and they age well indeed.
Here's an old Commercial Model from 1928.
It went to Wolf and Klar.
Don
 
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Nice,
They have been on my wish list for awhile now. Probably will be for awhile. But I do like looking at them. :D
 

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I sold the one I had. Could not hit the broad side of the barn with it {standing inside the barn}. That razor blade they used for a front sight gave me all kinds of trouble :wtf: . My nephew always did quite well with it
Jim; that is a nice example of the Brazilian {a under valued gun IMHO}
 

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azmick,
You are a man after my own heart!
My M-1917 Military was the most inaccurate thing I ever owned. Bought it in almost-unfired condition, and was lucky to keep all six shots on a 12" X 12" target at 30 feet! :lol:
The Commercial, pictured above, is a slight bit better, but I would do better throwing an axe at the target!
Great 'belly guns' for real close-range use.
Don
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Don,
Very nice 1917.

I will be the first one to say these are no target guns. The sights are not very good. But they shoot ok.
Here is a target from this one at 25 yards it is not target gun. But it will keep them on paper. I found this one shoots better without the use of moon clips.
Jim

 

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Yeah, I think it was shortly after Colt/S&W introduced the 1917 that some wise guy invented the shotgun.

I'm pretty good with a handgun, but that 1917 just won't co-operate.
 

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Here's my '17 along with it's old army mate, a Colt '17. This Model 1917 is the second I've owned. The first one was ugly but mechanically sound. I spent some years toting it afield in a belt holster and shooting the hooey out of it. The revolver was very satisfying to hand load and shoot and I learned a lot about .45 ACP/Auto Rim behavior in a revolver. Traded into this one but feel it's too nice to holster and actually use. It shoots well too but only receives careful range exercise. I wish I'd kept the old one for a usin' gun.

The Colt Model 1917 is the most used Colt in my collection. I've shot it for many years too. The Colt New Service is my favorite Colt revolver model. I love shooting them despite the fact that they are so large that I have difficulty using them double action, even though I have large hands and long fingers. I could still do alright with one of them at "trench clearing" distances. The Colt New Service is a most stately and elegant revolver to shoot. I do prefer the Smith & Wesson N-Frame guns though.

Both these revolvers like a 250-255 grain lead bullet with a smidgen over 6 grains of Unique really well. Either Model 1917 would still do for home defense.





Carrying the New Service tangent forward a bit, here's the Model 1917 (bottom) with it's older brother, the Model 1909 in .45 Colt (top).

 
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