I inherited this M1917 from my Uncle a couple of years ago. It was about three months before he passed away that he showed me this revolver and gave me some background. Bear in mind, this is the story of an 80 year old who was on heavy morphine. He said his Grandfather received the gun when he was in the US Postal Service (I'm guessing something to do with a Postal Inspector). His Grandfather gave the revolver to his Father, who carried it in Korea as his service pistol during the war (my Uncle didn't say if it was ever used during combat). My Uncle's Father gave the gun to him right before his death, I believe in the 1980s. My Uncle used it to plink out in the woods many years ago but it mostly became a safe queen. As you can tell by the pictures, the gun is dirty and it looks like some steel wool has been dragged across it. It has matching S/N on the butt and the barrel. Just thought I would share.