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I have been wanting a Model 17 for some time. I have a found a used, looks unfired Model 17-4. What is the difference in a 17-3, 17-4, 17-5? I know each constitutes a revision in that model. Is there one that is more sought after or better?
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Model 14,15,16,17,18,48,53 (all start without dash in 1957)
-1 1959 Change to LH extractor rod thread
-2 1961 Cylinder stop changed, hole in front of trigger
guard eliminated
-3 1967 Relocation of rear sight leaf screw
-4 1977 Changed gas ring from yoke to cylinder
-5 1982 Eliminate cylinder counterbore


http://www.handloads.com/misc/Smith.Model.Changes.asp
 

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I had considerable trouble finding a M-17, 10 years ago.....in any condition! :cry: But, after several years of seaching high.....and low, I also found a NIB M-17-4. I made it my .22 shooter. Imagine that........a brand new 1986 M-17, at a lower than new (in 2000) used price! (Actually, I traded a nice Browning Challenger .22 plus $60.) Seemed good to me. I prefer revolvers. Bob
 

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OK, bought the gun. Thanks for the input guys.

And Sip, this is your fault. It all started that night you and your wife...well, you know. Then you had a baby Dino and he got a Model 17 and I had to have one. See, all your fault. :D
 

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You can always make friends with Dino and shoot his...but you willl have to feed him and change his diaper at the range.... ;)
 

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No...that must be another guy with a son named Dino...mine was in Guns magazine... ;)
 
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