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Welcome! Nice revolver. I don't have my book close to me at the moment, but I am sure someone will be along shortly with theirs to help you........
 
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Welcome to the forum.
If you've been shooing plastic fantastic semi-autos and similar handguns up to this point, get ready for a completely new experience. These earlier K-22 (Pre 17) K frame .22LR handguns are precision handguns with some heft, balance, and often awesome triggers. You model 17 was made just a couple of years after they started marketing the K-22 with model numbers.
Cherish it. You've acquired a classic.
 

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Congrats on a fine addition to your collection. I have a 17-4 and I don't shoot it enough. Let us know how it functions for you. looking forward to future range report.;)
Was lucky to stumble across the one I purchased at a LGS for a sweet price. Here is mine...

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Congrats on a fine addition to your collection. I have a 17-4 and I don't shoot it enough. Let us know how it functions for you. looking forward to future range report.;)
Was lucky to stumble across the one I purchased at a LGS for a sweet price. Here is mine...

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How'd you get my gun from my safe??????:LOL:(y).........bought mine at a flea market a few years ago
 
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The S&W M17 .22 revolvers are without peer. I've owned several in my lifetime including a beauty built in the early 1950s. I had to sell my last M17 but still have my older M18. The .357 M 28 will always be a favorite of mine. Treasure your M17.
.357 M19. .357 M28. & .22 M18.
 

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There are several good choices for a 4" .357.....a 686 (stainless steel), a 28, 66 or a 19. All great revolvers. I am fortunate to have a 4" 28-2 and 4" 19-4. Great shooters.:)

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Check out the K (Model 19 or SS Model 66); L (Model 586 or 686); and N (Model 28) frame revolvers.

Ideally, get your hands on examples of each of them and feel the mass, balance and overall size. Some of your decision depends on what you intend to do with it. If you're going to shoot on a lot, opt for the beefier frames. If you're mainly going to shoot .38 special, look to the smaller frame. They created the "L" frame as the sweet spot between a really hefty hand full, and something a bit light for the .357 round in terms of longevity and stress on the frame and components.
 
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