1918 WWI U.S. Army SMITH & WESSON Model 1917 .45 ACP Revolver C&R GREAT WAR
2nd YEAR WWI Revolver to Supplement M1911
Here we present a Smith & Wesson Model 1917 double action revolver, made in 1918 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The M1917 Revolvers were six-shot, .45 ACP, large frame revolvers adopted by the United States Military in 1917, to supplement the standard .45 ACP M1911 pistol during World War I. There were two variations of the M1917, one made by Colt and the other made by Smith & Wesson. The Smith & Wesson Model 1917 was essentially an adaptation of that company’s Second Model .44 Hand Ejector, chambered instead for .45 ACP, employing a shortened cylinder allowing for use of half-moon clips, and a lanyard ring on the butt of the frame. Smith & Wesson had recently produced the Hand Ejector, which uses their heavy .44 caliber frame, for the British Army in .455 Webley caliber due to shortages in British production facilities of standard-issue Webley Mk VI top-break revolvers. The S&W M1917 is distinguishable from the Colt M1917 in that the S&W cylinder had a shoulder machined into it to permit rimless .45 ACP cartridges to headspace on the case mouth (as with automatic pistols). The S&W M1917 could thus be used without the half-moon clips, though the empty cases would have to be poked-out manually through the cylinder face, since the extractor star cannot engage the rimless cases.
The overall condition is very fine. Great blue finish with still bright case colors. The action is strong and crisp. The bore is bright. “U.S./Army/Model/1917” and “No./89/971” (the serial number) are stamped on the butt. A fabulous piece of
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 5 1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 ACP
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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