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Old 08-23-2018, 01:25 PM
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I'm considering buying a 6" 617, although I'd really like to find an 8 3/8". Does the lock on the side compromise trigger, or any other, function, or is it just undesirable because it's not needed?
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Old 08-23-2018, 02:12 PM
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I'm considering buying a 6" 617, although I'd really like to find an 8 3/8". Does the lock on the side compromise trigger, or any other, function, or is it just undesirable because it's not needed?
No, no functional impairment. Yes, not needed. IMHO.
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Old 08-23-2018, 05:03 PM
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It has no effect on function.
Purists don't like the locks because, well, they're purists. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
I have a 617 and it along with my Henry 22 are the most fun guns I own. The 617 is also very accurate.
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Old 08-23-2018, 05:18 PM
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The hammer lock is really not a bad idea, and it does not impact function, so I don't dislike it for those reasons, but the presence of the safety in that location alters the aesthetics of the frame there. I had a 3" 63 with the lock, and I actually liked the way it functioned (I wouldn't want one on a defense revolver and be unable to find the key in an emergency), but I couldn't stomach the looks...and the MIM parts, and the weird shape of the cylinder release...I could go on, so it went to a SIL. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the expression goes, so, if it doesn't bother you, I wouldn't hesitate a moment.

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Old 08-24-2018, 08:06 AM
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The lawyer lock is just that. It isn't needed and ugly. That said, it does not keep me from buying a gun that I really like. I wish it wasn't there but it is and in the world we live in today, I don't see the lock going anywhere.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:33 AM
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The lawyer lock is just that. It isn't needed and ugly. That said, it does not keep me from buying a gun that I really like. I wish it wasn't there but it is and in the world we live in today, I don't see the lock going anywhere.
That's about what I figured. I find it interesting that S&W sells some models without the lock and lists "no lock" as a feature of the revolver.
https://www.smith-wesson.com/firearm...ries-model-642
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:11 PM
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I have an 8-3/8 S&W Model 617.
It needs a carriage or at least a bipod.
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Old 08-25-2018, 07:22 PM
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I have an 8-3/8” S&W Model 617.
It needs a carriage or at least a bipod.
I don't suppose you'd want to trade that off?
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:33 AM
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I made a deal on a new 6" model today. I won't get it until next week.
I want to try a dot sight of some sort on it I've never used any kind of dot sight but I think I want to keep the dot as close to the bore as possible. I don't care how fast I shoot but I'd like to shoot precisely out to 100 meters. Any suggestions for a mount and sight, I'm not necessarily looking for cheap stuff.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:01 AM
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I made a deal on a new 6" model today. I won't get it until next week.
I want to try a dot sight of some sort on it I've never used any kind of dot sight but I think I want to keep the dot as close to the bore as possible. I don't care how fast I shoot but I'd like to shoot precisely out to 100 meters. Any suggestions for a mount and sight, I'm not necessarily looking for cheap stuff.
Weigand makes a rail that fits once the 617 rear site is removed. I use it with an Ultradot, although my current favorite is an AT3 2-MOA dot.

See here: https://www.jackweigand.com/swhpmnt.html

Looks like this on a 4 inch 617:



Shoots like this at 15 yards (10 shot groups):



Also, if you look in the classifieds, you will see a Leupold mount with 1-inch rings that the seller says fits on a 617. I bought his Leupold scope, but did not buy the mount as I will be using it on a different revolver. This mount might fit an Ultradot with a 1-inch tube. You'd have to ask him. No connection other than as stated.
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Look down a few post at my recent post "617 sight in". The 617 is wearing a Vortex Venom 3-moa red dot sitting on a Raptor Engineering mount which keeps the sight low. If you need information on the mount pm me.
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Old 08-27-2018, 08:21 AM
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I have Weigland Weig-a-tinny rails on both my 617 and 686+ and run either a pistol scope or a Burris FastFire 3 on both guns. Nice setup that I'd recommend to anyone.

Warne makes an interesting rail (item #M629) with a built in front sight that allows you to mount the factory rear sight to the rail, giving you the capability to remove your optic and shoot with iron sights. It should be noted that the slots are sized for Weaver mounts and are a bit too snug to accept Picatinny. I gave this some consideration but not being able to mount a FastFire 3 pushed me to the Weigland.

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Allchin also makes a fairly low profile mount for various red dot sights.


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I don't suppose you'd want to trade that off?
No,
Its part of a collection that is still NIB.
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I have an 8-3/8” S&W Model 617.
It needs a carriage or at least a bipod.
Hah! You must be one of those right-handed weenies. I have one of those and it doesn't feel too heavy, plus it even has one of those steel cylinders, not that girlie-man aluminum one. There are lots heavier revolvers in my safe.



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No,
It’s part of a collection that is still NIB.
Mine gets shot a lot, but it wasn't NIB when I got it.
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