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Old 11-15-2014, 06:14 PM
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I was wondering how many other forum members own a model 17 ? I had been wanting one for many years and was watching for just the right "deal" to come along .
It seemed each year I looked the prices increased a little .
I finally found a very nice 17-3 made in 1972 in excellent original condition with only a faint turn line on the cylinder at a LGS just last year and brought it home.
It's a beautiful revolver and I very much enjoy shooting it ...the turn line is now a little more pronounced . The trigger pull is fantastic and it has the target trigger & hammer.
Not too long ago I was back at the same gun shop . When the owner saw me he called over and showed me a Model 14-1 made in 1960 that had seen very little use . It came with the original serial numbered box, target trigger , target hammer & the correct target grips . I brought that one home about a week later .
I now have two matching revolvers . One in .22 and the other in .38
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:17 PM
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Addictive aren't they ?
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:46 PM
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I was wondering how many other forum members own a model 17 ? I had been wanting one for many years and was watching for just the right "deal" to come along .
It seemed each year I looked the prices increased a little .
I finally found a very nice 17-3 made in 1972 in excellent original condition with only a faint turn line on the cylinder at a LGS just last year and brought it home.
It's a beautiful revolver and I very much enjoy shooting it ...the turn line is now a little more pronounced . The trigger pull is fantastic and it has the target trigger & hammer.
Not too long ago I was back at the same gun shop . When the owner saw me he called over and showed me a Model 14-1 made in 1960 that had seen very little use . It came with the original serial numbered box, target trigger , target hammer & the correct target grips . I brought that one home about a week later .
I now have two matching revolvers . One in .22 and the other in .38
A 14-1 is a very desirable revolver. I have a K22 Outdoorsman, a 1947 K22, and a M17-3 with the 8" bbl. I have never fired any of them. Big Larry
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:07 PM
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I have my Dad's. 6" K-22. Still shoots sweet and still tight.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:55 PM
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We have two 17-4s, one with an 8 3/8" barrel and one with a 6". My husband and I are big S&W revolver fans and use these for practice and also because they are a pure joy to shoot.

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Old 11-15-2014, 09:30 PM
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With the small stocks, the M17 with the 8" bbl. is way too bbl. heavy. They shoot like a rifle though. I have 3 8"ers in 22 Magnum. Two are M48 no dash, and one is a M48-3. Big Larry
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:08 PM
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Oh, I agree on the grips. Changing to the target grips is on my to do list.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:29 PM
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Empe, You almost perfectly describe my situation. I purchased a 17-3 and liked it so much that I found a good looking 14-3 to go along with it. I actually like shooting the 14-3 more than the 17-3 because the bullet holes are easier to see! Now I've just got to find one of those very elusive K32 S&W to fill out the herd. I've enjoyed shooting the 14-3 with lightly (hand)loaded (Bullseye or Trail Boss) paired with hollow base wad cutters (HBWC). I'm not much of a pistol shot but I'm slowly getting better. I aspire to mediocrity in this instance!


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Old 11-16-2014, 07:49 PM
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I have a 17-4 with a 6" barrel that is a really sweet gun to shoot. I have put close to 10k rounds through it and it still shoots better than I do. Great revolvers.
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With the small stocks, the M17 with the 8" bbl. is way too bbl. heavy. They shoot like a rifle though. I have 3 8"ers in 22 Magnum. Two are M48 no dash, and one is a M48-3. Big Larry
I have one Model 48 and they are certainly nice revolvers.
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Old 11-16-2014, 11:44 PM
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I have one Model 48 and they are certainly nice revolvers.
I have 4. All I lack is a 4 screw 4"er. My 6"er is second month of production. Thanks, Big Larry
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:14 AM
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Been searching for a 17 for quite awhile. Prices do keep going up but I really don't want one of the new internal lock ones.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:48 AM
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I love the K frames. Have a mod. 19 made in 1980, a mod. 18 made in the mid 80's and a mod 48, not sure of the date of manufacture. They are all 4 inch barrel guns. I hunted for the 48 for about four years before finding it. I was insisting on a 4" barrel. They all fit my Diamond D chest holster perfectly. I've had the 19 the longest but I shoot the 18 the most. They are all just a pleasure to look at as well as shoot.

After I lucked into the mod 18 I have never considered buying another .22lr cal revolver.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:13 AM
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I have 2 model 19s, I model 17 and one model 18. I also have a 716 10 shot, 4" barrel. My two favorites are the 617 and the model 18. The balance is just better for me.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:14 AM
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Ok, I got a little backwards there it is a 617 model.
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