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Old 11-23-2008, 06:56 AM   #1
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Silk Purse? Or Still a Sow's Ear? 1917

This S&W 1917 came back from south of the border back in the late 80s, covered in rust and with enough pitting that removing it requred the loss of 90% of the stampings and lettering. The bore is still a bit dark, but it shoots jacketed ammo well.



I didn't feel a bit bad taking cutting implements to it considering its condition. Had it been pristine, it would have remained that way, but now, it's sort of a really "BAD" night stand gun...and it spends some time in my tent with me on hunting trips.







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Old 11-23-2008, 07:25 AM   #2
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I saw one very similar for sale last year cut down from a Colt 1917. I should have jumped at the gun but waited too long. When you could buy 1917's mail order for 20 bucks a lot of them were converted to carry pistols this way. Short barrels were Colts most often since there is no ejector shroud. Would say Smith is a bit harder to find. That Tyler T grip is very period too. Did it come with the gun or is it a new Tyler ? Might be worth hunting at gun shows for one that matches the pistols "patina"



I like it a lot and would change nothing,
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Old 11-23-2008, 07:56 AM   #3
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Thanks Boats.



The Tyler was my add. I've always liked them and have seldom kepts the S&W oversized grips on any of my Smiths. Normally, I replaced them with Tylers. Even the Model 29s.



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I was prepared to be horrified, but I gotta admit...I kinda like it.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:20 AM   #5
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I believe that you've succeeded in at least making a very nice pigskin leather purse out of a sow's ear. I would be proud to own that gun, and I feel that you should be much prouder to have "reformed" it into something so useful. Very nice, indeed! :)
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I'll gladly offer it a new home if you don't want it hanging about and cluttering up your place.
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:35 PM   #7
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You've got a nice bit of history there. Definitely a "silk purse" even though not factory original its safe and mechanically functional. What's not to like?



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Old 11-23-2008, 02:43 PM   #8
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I did a similar thing a few years ago to a badly treated Colts M1917. Bit large for a pocket gun.
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:12 PM   #9
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Is that a short factory S&W barrel or did you make it?
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Old 11-23-2008, 04:25 PM   #10
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You might want to see about some period leather for it. El Paso makes some nice stuff the Tom Threepersons or one of there old style shoulder hoster.



I have a real nice holster for a M 36 3 inch from Rick Bachman at Old West Reproductions. His concealed carry model. Would be about right for that revolver, Full finger cut out not like modern "safe" holsters.



Agree on the Tylers have them on all my Smiths,



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