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Old 08-07-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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.45ACP 1917 (1937 Brazilian Contract - I have the original grips but they are rough.


.38 Special Model 15 - Ft Worth TX Police Trade-in


.357 Model 686 with factory Hogue grips


same 686 as it looks now with Ahrends Target Grips


.357 Model 66 with my one and only attempt to make a pair of grips


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Old 08-07-2014, 02:38 PM   #2
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Those are all nice. That .45 sure doesn't show it's age.
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A tite group!
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Those are all nice. That .45 sure doesn't show it's age.
It's really in pretty good shape, probably 75-80% blue with some color case still on hammer and trigger. I bought that back in the '80s when they were first re-imported; cheap too, I bet well under $150 but I can't remember for sure.

I mostly shoot auto rims through it.
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It's really in pretty good shape, probably 75-80% blue with some color case still on hammer and trigger. I bought that back in the '80s when they were first re-imported; cheap too, I bet well under $150 but I can't remember for sure.

I mostly shoot auto rims through it.
Is it a parts gun?
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Man you are killing me with Handgun envy. I have some serious catching up to do.
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Is it a parts gun?
Heck no!!!! The only "parts" that didn't come on that revolver from the factory are the grips, and I have them.
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Heck no!!!! The only "parts" that didn't come on that revolver from the factory are the grips, and I have them.
A lot of them were made from parts is the reason I asked. My friend has one and the receiver was made in 1911.
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You have a fine family of S&W revolvers there. S&W have stole the show with their huge selection/quality of revolvers.
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You have a fine family of S&W revolvers there. S&W have stole the show with their huge selection/quality of revolvers.
I've never owned a S&W.
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A lot of them were made from parts is the reason I asked. My friend has one and the receiver was made in 1911.
303, are we talking about the same handgun? The Colt (New Service) and S&W (Hand Ejector) Model 1917 revolvers were made starting in 1917 to supply WWI soldiers with sidearms after the USA entered the war in 1917 because the federal gov't couldn't procure enough model 1911 semi-automatics early in the war.

I don't know what the source of the parts would have been used to assemble these revolvers and don't know what receiver (frame?) would have been used for a model 1917 that was made in 1911 but I certainly would like to know more about your friend's revolver.

By the way, I've never met a Smith & Wesson that I didn't like!
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By the way, I've never met a Smith & Wesson that I didn't like!
I'm beginning to feel that way. Kind of scary, given the price on them. Thing is, I am very much in the market for a shorter barreled 686 as a carry gun in the woods and then you go and post a pic of one. You are not helping my self-control (not that I have much when it comes to guns, anyway).

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303, are we talking about the same handgun? The Colt (New Service) and S&W (Hand Ejector) Model 1917 revolvers were made starting in 1917 to supply WWI soldiers with sidearms after the USA entered the war in 1917 because the federal gov't couldn't procure enough model 1911 semi-automatics early in the war.

I don't know what the source of the parts would have been used to assemble these revolvers and don't know what receiver (frame?) would have been used for a model 1917 that was made in 1911 but I certainly would like to know more about your friend's revolver.

By the way, I've never met a Smith & Wesson that I didn't like!
In 1917 both Colt and S&W began re-chambering older 455 Webley, .44, and .45 Long Colt frames to 45ACP. My friend has a S&W like yours that was made from an M1909 frame that was made in 1911. It was not what we call a 1911 but just happened to be made in that year. People call them "parts guns" to identify them as made with prior made frames. In many cases complete firearms were taken apart and chambered in 45ACP. This was done because they didn't want to have to supply so many different caliber ammo to the front lines.
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NCG, the 686 is a great revolver in any barrel length. The 4" just seems to me to be the best barrel length. Long enough for a good sight picture and short enough for easy carry.

It's hard to top an L-frame revolver.
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In 1917 both Colt and S&W began re-chambering older 455 Webley, .44, and .45 Long Colt frames to 45ACP. My friend has a S&W like yours that was made from an M1909 frame that was made in 1911. It was not what we call a 1911 but just happened to be made in that year. People call them "parts guns" to identify them as made with prior made frames. In many cases complete firearms were taken apart and chambered in 45ACP. This was done because they didn't want to have to supply so many different caliber ammo to the front lines.
That is very interesting. I like S&W revolvers and know some about the ones that I own but I am certainly no expert or authority on them in any way.

I have never heard about S&W rebuilding existing revolvers for use in WWI. I am familiar with the Colt 1909 Army in .45 Colt but know nothing about a model 1909 S&W. I need to look into the history more.
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NCG, the 686 is a great revolver in any barrel length. The 4" just seems to me to be the best barrel length. Long enough for a good sight picture and short enough for easy carry.

It's hard to top an L-frame revolver.
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That is very interesting. I like S&W revolvers and know some about the ones that I own but I am certainly no expert or authority on them in any way.

I have never heard about S&W rebuilding existing revolvers for use in WWI. I am familiar with the Colt 1909 Army in .45 Colt but know nothing about a model 1909 S&W. I need to look into the history more.
I'm not familiar with S&W so you might be right.
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KS95B40,I like those pistols,the .357 Model 66 looks good with both grips.
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That's a nice bunch of S&W revolvers.

The Brazilian contract gun looks to be in pretty good shape. Have you ever fired it? They are plenty of fun with full moon clips.
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Very nice collection.
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