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    Default What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    A family member has this revolver. From the serial number its date of manufacture is 1918. They were commision to fill the gap of the colt 1911 standard army and navy isseu. They could not produce the colt 1911 semi auto fast enough and contracted Smith & Wesson together with Colt to produce these .45 ACP revolvers as they could produce them quicker... i do know they served in WW1, WW2, KOREA and Vietnam.
    So my question is do they have any value and is it a keeper...

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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    My grandfather had one in 450 Adams, same calibe? They are nice from a collectors perspective and recon they would probably go for the same as a Webley MKVI (3Kish). Are you looking to sell or keep it? If sell I’d be keen.
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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Who couldn't love a large calibre wheelgun? 😎

    I have no idea on value, but I would say it's a keeper!! Were they not Parkerized instead of blued?

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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Thanks will hold on for a while. I see on the international gun sites they go for between 500 to 900 Dollars...not sure of the value locally

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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Does it take 45ACP or a rimmed revolver cartridge?
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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Quote Originally Posted by tobie View Post
    Who couldn't love a large calibre wheelgun?

    I have no idea on value, but I would say it's a keeper!! Were they not Parkerized instead of blued?
    Yes i beleive they are Parkerized...this one is in pretty good shape...just needs a good clean

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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Quote Originally Posted by CorditeCrazy View Post
    Does it take 45ACP or a rimmed revolver cartridge?
    45ACP ...there are half moon clips to assist extraxtion. I have seen on YouTube they fire the rimmed cartridge as well

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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Ah ok, My granddad had the Hand Ejector II, that was in 450/455. either way you have anice gun there.
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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    FYI: Classic Arms had a similar one going for 5K
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    Default Re: What would the value of this Smith & Wesson 1917 45 DA

    Quote Originally Posted by CorditeCrazy View Post
    Does it take 45ACP or a rimmed revolver cartridge?
    The revolver was made to take the 45 ACP with moon clips. Off course the cartridge would load and fire perfectly without the clips, but extraction would be an issue.

    The 45 Auto Rim was invented to allow use of this revolver (as well as the similar Colt 1917) without the moon clips.

    They usually have very smooth DA triggers.

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