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Readers Respond: If You Have Experience With the Colt 1917 Army, What's Your Opinion?

Responses: 20


Ever owned and/or used a Colt 1917 Army Revolver? Have an opinion on it? If so, let us know what you think! Do not ask a question or expect a reply! I cannot reply to you here. Please post in the forum if you have a question.

Colt 45acp revolver

Love the gun, but don't use cheap ammo with aluminum shells. Sometimes the shell will expand in the chamber and get stuck in there, not a lot of fun to get out. Only use brass shells. It is a shooter, I have it as backup.
—Guest steve

1917 snub nose 45 cal. revolver

I bought a 1917 45 caliber revolver at a pawn shop, it has been chromed but it only has about a 2 1/2 in barrel. I know it was probably cut down, but I was wondering if it is okay to shoot it with a barrel that short. Maybe it is factory made like that? Anyway some of the chrome is coming off at the end of the barel and on the cylinder. I only gave 180.00 for it. Was I ripped off? Where can I find another barrel, if I want to extend the barrel? It has a emerald blue color hand grip. Tell me anyone who can give me any type of professional reply. It doesn't have anything that tells what caliber, brand or anything except on the handle base US Army 1917 , model 33. [FROM RUSS CHASTAIN: The barrel was likely cut down. The "chrome" is probably nickel. You should have it inspected by a competent gunsmith to determine whether it's safe to fire and what ammunition should be fired in it, especially since the markings you describe don't sound quite right. Enjoy!]
—Guest jim montgomery


The colt 1917 and the smith 1917 are great guns for whatever purpose. Good for defense with 45 ACP and moon clips, and with a long history to talk about on the firing range and wherever handgunners convene!
—Guest Mike

Modern 1917

These are great guns. Mine was not a 'perfect specimen,' nor rare, so I have modernized it. I cut the barrel to 3.5", opened up the rear sight channel to match the new XS tritium sight that is mounted in a sweat-on ramp. I slicked up the trigger, and slightly chamfered the cylinder mouths to speed up reloads. The hammer is bobbed and the rear of the butt is rounded off. The biggest improvement you can make on these is to install a grip adapter like the Tyler T-grip. It fills in behind the trigger guard and totally changes the grip angle and feel of the weapon. I shoot it in IDPA competition, and run 200-500 rounds through it monthly. It is reliable and fast, and makes all others at the range that day green with envy. Speed reloads with full-moon clips is very fast, and makes it a fine, intimidating self defense carry gun.
—Guest Senorpistolero

Love My 1917!

Daddy won mine in a raffle at work 40 years ago. He carried it every time we went blackberry picking and such, for snakes. Shot it a lot when I was young. Now lovingly cared for, and shot a few times a year. I hope to pass it down to my daughter.
—Guest Greg

US Army model 1917 Colt 45

I have a 1917 passed down through family and today was researching about it. As I looked at it through a jewelers lamp, I noticed it has a slight crack on the left side of the frame just behind the trigger. Is this common with these weapons? I have shot this weapon several times (LOVED IT!) and hope to some more but am concerned about the crack. Also, it is missing the round top off the ejector stem(?) and would like to find a replacement. Even still, I consider it a family heirloom. Advice?

Great Grandfather's Model 1917

I have my great grandfather's Army-issued Colt .45 Model 1917. A friend of my father's refurbished this gun about 25 years ago. It still has my great grandfather's left-handed Cavalry-issued holster, with the US emblem still visible. I fired this gun last weekend with Federal 45 ACP ammo in the half-moon clips and had a grouping no bigger than a coffee saucer at 15 yards. And it's just cool to shoot a gun that's nearly a hundred years old!
—Guest Joe

M1917 Colt 45

I have one as well, and it is a damn fine gun. I shoot it about five times a year and I love it. It's not like my M1911. Overall it's a very well-made gun and it has scared off a couple of robbers. So both of my Colts sleep by my bed. Is that wrong? Well, my wife don't mind so I guess it's okay.
—Guest John Guerrero

colt a fine 45

I have a colt DA Model 1917 revolver. This revolver was my great-grandfather's. He carried it in WWI. It has been passed down - I am the 4th generation to proudly own this handgun, and it will be passed down to my son as well. My grandpa had it nickel-plated and to this day it is as beautiful as it was when it was first plated. I stupidly carried this priceless heirloom for a short while and it was used to ward off a would-be carjacker in Houston, Texas. That was when I decided to put it away, before it became evidence! I now carry a 1911 in 45 ACP. I own more than one hundred modern firearms, and this one is the pride of my collection.
—Guest craig hess

Colt 45 DA US Army Mod 1917

Bought this heavy duty gun in 1965 for $45.00. Carried it as a Detroit Police Officer from 65-72. It is accurate in close combat situations and fires very well with little kick and the ability to keep on target. Transitioned to a S&W M&P 41 Mag in 72 and Glock 40, Mod 17 in 1990's until retirement in 2003. I still have all three and found all to be effective, but the Colt did elicit instant respect when needed. It is a keeper.
—Guest Bill Wylie

Colt 1917 jamming with halfmoon clips

Anybody have the experience of the cylinder jamming from the HM clip's being pushed against the faceplate after firing and your having to let it cool before cylinder turns again? ~~~ [Editor's note: I've never experienced that, and the clips themselves should never touch the frame of the gun; only the brass case heads should do that.]

Model 1917 Colt DA Revolver

This is an excellent firearm and a hard shooter, as is its cousin the S&W 45 ACP DA revolver. I love them both, and just need to get the 455 version to complete the circle.

One of Mine Will Finance my Next Gun

I have two of these fine revolvers. Purchased one 15 years ago for $100 and another one 7 years ago for $200. I can't believe how much they have appreciated. I have my eye on a Springfield Trapdoor rifle, so one of them has to go!
—Guest Tim L

Brother Carried it in Korea

I have my brother's gun. He has passed away. Nickel-plated, pearl grips, nice old gun. Just found clips for it, and will be firing it soon.

Colt DA 45 1917

Owned one for a long time. Great to shoot. I put a rubber hand grip on it, so I could crank out the shots.
—Guest James Schrader

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