From the article: Colt Model 1917 Army New Service Model 45 ACP Double Action Revolver
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. Your Opinion of 1917 Colt
1917 Colt vs. 1917 S&W
- Like the former Detroit cop stated about gaining respect- these monsters get it. I own three Colts stamped with both U.S. Army and Navy markings, and I can attest to them commanding respect when I was working security in Detroit. The one with the Navy stamps was WW1 issue, but restamped with the .455 proofs by the British government on the arms lend-lease during WW2 (Glad it made it back!). The S&W went to Canada after leaving the plant, via Remington Arms Co. which acted as the purchasing and transfer agency. It is also restamped with the .455 proofs and went to the RCMP, whereas it was carried by a Mountie on the Canadian/New York borders during the Prohibition and Great Depression eras. It it the lightest of the four and with the fluted barrel looks more streamlined than the Colt models, which I prefer to carry at work.
- —Guest Jim Agapitos
- The 1917 Colt 45 ACP revolver is one of the world's finest combat handguns. A proven man stopper and completely reliable. Mine is a WWII issue with a Parkerized finish and is one of my two favorites. 1917s are getting expensive, but if you can find one you'll never regret it!
- —Guest Rick R
1917 Colt 45 Revolver
- I have a 1917 that my wife's grandfather brought back from WWI. Once I got the hang of using the moon clips, I really like the gun. It's easy to shoot, fairly accurate, and easy to clean. I fire it both single and double action - it's more accurate in the single action mode for me. I highly recommend getting one to add to your collection!
- —Guest Bob
Colt 1917 DA
- Just purchased my iconic Colt 1917 revolver...very tight mechanically, but horrible remnants of blued finish. It even has pipe wrench gouges on the barrel where someone tried some home gunsmithing. I bought it as a shooter, but am sensitive to 'ruining' the value by refinishing it. Any opinions? Also, how did the soldiers carry their half-moon clips? In their pockets or was there an ammo pouch built for these? I'd be interested in corresponding about the history and values of these weapons...firstname.lastname@example.org. What is a source for SN year of manufacture records?
- —Guest Larry Jones
- I believe this revolver to be the best in the world. I have a holster to match. [Note to all: A revolver is not a pistol. - RC]
- —Guest warren m ratliff
1917 Colt 45 ACP New Army Date of MFG
- This revolver is Blue in great condition and has a step in each cylinder Serial #on the Crane is 191456 and below 5468 on the frame below the barrel 7H 7 198018 and below 9994 butt looks like 41803 Wood Marked 303 0r 803 [Edit - I was unable to find that info in my books. - RC]
- —Guest Harry
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
- 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
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