8. U.S. Model 1917 Revolver by Smith and Wesson

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serial #3625, 45 ACP/AR, 5 1/2" barrel with an excellent bore. This old War Horse has seen only light use in the last 100 plus years and remains in grand condition. The metal surfaces retain about 98% original deep blue finish with scattered light wear on the knuckle and backstrap, high edge wear, a turn ring on the cylinder and light handling marks. This early production gun has concentric grooves on the hammer. The hammer, lanyard ring and trigger retain robust case-hardened colors with the hammer showing light operational and handling wear, the face of the trigger and the ring of the lanyard loop have starting to thin to pewter. The smooth walnut factory grips are numbered to the gun and rate about very good with scattered light handling marks. These grips are the early style that have a flat milled at the top of the panels used by the factory to mount the medallions on civilian guns, later eliminated to decrease felt recoil. Major Gilbert S. Stewart's inspection mark on the frame is crisp as are the other military and factory markings. All appropriate parts are correctly numbered to the gun and it remains fully functional. The Springfield Research Service shows this particular gun was shipped to Springfield Armory on November 10, 1917. You do not find many military guns this old with this much condition unless they were reworked. A solid investment for the military collector. (88873-529) {C&R} (1200/1800) SOLD FOR $2,300.00

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