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01-06-2010, 21:49
This Colt 1917 (manufactured cir. 1919) started out life as a typical Military Colt revolver. It came from a pawn shop in Columbus, OH.
The Colt was a real beater. It could barely function, and was determined to be unsafe to shoot. It was nothing more than a "wall hanger", but the revolver was solid, which made it a perfect candidate for a project gun.

I sent the Colt 1917 off to Dave Sams with a list of things I wanted done to the revolver. Mr. Sams said he could do it, and agreed to take on the project.

Here is what was done to the revolver. Revolver sent to Dave Sams 04/22/2009. Received back 10/22/2009.
*Tech inspection
*Build up & re-fit bolt (rebound lever contact)
*Build up & re-fit rebound lever
*Re-fit ratchet
*Install crane ball detent
*Re-time cylinder hand
*Build up & re-fit bolt (cylinder stop contact)
*Cut & re-crown barrel to 2"
*Install Colt style "half-moon" front sight & calibrate
*Shorten ejector rod & re-thread
*Action job. Smooth, polish, lighten, single & double action
*Make oversized cylinder latch & ream frame
*Straighten bent ejector rod
*Re-finish satin matte blue

The Pawn Shop Colt 1917 is good to go for another 100 years!
Now the search is on for a holster.

Before pictures:
After pictures:

01-06-2010, 21:50

01-06-2010, 21:51
I added Elk Horn grips from Patrick Grashorn
WyattBurp made the holster, and I'm still waiting on the Tyler T grip.

01-06-2010, 21:52
that looks great, you should be really proud

01-07-2010, 00:28

01-07-2010, 15:46
Nice big horse power snubby!!!!!!

the perfesser
01-07-2010, 23:00
Beautiful result for your very interesting snubby project, although I confess that I still like the look of the old grips and of that long barrel. Did you consider bobbing the hammer to encourage DAO use?

01-05-2015, 19:02

Now I am looking for a worn M1917 Colt for that project. Thanks!

01-05-2015, 19:18
I like the idea of the ball detent. Even though Colts rotate into the frame, I just feel better having some kind of front lockup.
I love that revolver.

01-05-2015, 19:49
That is awesome.

01-05-2015, 21:13
Two questions:


You think he could cut down a 6" Colt Python? I'd like a 4" or a 3". Just thinking.

01-05-2015, 22:40
Two questions:


You think he could cut down a 6" Colt Python? I'd like a 4" or a 3". Just thinking.

The Python is chambered in .357 Magnum and that cartridge is all about powder capacity for high velocity. It is best used in a long barreled revolver.
The M-1917 above is chambered in .45 ACP, a low pressure round. The bullet is big and slow, thus a much better chambering for a snubbie.

01-05-2015, 22:55
Colt needs to resume production of the New Service in .44 Special, .45 Colt, & .45 ACP. They also need to produce a snubbie variant.