Smith & Wesson Model 17
|Smith & Wesson Model 17|
Smith & Wesson Model 17 K-22 revolver
|Type||Double action revolver|
|Place of origin||USA|
|Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson|
|Barrel length||6 in (150 mm)|
|Cartridge||.22 Long Rifle|
|Action||Double action revolver|
|Feed system||6 round (Model 17) or 10 round (Model 617) cylinder|
Smith & Wesson's Models 16 and 17 have their origins with the company's Pre-World War 2 Hand Ejector series in the 1930s. These 2 revolver models debuted as Companion pieces known as the Models K-22 and K-32 after World War 2. The K-32 Masterpiece (Model 16) debuted in 1935 and was chambered in .32 S&W Long caliber. Production ceased during World War 2 and the revolver was reintroduced in 1947 with the K-22 Masterpiece (Model 17.32 S&W Long caliber.
The Model 16 was dropped from production in 1983 due to the declining popularity of the .32 S&W Long caliber and the Model 17 was discontinued in 1998 as the company focussed less on blued steel revolvers at the time.
The Model 17 has an adjustable rear sight and a ramp style front sight with an orange insert. It was designed as a target revolver and originally made use of Magna Grips that werre developed to cushion the recoil of the .357 Magnum cartridge.
The Smith & Wesson Model 18 (or the 22 Combat Masterpiece) is a 4-inch barreled, double action revolver, with adjustable open sights, chambered for the .22 long rifle designed as a training weapon for law enforcement officials and others who carried .38 Special and larger caliber revolvers because the Model 18 operates and handles in a similar fashion, but uses low-recoiling and inexpensive .22 rimfire ammunition. It was discontinued in 1985.
In the late 1950's there was considerable interest in the shooting community for revolvers chambered in various .22 caliber wildcat cartridges. Smith & Wesson sought to take advantage of this by unveiling a cartridge known as the .22 remington CFM (Centerfire Magnum) cartridge or the .22 Jet and chambered a version of the Model 17 in this caliber designating it the Model 53.
The Model 53 was manufactured from 1960 to 1974.
The Model 17 was discontinued in 1998, but in 2009 was reintroduced as the Model 17 Masterpiece.
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