S&W Model 1917 .45 ACP revolver

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.

 
 

 

Overview

 The Smith and Wesson Model 1917 revolver has a 6 shot swing-out cylinder, is chambered for .45 ACP and has an exposed hammer.

The S&W Model 1917 was requested by the US Army and chambered in .45 ACP, to supplement the Colt 1911 auto pistols that were in short supply. These revolvers were also made by Colt.

By utilising ‘half moon clips’ the revolver was able to use the rimless .45 ACP cartridge thus simplifying ordnance supply by both pistols using one calibre.

The Model 1917 was made from 1917 until 1950, not only on military contracts (these models had a lanyard ring on the butt) but also for export to Brazil for example and also finished in a commercial grade blueing for the civilian market.

A robust and accurate revolver the Model 1917 was highly regarded by shooters and the better finished commercial models are sought after.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for US military from WWI up to its phasing out of the service at the end of WWII. Can still be seen in civilian use up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a S&W U.S. Service Model 1917 revolver. It is chambered in .45 ACP, has standard walnut grips, a lanyard ring and is in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

Added bonus with revolvers is the option of blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A revolver also has some of the most distinctive loading sounds when cylinder is snapped closed or the hammer cocked. Worth the trouble of getting some good close miked wild tracks of these sounds – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.