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 Post subject: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:14 am 
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Recently aquired this S&W M1917 "Fitz Special", .45 acp.
The barrel has been shortened to 3", rifling is sharp & smooth, front sight installed, grip frame has been rounded off, hammer bobbed (grooves cut into top of hammer), will shoot single & double action, lanyard ring hole on bottom of the grip frame has been plugged, and the trigger guard cut to a Fitz style. The grips do not appear to be original.
The S&W shoots very nice, shot 26 rounds 230gr FMJ. The sights are well regulated, and the trigger is real smooth. The Smith has some mechanical problems, but that will be addressed later.
Whoever customized this revolver, did a nice job. It also appears to have been done a long time ago.
Per Roy Jinks, the M1917, serial #126xxx, was shipped October, 1918.
Enjoy.

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:41 am 
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Now that is a something special, I really can't stop staring at it!


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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:55 pm 
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Bocephus, my ex-friend..you truly are one SADISTIC S.O.B. to keep tormenting me with these "Fitz" Specials..you DO know that right?? I am going to have to send Mark a request to "lock" your account if this behavior doesn not cease and desist immediately!! (LOL... :lol: ). ANOTHER nice catch sir!! If I might ask...where did you come up with this one?

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:21 pm 
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JR Munsey wrote:
Bocephus, my ex-friend..you truly are one SADISTIC S.O.B. to keep tormenting me with these "Fitz" Specials..you DO know that right?? I am going to have to send Mark a request to "lock" your account if this behavior doesn not cease and desist immediately!! (LOL... :lol: ). ANOTHER nice catch sir!! If I might ask...where did you come up with this one?

I still love you buddy!
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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:08 pm 
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A little teaser!
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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:03 pm 
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wow, really nice. I keep scouting the local gun shows here in WA state in hopes that i will find one like this, really really cool.


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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:37 pm 
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Yeah...I FEEL the "LOVE"..LOL, how do you "unfriend" somebody on here.. :lol: . SERIOUSLY nice collection buddy..at least in partial revenge, I helped "introduce" you to Dave Sams along with the other guys here! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!!

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:58 pm 
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I hate seeing these post. :wink:

I guess now I have to get one.

Bocephus one fine looking revolver. If I saw that no way could I have passed that up.

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:41 pm 
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The S&W "Fitz Special" was sent to Dave Sams. http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com/
It was in need of major repair. The single action is gone, Dave said it was unrepairable. The double action is so smooth, the single action is not needed. Dave Sams got it all straightened out, the S&W Fitz is now good to go for the next 100 years! :)
The S&W wiil eventually be sent to Patrick Grashorn for custom Elk grips. http://www.grashornsgunworks.com/
I am still undecided if I will have the S&W Fitz refinished or not.

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:48 pm 
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Bocephus, don't worry about having it finished..I will take care of that right after it gets here! :D I'm glad Dave took care of you on it, and can't help but note with some amusement that he must be wondering what is going on with all of us. You see, when I first contacted him a few years back about doing my Colt Agent, he had no idea of what a "Fitz Special" was, so I got as much info and pictures together and sent along to him. Now around 4 years later I have lost count (mostly thanks to how-ever-many you now have :lol: ) that he has done. In addition to you and me I know of at least 3 other folks who have sent revolvers to him to have them "Fitzed". (And every single one of us says the same thing about his amazing action work!). Glad you got this one up and running buddy and hope you have a great weekend! Best regards-John

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 Post subject: Re: S&W M1917 "Fitz"
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:08 pm 
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That's an interesting and neat "Fitz" and I think I would stop short of a refinish. Grips maybe, yes, but I like the slightly grizzled finish.

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