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    Blind hog finds an acorn ... and a New Service Commercial Model 1917

    Yesterday, I stopped-in at a nearby gun store to check up on the current price of an item I'd been watching for some time: the price kept falling and I'd decided when it reached a certain point, I'd buy it. It had and I did, BUT: while concluding that deal, I noticed what appeared to be a virtually new Colt 1917 lying in the same case. It was marked with what would have been a VERY reasonable price for a G.I. 1917 Colt in that condition - but when I examined it closely, it became evident that it was a commercial Colt 1917. I already had a 'thing' for New Service Colts (2 1917s and a very nice 1909), so, after dithering for all of five minutes, I bought the Colt, too. Not being a true Colt collector, and being aware that S&W had built commercial 1917 type revolvers for many years, I supposed Colt had done likewise. When I started studying-up on the Colt, however, it appeared that that was not entirely correct, and that Colt may have made only 'about 1000' commercial versions of its 1917, and only in one year - 1932.
    The Colt also came with what appears to be its original contemporary custom holster, and, having likely lived in the holster all those years, is in truly remarkable shape, with almost no visible wear. It has been shot, but obviously very little (it came with a half box of vintage .45 AR ammunition).
    So, I'd appreciate opinions and information as to the correctness of what I think I know about this revolver.DSC00872.JPGDSC00873.JPGDSC00864.JPGDSC00865.JPGDSC00866.JPG



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    And a few more photos:

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    A very nice score sir...

    I will allow the experts to render their judgments...

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    A very nice find. Everything you mention about the civilian model of the 1917 is correct, and from what I can see in your pictures, it does appear to be a civilian model 1917. Front sight, grips, barrel markings are all correct. I don't know about the holster but it does look like it could be of the age of the gun. Congrats.
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    Ketch:

    Thank you for the response and confirmation!

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    I doubt it actually lived in that holster all these years looking that nice, the holster would have held moisture and ruined the finish ...

    Other wise beautiful pistol.

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    Sweet. Beautiful piece.
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    A very fine looking revolver! I have no idea what it cost you, but you do have something nice to show for your money!
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    I have one of it's stablemates from that batch of 1,000. I wish mine was in as nice a condition. And I absolutely am coveting that holster!
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    Geez-Louise, I got to get me one of them blind hogs!! Beautiful revolver and holster. Any maker's mark on that holster?
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