1917 Colt 2 3/4" "Big Bear" snub
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    1917 Colt 2 3/4" "Big Bear" snub

    My 2 1/2" snub 1917 is not one of these, but owners of chopped 1917s might find these familiar and where their surplus guns were modified. Barrel length and front side would be the clues. I saw another ad from the same era but without pictures where cut down 1917s were called "Big Bertha". Mine has a front sight someone here once said was made from "hose cutting blades". Seen on a couple other snub 1917s here.



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    I love it. A "like" wasn't enough.
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    Too cool!
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    I love the Snub nose as i have 3 of em in their box. good one here.
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    When is that ad from? Early '60s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hkcavalier View Post
    When is that ad from? Early '60s?
    Zip codes were introduced 1 July 63. so before that date.

    The late Charles "Skeeter" Skelton wrote that he once modified one of these inexpensive M1917 Colts to snubnose length, but reported it was like trying to conceal a grapefruit.
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    Saw a nice 3 ~ 3-1/2in 1917 at a gunshow. Nickeled , black Colt hard rubber grips. The huckster selling it was telling someone it was ''all original and as-issue'' for aircrews during WWI!
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    I would love to have a M1917 snubby (Colt or S&W)...
    But it would have to be really trashed already to even think about butchering one.
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    Matt, The contour of the front sight on your snubbie is unusual. Was it beveled around the edge for some reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lawdog2831 View Post
    I would love to have a M1917 snubby (Colt or S&W)...
    But it would have to be really trashed already to even think about butchering one.
    The one I have started out as a Brazilian S&W- someone else did the work, though. I would have butchered it.
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