First Kid .22 Decided: S&W Model 18 1958 98% No-Dash

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by RS., Jan 28, 2019.

  1. RS.

    RS. Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    My wife is due and I’m having trouble choosing the final installment in the “my collection must be perfect before baby” fit. I want to add a special 22 revolver in 4”. The smith and Wesson models tend to confuse me but I’m looking at the following.

    Model 617
    Model 18 Combat Master
    Model 17 Target Master

    This will end up being an heirloom and something I might have work done on. Help a guy decide. What do you recommend? Doesn’t need to be a smith.
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  2. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    My wife loves her S&W pre lock 63.
    Bottom right with grip filler.
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  3. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    The 617 has a full lugged barrel so it's balance is different than the 17 & 18. Later versions of the 617 has a 10 round cylinder. It's stainless steel (617).
    The 17 & 18 are 6 shot blued revolvers. I believe the last version of the 17 also had a full lugged barrel though I don't ever remember seeing a 4" lugged 17.

    You can't go wrong with any of them, they are all highly shoot-able and revolvers are funner. Good luck with your search.

    For heirloom I'd go with any of them with no dash, meaning the first "edition".
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  4. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    I like all three of your options. ../ the original model 17's & 18's are very nice guns ...model 17's in 4" are very hard to find / model 18's were only made in a 4" / ...there were not many 617's in 6 shot guns made in a 4" .../ the newer guns in the classic series are not made the same as the older guns ....and while they are ok, they feel very different to me...

    The old model 18's will probably be the least expensive of the three you are discussing .../ I think the model 18 is also my favorite ...they tend to have great triggers with very smooth actions ...

    The older 617's ( mine is a (- 1) ...) a 6" and its a 6 shot gun. ...


    617-1 6" at top...( 6 shot )
    Model 18-3 4" in middle ..
    ( Browning Buckmark semi auto at bottom .../ also a nice .22 ...). That was tricked out with Tactical Solutions barrel, compensator, rail, etc..../ its not what you asked about, but Browning makes a nice .22 ....
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  5. RS.

    RS. Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    Thanks to everyone for their input. Picked this up last night on GB. Photos and report to come.

  6. Oldgunner

    Oldgunner Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2018
    A very good choice!
  7. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right... Supporting Addict

    Sep 11, 2012
    Nice revolver. I had taken a good long look at that same listing, 1958 is my birth year...
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  8. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Great choice !! Nice find !!
  9. RS.

    RS. Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2017
    Took the pistol out today. It’s drop dead gorgeous. The bluing is exactly what you’d want.

    Shot 100 rounds. I don’t think I’m going to lake Eley Tenex it’s standard diet. The waxy European target rounds cause build up at the cylinder. Accurate though.

    Couldn’t be happier. Might pick up some eagle secret service grips.

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  10. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Great choice, I'd leave it exactly like it is now.
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  11. Oldgunner

    Oldgunner Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2018
    So, will you bring this to Quantico this May? Just kidding. Revolver competition isn't on the menu. :0)
  12. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    A very sweet heirloom to pass on!

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