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Old 12-24-2009, 01:23 PM
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Greetings and a Merry Christmas to all of you. As usual, I'm seeking to pick your brains of the S&W knowledge you have stored there. I have a S&W Model 1917 commercial and have a question about the grips. When I got it, many years ago when they wern't worth much,it had a set of "magna" grips on it. I have since changed them with the older style grips (newly Mfg"d) by S&W. My question is this: When did S&W go to the Magna style grips. I have a letter from Mr. Roy Jinks stating that this gun (Serial # 1738XX) was shipped from the factory in 1921. It also states it was shipped with checkered walnut grips. I saw one a while back on Guns America's web site, with a serial # not too much higher than mine with Magna grips and the seller stated that it was 100% original. Both, of course, are checkered grips and the pictures I sent to Mr. Jinks were not commented upon. So whatdoyathink??????? Thanks for any and all input.
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I am gonna go out on a limb here and say I highly doubt even commercial 1917's were shipped with Magnas. I believe the commercial guns were probably shipped with checkered service type grips with medallions.

Magna grips predate WW2 by a few years, but there is a noticable difference between the pre-war variation and the post war grips on your gun. Below is a picture of a set of pre-war magnas.



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Curtis,
Thanks for the information.
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are these guns safe to fire with modern 45 acp
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"are these guns safe to fire with modern 45 acp "

Of course. The ballistics of the WWI .45 ACP military cartridge is essentially the same as the standard .45 ACP cartridge made today. I suppose some handloads could be made up hot enough to avoid using them in a M1917. The M1917s had heat-treated cylinders for maximum strength. The Army required it.
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Welcome to the forum.

Just a tip to a new member. You are better served starting your own thread if you need information. This is an old thread from 2009. FWIW
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