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Best Modified / Customized S&W 14 82.35%
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Old 04-26-2018, 11:13 AM
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Couple more guns probably should go in this thread. Seems like there are other multiple entries, so why not!

This one was done by some particularly talented gun makers as a gift for my dad, the sights are real and added to the already pretty fantastic base gun:






This 1917 is in my top 5 favorite guns, and will always remain there I believe. It was sold to me by a wonderful gentleman that I will certainly be buying more stuff from in the future as soon as my post-married life settles down a bit financially.











Some of you may recognize the work, at least some of the work as being listed in your King catalog:



A couple of interesting notes about it:

The stocks are walrus ivory, and despite Elmer Keith's note about how much they shrink they seem to have done well over the years.






The barrel band is interesting. One of the things I love about old King work was that if they could save time by grabbing something already made, they would (I have another favorite gun that went to the SFPD which illustrates this). In this case to get the proper height they seem to have grabbed a rifle band. I'm not sure if the person who had the gun done wanted the mirror, or if that was just a bonus.











Also the hammer is actually a Registered Magnum hammer. This results in an interesting and distinct stage in the action. I think King was doing this intentionally, I have another with an RM hammer on it to, but a bit more plain:




This gun just had a factory rear sight added, and a king front sight, along with the RM hammer addition and action work.

In the case of this gun the distinct stage isn't present, but it's a faster, snappier, pull then any other pre-war S&W I have. It's extremely nice in DA shooting, and I'm very keen to buy more RM hammer modified 1917s to see if there as anything else people did with this job. In my limited experience it seems to have been a thing.

Another favorite of mine is one that I know won't win any prizes, but I love it for being an example of what King would do for you if you asked.







The front sight is marked king, and the rear sight appears to be a King blade that they just tossed in there, backwards, so that the white outline was facing forward.



I love this because it really says something about the shop. This gun being something a local police officer, or someone who got it from the police at some point, needed to have good sights on it. Dropped by and King tossed a blade they had already made in there to save time on the job.

I wasn't sure this was actually a King job initially. I thought maybe someone had just ordered King parts. I still can't prove it's a king, but when Roy's lovely wife completed the letter for it, all doubt was erased in my mind based on where it had shipped:



Ultimately though that's a big part of why you might say I'm more of a King collector then anything now. I just love this bit that they put into their catalogs:



Boy, if I had a time machine what special jobs I would have for them!

There are some dream guns I hope to find some day that they did. For example an I-Frame, or better yet a Baby Chief with the super police sights and set of ropers. I bet it exists, but I have yet to see one outside of a particularly ornate example that also had a fitz job done to it.

The notion that King would do basically whatever, with clear examples of that willingness, really makes for a fun collecting field for me.

Although, I must admit, it does result in me foraying into Colts a lot more often then I ever thought I would, but when modified I really love some of my old Colts too. That said I could never imagine pairing up any set of S&W and Colt competitor pistols straight from the factory and choosing the Colt. Even one of my Colt Factory Modified guns used a S&W rear sight on it. There's something utterly fantastic about the guys at Colt doing up a pistol custom for someone, and getting a S&W part to put on it...

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In the interest of piling on,

Here's an early 1917 that was factory modified to 45 Colt and nickeled. Considering what that 45 Colt 44 HE 2nd Model just sold for, buying the modified guns for a small fraction works better for me.




Then there's the big bores with checkered topstraps





And finally, another King OD (though I have no idea if they actually did the work), but for a lefty (hammer, trigger shoe, rear blade, not sure of the front blade, and a sweet action job)



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VOTE TODAY, See NEW THREADS FOR VOTING. Thank you.
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From the original post of NEW CONTEST / The best modified / customized
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As I stated in my first post, post 37, STEELSLAVER, modified Brazilian to rifle. This pistol is so modified that it is no longer a pistol but a rifle.
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I really like #9. Taking a big bore top break double action and making iy into a really nice carry gun. Neat
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Hey, Guys.... I think that you have to vote in separate threads, I'll post links here to make it a little easier:

VOTE HERE: The best modified / customized S&W 5/1/2018

VOTE HERE: Best Rube Goldberg-esque S&W 5/1/2018

VOTE: Best accesory on any S&W submitted in Contest 5/1/2018

Hope I did that right, Sal.

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Don't forget to vote on 3 categories in separate posts.
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Winners announced. That was fun. Thanks everyone.
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