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Old 10-19-2010, 02:24 AM
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I picked up one up 3 weeks ago. I shot it last week. I am going to get rid of it this weekend. The lesson I learned? Never buy kitgun with a shotgun front sight! Yes, I know I can change out the front sight. I'll just go back to shooting my old and true 43.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:43 AM
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You know - a picture would help alot, what is the problem with it? Besides it has a shotgun front sight - how is the sight made?
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It has a green fiber optic dot matched with a v rear leaf. I can live with the rear sight. The front sight completly covers the targets I shoot at so it's guessing game where the round will impact. .0025 of an inch off in yor sights = about 2 inches at 25 yrds. Throw in a 3 inch bbl and 50 year old eyes I look like I have never shot a handgun before. With my S&W 43, 34 and 51 I have a narrow front blade and tight square rear nocth. A 2" dot at 25 yrds is a hit more times then not. The 317-3 is a great little gun. No malfunctions. The trigger is even OK. But I can't live with front sight. I do not own a digital camara. I had one but one of my kids wanted it more than I did.
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I have the exact same gun. The front sight is a Hi Viz sight. For my old eyes, it works out great.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:32 AM
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That is factory built, if that is the only thing that is wrong with it, then you just what to trade, want something new to shoot. I have one buddy just like that.
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At 63 I too find the newer hi viz front sights a blessing, not a curse. On one of my older guns? Never, I don't play with what was an original gun. But on the newer guns, these sights are just fine, IMHO.

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My 62 year old eyes dictated adding a green HiViz to both my 4" x10 617 and 5" x8 63. Actually, the 3" 317K was considered because of it's HiViz sight! I put an orange HiViz on my new 6" 66-6 over seven years ago - before I ever shot it. I bought the 5" h-l 686+ because it came from S&W with an orange HiViz. My 625JM and 627 Pro got orange HiViz sights, too - even if they can be changed without tools - in seconds. I like the colorful searchlights. Granted - better bullseye groups can be made with thinner sights - a gold beaded Patridge sight, like the stock sight on the 625JM, is a better bullseye sight. For M.O.P. ('Minute Of Plinker') shooting - especially steel plates, the HiViz is fine - and a fast acquisition. Everyone is different, of course.

Another problem with the 317K - it's a Airweight J-frame - and has a stout hammer spring - weighs nothing. I changed my 63's hammer spring for the stiffest of the trio I got in a J-frame kit from Wolff. I also changed the rebound spring - the combination really helped the DA pull, while rebound slide, etc, cleaning & polishing - not on engagement surfaces - made it smoother. With that super lite weight 3" 317 - and it's stock trigger, little wonder your accuracy isn't great. I'll bet the trigger is a larger part of your grouping problems than HiViz sight - just a guess. Think it through - and try more ammo downrange - before you take a bath and sell the 317K!

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Here is my 317:

I'm actually real happy with it, at least for now. Although not match grade accuracy, I have no problems putting holes in soda cans at 15 yards. I did change out the grips and that did make a little difference in the handling.
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