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Old 12-20-2023, 11:34 PM
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Tennexplorer posted this one HERE a few years ago, but here is the back story on it, as well as some more pictures.

My father purchased this well worn 1937 Brazilian Contract 1917 in 1986 with the express purpose of shortening it to a carry gun. It was nothing special, just a kinda beat second contract 1937 bought for the princely sum of $125 from some gun shop in Denver while he was there at Colorado School of Trades. He rebuilt the front sight in 1991 and opened up the notch as a stopgap to make it more shootable, but the project stalled there. In 1993, it got damp in storage and rusted, so he stripped the finish and kept it oiled with plans to rework it in future. In the meantime, it was the first centerfire handgun my brother and I shot, and it was taken out occasionally for a range day and was generally one of the central handguns in his collection. You can see in the first picture the dykem and scribe mark at 4” that he had on there for almost 20 years.



Fast forward to mid 2019, and he'd never gotten around to it, and unfortunately got a cancer diagnosis. Drastic times calling for drastic measures, my younger brother shamelessly "stole" it out of his safe and brought it to me to do the work, since I had finally gotten my own shop opened.

Dad had always had an obsession with a 3.5” RM/M27, but with a family to support and the usual other expenses, never stumbled on one cheap enough he felt comfortable buying. (This is an interesting part of another story I will likely tell at a later date) Therefore my brothers and I decided to make this gun into a 3.5” gun to have the same feel, minus the rib and shroud of course.

On receipt of the appropriated revolver, I shortened and recrowned the barrel to 3.5”, machined a new M10-5-esque ramped front sight from bar stock, and fixed the endshake and timing issues it had developed in the 73 years it had been around. While it was apart it got a trigger job, and since the original case hardening on the hammer and trigger were long gone, they got polished, and the trigger face radiused for better DA work.
Refinishing was the final step, with the majority of the revolver was satin blued similar to original, but the front sight and entire topstrap were matte blued for anti glare.









Also while I had it I had a J. W. O'Rourke holster made for the 3.5” barrel, and put some faux ivory magnas and a BK twin clip grip adapter. We presented it back to him at Thanksgiving 2019, and he called us all names that might violate forum rules, but he absolutely loved it.

Dad completed his battle with cancer in Sept of 23, and I keep this close at hand now. It gets shot a lot, and everyone with even a tiny bit of revolver appreciation who handles it attempts to buy it.
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Old 12-20-2023, 11:36 PM
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Old 12-20-2023, 11:39 PM
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forgive the upside down pics, I had them edited on the computer but it decided to flip them on upload.
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I have shot it, and it is really great. So great that Keegan was kind enough to make me a copy of it from a 1917 parts gun I had. The only difference is mine has a 4 " barrel.
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Nice job on the revolver! I normally prefer a 4” barrel on my N frames but might make an exception for that one, even if it meant finding a new holster.

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Love the gun and the story! Glad he had a few years to enjoy it.

Do you still do this kind of work?
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O.P. is barrel 3.5"? Really nice custom revolver. When Thumper speaks everyone listens.
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O.P. is barrel 3.5"? Really nice custom revolver. When Thumper speaks everyone listens.
Re-read the orginal post- my question is answered.
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This is the four inch version. It is a parts gun that had a really badly re-blued commercial frame. We went for the bead blasted blue.





It weighs a little less than 35 ounces. In my opinion it's what the Victory Model should have been, but I understand the logistics and priorities of the time.
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i do appreciate a nice Brazilian....
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It weighs a little less than 35 ounces. In my opinion it's what the Victory Model should have been, but I understand the logistics and priorities of the time.
I like that 4”! When it needs a new home, let me know. I will get a double holster rig and pair it with this,





Even the front sights are similar. Mine is 35 ounces also.

Here it is sets up for a Sunday.





What finish is on yours? I might need to get mine redone.

edit, I just reread the post, bead blast blue. Got it. Looks very good.

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Beautiful story, and revolver, OP. Thank you for sharing it with us!
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It weighs a little less than 35 ounces. In my opinion it's what the Victory Model should have been, but I understand the logistics and priorities of the time.

Wow! That is gorgeous, in such a subtle, understated way.
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Beautiful story, and revolver, OP. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Thanks for the kind words, not only was it a sentimental project, it was also a project I really enjoyed.

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It weighs a little less than 35 ounces. In my opinion it's what the Victory Model should have been, but I understand the logistics and priorities of the time.

This one was honestly hard to send back.
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Snagged a good picture of it the other day in its current configuration.

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I worked with an "Old School" detective back in the 70's. He was also a machinist and pretty good gunsmith. He took a 1917 and shortened the barrel to 3 1/2", added a patridge front sight, and of course an action job, removed and plugged the lanyard ring, had it nickeled and used it for his every day carry with three moon clips until they furnished us with bottom feeders. I got to shoot it several times and it was accurate at 50 yards and even more accurate at 25 yards. He died about 20 years and and his daughter still has it and won't sell it. It got hm out of a situation once.
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Are those S&W Tuskoid stocks?

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Are those S&W Tuskoid stocks?

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No, they're bonded ivory by altamont. The fit isn't the greatest, as one would expect, but that's how dad had it set up.
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