Alternate Title: Finally, We See the New & Improved Model 17!
I really was hoping that I'd have to postpone this gun pr0n one more week. Last Saturday, at the GOAL Banquet, I bid on a succession of fine firearms, but did not manage to acquire any. Obviously, I blame George Bush and his eeevil gun show loophole...
However, there is an upside - I finally get to put up the picture of the corrected Model 17 that I promised, oh, three weeks ago... As I mentioned in that long-ago post, I had acquired a Model 19 with the 4" barrel last summer, and it came with the target grips from Smith & Wesson. The Model 17 was sporting a pair of Hogue Monogrips, which replaced a garish pair of faux wood (read: genuine plastique) Safariland grips.
In the run-up to my second new shooter outing earlier this month, I had grabbed the trusty Model 17 and the 19 at the same time. Looking at them, it struck me that the grips really ought to be swapped - the recoil-reducing Monogrips were much better served on the .357 Magnum Model 19, and the checkered target grips were made for the Model 17 in the minimally recoiling .22lr.
Here's what she looks like decked out in her Sunday finest:
Damn, but that's a beautiful wheelgun... Much better with the original S&W target grips to go with the target hammer and trigger... And the good folks at Smith & Wesson really know their stuff - those grips work awesome on the Model 17. I was nailing clay pigeons on the 25 yard berm at the pistol range with alarming frequency...
That is all.