Patrick Kelley never ceases to entertain with his Out of the Box and into the Match review series. This time around, Patrick chose to get a brand new Smith & Wesson 617 revolver and try it out at a Steel Challenge match. He had been in the market for a .22 LR revolver, but had yet to settle on one. Enter the 10 round, double action 617! Like previous episodes of this series, Mr. Kelley only gave the S&W 617 a quick cleaning and lubing before shooting it. No other alterations were made on this stock firearm. Armed with a brick of Fiocchi .22 Long Rifle ammo and his superior shooting skills, Patrick put the rimfire revolver through its paces! Take a few minutes to watch how the S&W 617 performed at the match:
Out of the box, Patrick had a few worries about the quality. The fit and finish were off between the barrel and frame, something that is disappointing when you drop good money on a firearm from one of America’s oldest brands. He also thought the trigger was a little too heavy, clocking in around 12 pounds. On his first string, the S&W 617 had a couple misfires, but with a fresh coat of oil, you can sometimes have an issue with the revolver’s firing pin not slamming forward hard enough. Unfortunately, it seemed these light fires continued to occur throughout the match. After taking it home to do some work on it, he found that the revolver came with a short firing pin, leading to the amount of soft hits. Patrick mused that the headspace may be a bit too large, leading to the need for a longer firing pin. Combined with the fit and finish problems, Patrick was quite displeased.
Not every gun is a winner, but for the cost of this revolver and the name engraved on it, you’d think the quality would be much better. Mr. Kelley suggested that if you want to get one yourself, get your hands on it in person so you know what level of quality you’re getting.
Have you had the same experience with the S&W 617? Let us know in the comments!
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