Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

From the Vault: S&W Model 17 Snub Nose

Today, Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem shows us a unique revolver: a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 17. The Model 17 is S&W's long-running .22 LR K-frame target revolver, which usually comes from the factory with a 6" or 8-3/8" barrel. Steve transplanted a .38 Special Model 15 snubbie barrel and installed a .22 rimfire liner. He got the idea from a gun he saw in a museum. Built by Smith & Wesson for the Air Force, it was a prototype for a .22 caliber training variant of the aluminum alloy snub-nosed .38 Special revolvers issued to aircrews in the 1950s. Or at least that's the story! Steve built his snubbie Model 17 for training as well. If you practice enough to land your shots accurately and consistently with the snub-nose's short sight radius, then shooting well with a longer barrel becomes very easy. (OK, the gun also has a heckuva Coolness Factor!) Have you ever seen a snub-nosed .22 revolver like Steve's? Tell us about it in the comments below.

WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

By using this website and viewing this video you are subject to our Terms of Use.