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
Single-action wheelgun fanciers rejoice - this one's for you! It took no persuasion at all to get Keith and Steve to head back to Rock Island Auction Company so they could check out this rare Colt Bisley Flattop Target revolver. The Bisley is the late 19th Century's equivalent of the tricked-out Colt 1911 Gold Cup. It's the target variant of the Single Action Army, named after the famous Bisley shooting range in Surrey, England. Less than 1,000 of these Flattop target Bisleys were made, and this
Our intrepid Gun Techs Keith and Steve have returned to Rock Island Auction Co. where they've uncovered a very rare Mauser 1912/14 prototype pistol. It's the Model 1910 (.25 ACP) and Model 1914 (.32 ACP or "7.65 Browning" to Europeans) pocket pistol platform scaled up to service pistol size so it could shoot the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger or 9x19mm) cartridge. The Rock Island gun is No. 31 of the Model 1912/14 prototypes and one of only 8 or 9 total (!) imported into the United States. Keith
From the Vault: Smith & Wesson Model 53
Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford travel to Rock Island Auction Company to explore the Colt .357, the precurser to the Colt Python.
Guntechs Steve Ostrem and Keith Ford go over the Smith and Wesson ASP.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem vist the Rock Island Auction House to talk about a Welrod Mark II.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about a pair of Colt Target Guns.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about a Colt Match Target Woodsman.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction House to talk about a AF2011-A1 Double Barrel from Arsenal Firearms.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction Company to talk about an 1898 Schwarzlose automatic pistol.
Gun Techs Keith Ford and Steve Ostrem visit the Rock Island Auction House to talk about the Smith & Wesson No 1 and 2 Revolvers.
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