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M1917s of both types
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:27:33 PM »
One of my local gun shops has both a S&W M1917 revolver ($650) and a Winchester M1917 rifle. ($995)

Not sure how many of the parts on the rifle are Winchester, but the stock is marked "American Legion Post 459" even though the rifle appears fully functional.  I though them and the VFW only got non-functional ones for ceremonial use.

And me without much in the way of free $$$.  :'(
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    Re: M1917s of both types
    « Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 05:33:09 PM »
    That sounds a little high for a 1917 rifle, doesn't it?
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    Re: M1917s of both types
    « Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 05:48:56 PM »
    just did a quick google and found American Legion Post 459.  3 listed, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey.   wonder which one it is.    As I recall, the Legion posts used to get rifles from CMP or the Dept. of the Army for ceremonial purposes.  I was under the impression most had been either deactivated or modified to accept blanks only for funeral service salutes.  I was also under the impression that legion posts were not allowed to sell them, but had to return them to the Dept of the Army when they were no longer required.    I could be wrong,  it's been known to happen. 
     It would be interesting to learn the story of that rifle.


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    Re: M1917s of both types
    « Reply #3 on: December 12, 2012, 07:42:24 PM »
    If the parts are all Winchester, the price goes up.

    I supposed it's possible that the Post was done with it, sent it back to the Army/CMP, CMP sold it, and it's been sold at least once more since then (to the gun store at a minimum.)
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    Re: M1917s of both types
    « Reply #4 on: December 12, 2012, 08:04:52 PM »
     Ah...hmm...uhm...welllll...might depend on the post and when they got them...

    I happen to know a "de-activated" German machine gun (not sure model) that was hanging in a local VFW post got "lost" when "people" found out it was....ah...not so much, to prevent it's total loss/cutup.     I can imagine that at one point there might have been unofficial/real rifles in use.

     As for price...I can't say on these guns I know much, depends on condition/matching parts.  This spring I bought a Remington 1917, all-matching, mint bore, worn outside for $450.   
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    M1917s of both types
    « Reply #5 on: December 12, 2012, 10:34:18 PM »
    The revolver is a steal depending on condition. I've been trying to hunt one down, and they go from $6-850.
    For the rifle, it could be a bit high, but nice battle rifles from WWI aren't getting easier to find. Although, this being marked w/ Legion numbers should lower the price.


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