photo of Smith and Wesson model 617 .22 revolver, showing stainless finish and Hogue rubber grips

The Smith and Wesson model 617 is a full-size, full weight .22 target revolver. It's a great choice for target shooting, or just for practicing with inexpensive .22 ammunition with the equivalent of your full size, full caliber revolver. The 617 is constructed entirely of stainless steel, and has a matte finish. At 45 ounces, it's certainly not going to be anyone's choice for a carry gun, but will prove itself at the range.

The full underlug 6" barrel gives the 617 exceptional balance. The Hogue rubber grips have finger grooves for a positive hold on the gun, and the rubber is soft enough for comfort, but not so soft as to let your hands move when holding it.

The 617 features an adjustable black rear target sight, and a pinned partridge-style front sight blade. The trigger is a smooth target style, as is the hammer.

If you're looking for a great target pistol, or simply an inexpensive way to practice with a full-size revolver, check out the model 617.


Caliber: .22 LR
Capacity: 6 Rounds
Barrel Length: 6" Full Lug
Front Sight: Pinned Patridge
Rear Sight: Adjustable Black
Grip: Hogue Rubber
Trigger: .400" Smooth Target
Hammer: .500" Target
Frame: Medium
Finish: Satin Stainless
Overall length: 11-1/8"
Material: Stainless Steel
Weight Empty: 45 ounces

Also available in a 4" barrel version.

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Smith and Wesson Model 617 Reviews:

Overall Rating: review stars, 5 out of 5 possible stars 5 out of 5
By Farley, Pittsburgh, PA
October 22, 2012

Primary use: Target Shooting

"The Smith & Wesson 617 is a finely crafted, dependable handgun. I bought a used but relatively new handgun and have shot about 400 rounds through it without incident. Ammo used was Federal Bulk box from Wal-Mart. The gun has performed flawlessly. I tuned in the sights and it shoots better than I do. (Any .22 handgun must be kept clean.)

Highly recommended!"

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