When the supply of M1911 pistols began to run low during World War I, the US Army commissioned a new revolver to augment their supply. The Smith & Wesson Model 1917 was essentially an adaptation of that company's Second Model .44 Hand Ejector, chambered instead for .45 ACP, employing a shortened cylinder allowing for use of half-moon clips, and a lanyard ring on the butt of the square butt frame. This new revolver also served to replace a range of 1890's-era .38 caliber Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers that had demonstrated inadequate stopping power during the Philippine-American War. This double-action revolver features wooden grips and a blade front sight with a rear groove. Its wood bore are in very good condition and its metal is in good condition.