Smith & Wesson Model 317 AirLite: Reliable, Expensive
Some outdoorsmen prefer a rimfire handgun they can carry in their pocket or tackle box. For this, you need a .22 LR revolver that is smaller and lighter than those covered in this issue. One such revolver is the Smith & Wesson Model 317 AirLite.
As its name suggests, the Model 317 AirLite is extremely lightweight and compact. When equipped with a two-inch barrel, this small-frame double action revolver weighs in at 9.5 ounces with wood grips or 10.5 ounces with a rubber grip.
Why does this 8-shot model weigh so little? It has an aluminum alloy frame, barrel and cylinder. The cylinder’s chambers are reinforced with steel inserts. The barrel has a steel liner and forcing cone.