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Smith & Wesson 617 No. 160578 22LR, $829

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GUN TESTS GRADE: B+
This is the highest-capacity revolver currently available. It also offers a great single-action trigger.

Smith & Wesson 617 No. 160578 22LR, $829

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The action was smooth, and we couldn't tell one index from another despite interaction with ten different ratchets.
We think the key to avoiding stacking in the Smith & Wesson revolvers is the use of a torsion bar or leaf spring instead of coiled wire. The screw at the bottom of the frame is the strain screw, which serves to both retain and pre-load the spring.
The front sight was a true patridge-style target blade pinned into place.

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