This will be my review of the S&W model 317. I like the 317 it’s a basic eight shot revolver. It’s made out of some new alloy so it weighs less than a pound. Some of you may know it as a J frame model meaning that it is a small revolver. It is very concealable – small and light. I’ve seen some people call it a “kit gun.”
What I like about it is that it is small, holds eight shots and is .22 caliber. I have nothing against semi-autos, but semis are kind of fussy. You need your magazine otherwise your semi is can only be used as a club or a stone. Semis are also a bit choosy about what kind of ammo they like. On the downside, and it’s a biggie, it’s just a little .22 so you won’t be doing any big game hunting with the 317, but that’s not why you carry it with you. And forget about finding any speedloaders for it. Another downside is that it is tough to find holsters for a 3″ barrel J frame. This is a Bianchi. I like IWB for everyday concealed carry, but this Bianchi is comfortable for being out and about.
If big brother ever comes a knocking they’ll be trying to outlaw the big, bad, scary semis and most likely lever actions, pump and revolvers will be left still legal. If you own another J frame revolver you can use the little 317 for target practice and still become more proficient with your center fire.
Being a .22 I can carry a lot more ammo. Ammo is still cheap for it too. You can get 50 rounds for $2.50 and get 500 round bricks for 25 or 30 bucks. An old pill bottle filled holds a pretty fair amount and assortment of ammo.
The 317 shoots fine. It has an adjustable rear sight and a fiber optic type of front sight. It’s not the most accurate, but within 25 yards it’s plenty accurate for my eyes. I can’t imagine trying to hit anything beyond 25 yards with the 317. I can shoot hundreds of rounds through it before my hand even starts to think about being tired. It’s great for shooting at jugs and such. If need be you could harvest plenty of game with it.
If I could only take one firearm with me and I had to get out of dodge you know this may be it. Hide it anywhere. It weighs nothing. Extra 22 ammo can be bought ANYWHERE. You can carry thousands of rounds. The round is fine for squirrels and birds and even some larger game.
There’s a great review of the S&W model 317 by Jeff Quinn here.
Get outside everyday!! This is the flower of skunk cabbage. If you live in the northern US near water I bet there is some growing near you.
Skunk cabbage is a weird plant. The young leaves are edible, but first you need to thoroughly dry them as in dehydrate very well in the sun or a dehydrator. If you fail to dry or dehydrate thoroughly, as Wild Man Bill says, ‘it will feel like 1,000,000 tiny pins prickling your tongue. OUCH!! Boiling doesn’t destroy the stinging substance, only thorough drying of the young leaves.
The upside is that because skunk cabbage contains so many active substances in it that it has many medicinal properties. The ground root was used for toothaches and the ground leaves for itching and rheumatism. A root tincture was used as an expectorant too. At high doses though it is poisonous so you gotta get your own books and do your own research.