I purchased this revolver last summer and I gotta tell you, it is an absolute dream. This is a Smith and Wesson Model 17-3 in .22LR, made when I was not even one year old - more on that later.
I am not sure if this is true, but I would think gun owners tend to lean to models that emulate the first gun that they own as far as preference goes. I sure do. My first gun was a Smith and Wesson Model 13-2, .357 revolver, made in the same frame size as this revolver. Since then I have had an inclination to keep buying this type of revolver - I like the looks, the legend, the history, and, most importantly, I can shoot them 'till the cows come home and never wear them out. On with my range review of this wonderful .22LR revolver. First a bit about my choice of .22LR. I was taking my 13-2 to the range all the time but after a while the .38 rounds wear you out. Sure, it is no .44, but this .22 is no .38 either. The .22 ammo is very cheap, practically everywhere and the gun has virtually no kick. The gun is a bit on the heavy side, though.