I was a little surprised to see that YouTube gun guru Nutnfancy was not impressed with the S&W 317 8-shot .22 revolver but after watching his review I totally agree even without firing one for myself. The crux of the matter is that this is a $650 kit gun and it’s not perfect out the box. In my mind that price tag is high for any gun, but for a .22 you’re going to shove in a tackle box or take on a hike it’s outrageously high. As Nutnfancy says if the gun was perfect out the box it might be a good value – but it’s not perfect out the box and seemingly performs on par with less expensive guns that you wouldn’t mind getting banged up on the trail.
I feel the same about S&W’s “mountain gun” which was a .45 colt double action. I handled one in a gun shop and liked it – but it cost $800 used. At the time you could by a Judge for half the price. S&W is really a rich man’s gun company which is fine as long as you’re getting great value. In this case you’re apparently not: