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Old 07-14-2009, 01:34 PM   #1
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Found this one local on Gunbroker for a very reasonable price. It's a pre-lock 686 (no dash model) with the factory target stocks. It locks up tighter than a bank vault. Always nice to find a classic S&W at a reasonable price...

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Old 07-14-2009, 01:56 PM   #2
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That's one of my favorite revolvers. My problem is that most pre-lock S&W revolvers are my favorite revolvers and Ruger makes some of my favorite revolvers too.

My only problem is lack of funds.

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Thats a fine looking 686.

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The 686 with 4" barrel is my favourite .357, and the wood stocks look much better than the new rubber ones.

Congratulations!

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If it is a "pre-dash" 686 check the frame under the crane for an "M" stamp. The first runs had a problem with the hammer nose bushing that caused excess primer flow. This can lock up the action and potentially bleed gasses back toward your face.

S&W recalled these and installed new hammer nose bushings. The frames were stamped with an "M" indicating they had been modified.

L-Frames are really sweet revolvers. With a little trigger work they will rival a Python. Nice find!

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If it is a "pre-dash" 686 check the frame under the crane for an "M" stamp. The first runs had a problem with the hammer nose bushing that caused excess primer flow. This can lock up the action and potentially bleed gasses back toward your face.

S&W recalled these and installed new hammer nose bushings. The frames were stamped with an "M" indicating they had been modified.

L-Frames are really sweet revolvers. With a little trigger work they will rival a Python. Nice find!
No "M" stamp so it hasn't been back for the recall. As this won't be a carry gun, I may send it may not...
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Beautiful gun! I really like the look of that handgrip.

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If it is a "pre-dash" 686 check the frame under the crane for an "M" stamp...
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The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

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The modification will not be needed if you do not shoot full house Magnums. lighter loads should not stress the primers enough to worry about. I have never heard of "Collector Value" being diminished because of the factory fix (modification).

I would send it off to be safe.

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