Need to identify the age of a S&W 686

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Dr. Marneaus, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    Its not old, obviously, as the 686's came out in 1980 i believe, but today I picked up a very nice pre-lock 686. Looks new, and came with 2 boxes of ammo from when the gun was bought...when was the last time a box of PMC jacketed soft point .357 was $12.99?

    Anybody got one of them magical smith and wesson serial number books laying around?

    Serial is ADF-4xxx

    Because I know I'll get a "this thread is useless without pics"
     

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  2. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    I'm told this would be from November of 1983, can anybody confirm?
     

  3. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Any dash number? If it is an undashed 686 check under the yoke for the letter "M". The first run of 686's had a problem with the hammer nose bushing. The ones modified by Smith (upgraded) were stamped with the M.
     
  4. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    All i know is that it's ADF-4xxx......i believe the dash is there.
     
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    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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  6. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    K, no Dash in the serial number. it reads
    ADF4xxx

    The model number just says Model 686
     
  7. Olympus

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    He doesn't mean in the serial number. What he means is when you drop open the crane and look inside the frame were it says Mod 686, does it have a dash? Like 686-1, 686-2, etc.
     
  8. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    No dash, just says "Mod.686"
     
  9. yogiboobooranger

    yogiboobooranger New Member

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    Take your question here...

    If you were to go here and post your pics and ask your question, you will get an immediate and correct answer. These people on the S&W forum know their stuff!! So go here:S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present
     
  10. glperrault

    glperrault New Member

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    Ok, looking to sell a 686 but not sure how much to ask for.
    Mod.686
    X6579

    Any help would be appreciated
     
  11. jermil01

    jermil01 New Member

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    looking for L frame ID

    I've got a S&W 686 L frame 4 inch barrel that I bought years ago, trying to ID the manufacture date and get any other info I can about it. the numbers read as follows:

    CS 1
    AWP2754
    M
    MOD.686

    Then it has E3 and below it what looks like 2 sets of #'s one overlaying the other.

    any help would be greatly appreciate. thanks.
     
  12. coonbait

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    I would say some time in 1983 sn# awp2759-1987
     
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