New old S&W

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by NGIB, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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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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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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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. :D
     

  3. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    Thats a fine looking 686.
     
  4. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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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!
     
  5. SWAirweight

    SWAirweight New Member

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    Purley a work of art. Smith and Wesson, Saftey, Security, Protection,and Sport.
     
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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!
     
  7. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    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...
     
  8. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Beautiful gun! I really like the look of that handgrip.

    The level of in-depth knowledge on this forum consistently impresses me.
     
  9. buy_vigrxplus

    buy_vigrxplus New Member

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    Diane S. Avery

    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  11. BILLYBOB44

    BILLYBOB44 New Member

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    Sweet find NGIB

    Good looking 686. I traded for a 4" 681 awhile back, and have been very happy with it. It shoots well, and to point of aim with most .357s. I know it sounds backwards, but I really like the no-snag, fixed sights on the 681 better than those on the 686.:confused: Have fun with the 686 and don't be timid about running full house 357s through it-that's what the L frame is made for.!!!:D
     
  12. Stealie

    Stealie New Member

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    Congrats, I have one just like it. Old S&W wheelguns are the best.