Anyone know where I can get a Medusa cylinder for the S&W 686?


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tellner
December 25, 2006, 05:35 AM
I've been looking for one of these for a while and have been striking out. If anyone knows where to find one I'd be much obliged.

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GEM
December 25, 2006, 12:12 PM
Todd, didn't one of the custom cowboy revolver makers take over the Medusa line after Colt gave it up?

Might be - http://www.reedercustomguns.com/

Did you google it? Of course - duh.

tellner
December 25, 2006, 12:24 PM
I've been searching online for a few years. No real luck yet. Haven't seen anything at the arms auction sites or Shotgun News when a copy lands in the shopping basket.

Onmilo
December 25, 2006, 04:14 PM
ATF allowed production of the multi caliber Medusa after the company agreed to use special rifling and a bullet marker pin in the bore of the revolvers.
The S&W does not have these features and a Medusa cylinder can not be easily fitted to the 686 revolver.

You may find a Medusa revolver that has been cannabalized for parts but it would take some doing and price would be excessive.

tellner
December 25, 2006, 04:42 PM
P&R made a Medusa cylinder specifically as an aftermarket for the S&W 686. They also had a .45 ACP/LC cylinder for the Vaquero.

Jim Watson
December 25, 2006, 06:03 PM
The outfit has been de and funked for years. Finding an unfitted cylinder will take considerable luck.

It is possible to ream a 686's chambers to 9x23 and cut for moon clips. The gun will now shoot 9x23, .38 Super, and 9mm P. Probably those less common 9mms you find in the bazaar like Largo, Steyr, Glisenti, Browning Long, etc. Probably not .380.
It will still shoot .38 Spl and .357 in their own clips but the brass will bulge into the tapered auto chambers and not be reloadable.

http://www.moonclips.com/9x23.htm

Pinnacle will do the conversion but do not say anything about using .38 Special. It might, you could ask.

http://www.pinnacle-guns.com/revolver.asp

Sorry I could not find you a P&R. Gary Reeder listed a Medusa type revolver for a while but I don't see it on his website any more. You could ask.

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