August 10, 2007, 01:19 PM
Stopped by the local gun shop to ask about another matter and saw a pre-lock 686 that was in great condition. In this shop, a new one sells for $650 and the price on this one was $450. I wound up putting $100 down so they would hold it for me. I have a couple of questions that I'm sure some of the pro's here can answer.
First, when did S&W start using MIM parts and is there a way to tell if this pistol has them?
Second, The finish on this gun is a bit dull (I think from benign neglect) and would like to know if using a metal polish like 'Flitz' and a dremel wheel will hurt this gun?
Thanks in advance for the input.
August 10, 2007, 01:27 PM
As far as MIM parts on a 686, a recent thread discussed some of this. As to when they started appearing, check out ArchAngel's reply (#5):
August 10, 2007, 01:28 PM
If there's a deep hollow groove on the back of the trigger it's an MIM trigger.
August 10, 2007, 01:42 PM
Thank you MRBORLAND and LESJONES for your quick responses. Archangels post told me exactly what I wanted to know and the tip on 'hollow grooved trigger' is something I can use immediately.
August 10, 2007, 05:00 PM
The finish on this gun is a bit dull (I think from benign neglect) and would like to know if using a metal polish like 'Flitz' and a dremel wheel will hurt this gun?
Make certain you don't have a 686 with a "bead blasted" finish. It may be dull by design and Flitz and a Dremel may change a finish you wished you hadn't.
If it is indeed just wear and tear that's a different issue. You may wish to avoid the Dremel in favor of elbow grease and Flitz in favor of Mother's. Do a search on Mother's Polish. It gets high marks although I have never had cause to use it.
Go through the photos of 686s from this thread.
You will see photos and references to bead blasted finishes, including my own 686 3inch CS-1.
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August 10, 2007, 05:59 PM
Thanks DAdams for the advice on the polish. The pistol I'm getting is not bead blasted but has some honest wear on it. I'm a little compulsive about the care and feeding of my pistols (don't own any long guns..yet) and want them all to look and run as best as possible. I did visit the thread you suggested and got some good tips and got to look at some great pics. Thanks again.