686 in .38 only(not .357). Ever heard of it?


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glassman
April 24, 2011, 09:02 AM
My brother puchased a S&W 686 in .38 only. It has an extra chamber in the cylinder and is rated for +P ammo. My immediate response was, "are you sure about that". I had never heard of this gun until he told me about it. He said it is a rare breed. He's an experienced shooter and I guess I shouldn't doubt him but I've never heard of it before. Anyone else?

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MtnSpur
April 24, 2011, 09:56 AM
There was a South American police contract 686 marked as you describe. He's probably got one of the overruns (it does happen).

Onmilo
April 24, 2011, 10:06 AM
I haven't seeen the 686 .38 Special but had both 681 and 581 .38 Specials for sale in my shop.
These are fixed sight versions of the 686/586.
If I remember correctly, they were contract overruns from an Australian Police order.

madcratebuilder
April 24, 2011, 10:10 AM
Production code 104232, should be a 4" barrel with full lug, special production 1988.

Canazes9
April 24, 2011, 07:47 PM
I saw a new one for sale at a local shop about 2 months ago - maybe they have made some more.

David

S&W-Keeper
April 24, 2011, 10:20 PM
There is one for sale on Gun Broker now.

golden
April 25, 2011, 12:11 AM
Another thread mentioned that Australia has traded in their police revolvers and they are on their way to the USA. Maybe these .38 Special are some of them.

I would go for a 581 in .38 Special.

Canazes9
April 25, 2011, 08:03 AM
Not the one I saw - it was a brand new 686 4" (I thought it was a 6 shot, not a plus, but I might be mistaken). As far as I know its still in the case (I haven't been by this shop since):

Gary's Gun Shop

(409) 769-8241

David

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