Fate and a 686; a love story


July 5, 2013, 07:37 PM
I was left unsupervised today, you know, at the grocery store picking up some bread, butter and milk ;)

Well, I walked into my favorite pawnshop figuring I could make a pass real quick, find nothing, maybe buy some ammo, hit the grocery store on the way home. The End.

It was not so. Literally 10 minutes earlier they'd bought a few guns from someone and eagerly produced the pictured specimen knowing my sad proclivity for S&W revolvers.

A mint 686 no-dash, 6", target grips. It literally appears as if it was fired once or twice, oiled up and put away. The only flaw I can find is it's dirty; the oily dirt just wipes off. Not a scratch, tight lockup, normal timing, beautiful bores, no engraving, no boogered screws, no signs of forced entry.

I prepared myself for $700-$799; when I looked at the price tag it said $549. I asked if the price was accurate, he said yes, I handed him the milk money right then.

Washington pawnshop law says they cannot release it to me for 30 days, I was told I could pick it up on or around August 5. Rest assured that day has been gleefully marked on my calendar.

Once in my hands it'll be off to S&W for the firing pin bushing recall, aka the M-stamp, then off to my local S&W action master in preparation for a long life on the firing line.

The irony here is I bought one just like this a few years ago on an out of town trip, same condition, same price. It was a treasured revolver. As much as I try to budget wisely and plan, at one point I needed money and was forced to sell that gun, for a tidy sum I might add. I think someone wants me to have and cherish a 6" 686 no-dash, who am I to argue with fate :)

http://i497.photobucket.com/albums/rr338/hcedmondson/20130705_154444_zps4a7061db.jpg (http://s497.photobucket.com/user/hcedmondson/media/20130705_154444_zps4a7061db.jpg.html)

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July 5, 2013, 08:18 PM
One too many times bikemutt.....

Damn you and your deal with the devil!:evil:

.......OK I've collected myself now and will resume civil behavior.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

July 5, 2013, 08:48 PM
I was left unsupervised
Always a dangerous thing.

the price tag it said $549. ..............., I handed him the milk money right thenAs well you should have. SWEET!

July 5, 2013, 09:39 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Nice snag/save on the 6". The 586, 6" is my go to revolver.

Can't beat the price at all, except for those grips. I'll trade you a good set of rubber ones, even pay shipping , just to help.:D

Outstanding score on the grips alone!!

Deus Machina
July 5, 2013, 10:54 PM
Aw, man. So jealous.
Don't be too quick on the bushing recall, unless you want to just for its own sake. The first thing I did with my 586 was to try a bunch of different ammo, and even the stoutest Federal load I could find didn't bother it. Figured that would, if anything.

July 6, 2013, 05:24 AM
OOOOOHHHH!!!!! NICE!!! :D Awesome bonus that it doesn't have an internal lock, or nasty Hogue grips! As long as it shoots well for you I think anyone could chalk this up as a grade A no. 1 STEAL!!!

July 6, 2013, 06:42 AM

Well I was half expecting that instead of buying the milk, you bought some Magic Beans and now had this gigantic beanstalk in your backyard to contend with.

I think you did much better getting the 686. Congrats on yet another fantastic find!

red rick
July 6, 2013, 07:56 AM
Great find. That's a real nice looking 686, at a good price.

July 6, 2013, 09:05 AM
Nice score man! Congrats. She is a beauty!

July 6, 2013, 09:34 AM
I can't even find a used 686 around here, let alone one for that price. Nice score!!

July 6, 2013, 09:45 AM
Nice revolver enjoy.

July 6, 2013, 02:09 PM
Aren't you glad you waited (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=720700)? :)

July 6, 2013, 03:05 PM
Aren't you glad you waited (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=720700)? :)
I wasn't even looking for this particular form factor, but as others much wiser than I have said many times here, that's when they show up.

I'm just thankful the financial headwinds which caused me to sell the first one are behind me now, and things are bright enough I was able to replace it for the same price, in the same condition. It's as if it didn't happen, a blessing I think.

Setting the sappy story aside though, walking into a LGS around here and finding a mint 686 no-lock gun for $549 just doesn't happen, until it does. It's the hen's tooth, the blue moon and dumb luck all rolled into one. No point fighting that sort of confluence, time to roll with it :)

July 6, 2013, 10:25 PM
You found yourself a great revolver at a very nice price.

July 6, 2013, 10:57 PM
Oh, you suck. Really. That's gorgeous! One of the few guns left on my list is exactly THAT, or a 586 just like it only blued. Either/or. It even has my all-time-favorite kind of sights on it.

July 7, 2013, 11:10 PM
Hello ...tackbustr here....you really got a fine lookin' 686 with beautiful grips and a rare no dash numbered one to boot. Good job....

3 yrs ago, I came across a 4 inch 686 from a fella @ a local gun show in a table by himself...he had this beautiful 4 inch 686 w/ no dash number and it must have been someones safe queen....hardly fired at all. I got it for $550.

has the Pachmayrs on it; not the pretty S & W wood grips...but I'm looking for some S & W's with the finger grooves... wow... they are expensive!!!$$$:eek:

Checked with S & W and they said my 686 was manufactured in 1980 so that fits in w/the no dash number time frame.

Mine looks to have been flash chromed as it is quite shiny....is this normal or was this one polished?

I have shot 100's of rounds through it ...everything from mild .38 wad cutters to Rem. and Federal full house .357 125 gr SJHP's with no problems whatsoever... should I just leave well enough alone and not send it back to S & W? :confused:
I keep it loaded by the bedside with 125 gr 38+p Speer Gold Dots so feel pretty safe w/it. These 686's are very accurate and well balanced... like 'em!:)

July 7, 2013, 11:59 PM
I lightened your photos, sharpened them and then enlarged them on my computer screen. I'm almost convinced I saw that you had a cracked forcing cone. Where'd you say you're having it kept? I'm not sure I'd keep a .357 with a cracked forcing cone. Better to let this one go and be better safe than sorry!

What's the phone number of the place? :evil:


July 8, 2013, 09:50 AM
What's the phone number of the place?

Very funny Confederate, you had me going along, almost :p

July 8, 2013, 07:39 PM
I knew it was a long shot, but hey, you have a beauty there. That's the way guns used to look on dealers' shelves. Once you get it polished up, it will be even more beautiful. I used some very fine polishing pads and some Semichrome. Here are some closeups of mine.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/sW686_3-2.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/sW686_3-2.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/sW686_2-1.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/sW686_2-1.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW686_4.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW686_4.jpg.html)

I don't know what the line is around the lock; it's not a scratch, but
perhaps a reflection. It's not on the gun.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW686_5.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW686_5.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW686_1a-3.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW686_1a-3.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/sW686_1a-2.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/sW686_1a-2.jpg.html)

July 8, 2013, 11:29 PM
To put this in context (which it pains me to do),

If you had spent 2 large on a similar python, what pray tell would you have gotten in addition to?

If you have any impulse to change grips, action job, alter, chamfer, grind or "improve" would you please PM me first? Pretty please?



July 8, 2013, 11:45 PM
I handed him the milk money right then.

Smart man...I'd rather drink water with the 686 in my hand than have a cold glass of milk to wash down my pangs of regret.

July 9, 2013, 01:26 AM
..... and I suppose you're going to tell us, "The Devil Made Me Do It", huh? :evil:

July 10, 2013, 12:31 AM
That gun looks great! Feels great to add another good lookin', good shootin', classy firearm to your collection...doesn't it!?

Of course, I would say that...considering I also picked up a 686 a few months ago. Mine is a "-2" gun. They are a handful and feel as good shooting as they look.

Now I've got the urge to do a bit of reloading and get to the range!


Dave T
July 13, 2013, 05:43 PM
To the OP, congratulations! I haven't found a decent gun in a pawn shop for several years now.


July 13, 2013, 09:03 PM
Smart man...I'd rather drink water with the 686 in my hand than have a cold glass of milk to wash down my pangs of regret.
And a couple of nights on the couch just gave him more time to spend with his new acquisition.

July 14, 2013, 04:49 PM
Really nice no dash. I too picked up a minty 686 no dash for $500 or $550, I forget, that has not had the recall. It is in the 8-3/8" flavor. It's accurate and really absorbs the recoil nicely. I think you really found a good deal on that one.

July 14, 2013, 06:03 PM
I keep coming back to this thread just to look at the pictures!

Gaucho Gringo
July 15, 2013, 05:55 PM
Nice 686. I just bought a shooter 10-5 for a little less than half of what you payed for yours and I thought I was getting a good deal:banghead:. BTW what happened when you came home empty handed?

July 15, 2013, 06:12 PM
AH! That's a steal in my book! I'm sure you got the usual look and sigh that comes along with being unsupervised and coming home with lite pockets. Since I'm only working half days right now, I'm left to my own devises a little more than I should be, and every time my better half comes home she studies my face to see if I look guilty. Hahaha!

Does your 686 have the factory modification on it? There was a recall on the 686 way back when, and the gun will have a "M" stamped on the inside of the yoke if it has been modified. It really makes no difference either way, I was just curious. Mine wasn't ever "fixed"...and I prefer it that way. S&W will still do the modification if you want them to, but I've had ZERO problems with mine, and I couldn't bare to have it out of my sight for the 2-3 week turnaround time.

When you get to shoot it, post groups! At 15 yards I can cover my groups with a silver dollar. I'd bet even money that it'll be the straightest shooting gun you own!

July 15, 2013, 06:24 PM
Beautiful and what a deal! Nice score!

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