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Entering the world of full-sized revolvers.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Deus Machina, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    I put a small lathe for sale on Craigslist recently, wanting $375 toward a larger one. A custom knifemaker didn't want to spend $375, but he did have a revolver he didn't use.


    586-no-dash. Three-digit serial (ACH01xx). Faint line on the cylinder and what looks to be a few very tiny points of honest wear at the muzzle. I think I got my money's worth, at least. :D

    Now, having been completely outside the world of full-sized revolvers, is there anything I should be careful about or avoid with the first-run model? And, if I revert to the original plan and sell it, what would be a fair asking price?

    I'm not planning it on selling it soon, if I can help it. It makes me want to go out and buy the Dirty Harry box set. :p
  2. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator

    Nice gun! I generally see 586s sell for $500-ish.

    Funny you asked...

    There's actually a recall on 585/686 no dash and -1 variants (not the later versions). Seems there was a problem with primer flow back into the firing pin hole locking up the revolver when shooting .357mags (but not .38spl). Back flow was pretty rare, but it would tie the gun up - bad news for anyone using it in a SD or LE situation.

    To fix it, S&W installs a re-designed firing pin and bushing, then stamps a letter "M" into the frame above the model # behind the yoke. If the "M" stamp isn't there (I don't see one) could mean the work wasn't done, of course, but also that the gun is outside the recall serial # range and was fixed before leaving the factory. A call to S&W ought to clear it up.
  3. BossHogg

    BossHogg Well-Known Member

    Very nice trade. I think you came out waaaaay ahead on the deal. Even if you just flip the gun it should be money ahead of $375.

    I would keep it though you won't be able to replace it for $375.
  4. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Wow. That's a deal and a half! A gift, if you will.

    If I were you, I'd take it as a sign from Asgard that you need to devote significant effort to learning the art of wheel-gun shooting. If I may be so bold, it is an elegant weapon from a more civilized age. (Though I think someone else thought of that description first...)

    Mastering DA revolver shooting fundamentals will make you a phenomenal shot with almost other kind of trigger system.

    That is a NICE gun.
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Very nice. You definitely got your monies worth. A 4" 586 is hard to beat. :)
  6. dewalt-2

    dewalt-2 Well-Known Member

    You Win! Keep it, you may never come across another like it.
  7. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    You definitely got the better part of this deal. My Model 686 is my favorite DA .357 and has one of the nicest out-of-the-box double and single action trigger pulls of any S&W revolver I've ever had.

    MrBorland is correct about the firing pin/bushing recall. I had mine done locally by a factory authorized gunsmith. If the recall was done, the letter "M" should be found in between the model designation and the serial number. Might want to contact S&W to see if this recall modification is still available.
  8. MrBorland

    MrBorland Moderator

    ...and revolver shooters are better looking, too. :p
  9. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    And exceedingly, ... no, SUPREMELY humble.
  10. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    I don't know about that, but they are on average 40 years older. :p
  11. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    I'm guessing I'd fail at that criterion! Though I feel like it a lot. :eek:

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