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Fate and a 686; a love story

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bikemutt, Jul 5, 2013.

  1. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    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 :)




  2. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Always a dangerous thing.

    As well you should have. SWEET!
  4. content

    content Well-Known Member

    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!!
  5. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    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!!!
  7. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    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!
  8. red rick

    red rick Well-Known Member

    Great find. That's a real nice looking 686, at a good price.
  9. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Nice score man! Congrats. She is a beauty!
  10. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    I can't even find a used 686 around here, let alone one for that price. Nice score!!
  11. S&W-Keeper

    S&W-Keeper Well-Known Member

    Nice revolver enjoy.
  12. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

  13. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    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 :)
  14. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    You found yourself a great revolver at a very nice price.
  15. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. tackbustr

    tackbustr Member

    wow...nice Mdl 686... I have a 4 inch one w/ no dash number!!!

    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!:)
  17. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    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:

  18. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

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

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    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.




    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.



  20. rswartsell

    rswartsell Well-Known Member

    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?



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