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Just checking- S&W 686 plus

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Fat Boy, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Active Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Kansas Plains
    I was examining a S&W 686 plus this evening in the local shop- I want to confirm something is a problem or nothing-

    With the crane open, (cylinder swung out), I noticed that the ejector "star" (I think that is the correct term) seemed to be a bit mis-aligned in reference to the chambers of the cylinder. I pushed slightly on the star and it moved around and back in line. I then pushed the ejector rod to move the star up out of the cylinder. Holding it there, I was able to "wiggle" the star back and forth. The movement wasn't extreme, but the star and ejector rod seemed to be loose on the cylinder. I checked another Smith in the case, I believe a 386pd and found the same thing, so I am thinking this is not uncommon?

    I came home and checked my old Colt "Army Special" revolver; no play was noted.

    Is this common on new guns? Only on Smith guns? Would this concern you if you were thinking of buying this 686 plus?

    Thanks for you expertise!
  2. 686+

    686+ New Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Longmont, CO
    :neener:No problem. They are cut loose to fit together without filing. When the star snaps in, it is located in place by the cylinder. As long as it snaps back in place it's good to go.

    686+ still my favorite. Just check my handle!:neener:
  3. roklok

    roklok New Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    When the cylinder is loaded, the cases eliminate the play in the extractor assembly.

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