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Whats the difference between a S&W 586 and 586-2 ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by afvoo52, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. afvoo52

    afvoo52 New Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    N.H. USA
    I have a friend looking at both, the 586 is more than the 586-2 and he is wondering what the difference is. I believe they are both 6 inch barrels.
  2. SDC

    SDC Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    People's Republic of Canada
    All a "dash" number indicates is some type of manufacturing change, usually to make the revolver cheaper or easier to produce; the 586 was introduced in 1981, and the 586-2 was introduced in 1987. Depending on the model, it can mean the difference between flat or counter-bored chambers, left- or right-hand threads on some parts, and so on.
  3. .41Dave

    .41Dave Active Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    SDC is correct, the dash # indicates an engineering change. In respect to the 586, these are:

    586 1981 introduction at AAA 000x serial prefix
    586-1 1986 Radius stud package, floating hand
    586-2 1987 Change hammer nose and associated parts
    586-M 1987 Product warning by S&W: M overstamped to modification by factory or warranty station for models 586 and 586-1
    586-3 1988 New yoke retention system
    586-4 1994 Drill and tp, synthetic grips, change rear sight, change extractor
    585-6 1998 Change in frame design to eliminate cylinder stop stud-eliminate serrated tangs, change to MIM hammer with floating firing pin. Change internal lock works
    Discontinued in 1999 except for a special production run of the 586 L-Comp in 2000
  4. Checkman

    Checkman member

    Sep 23, 2003
    I purchased a 586 back in November of 2005. I contacted S&W and they provided me with a shipping number for FedEx. I packaged it and called FedEx the day before Thanksgiving. The Friday after Thanksgiving the FedEx guy came to my house and picked it up. I had it back the following Friday with the modification work all done. Didn't even have to go through an FFL to get it back.

    Didn't cost me a single penny. Yes the recall is still in effect and S&W will eat the cost for shipping and doing the modification to the associated parts and hammer nose. Even after the lawsuit 20+ years later.

    I went ahead and had it done just for peace of mind. It now has the M stamp as well.

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