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Downpayment On A 686

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by glassman, Aug 10, 2007.

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  1. glassman

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    Stopped by the local gun shop to ask about another matter and saw a pre-lock 686 that was in great condition. In this shop, a new one sells for $650 and the price on this one was $450. I wound up putting $100 down so they would hold it for me. I have a couple of questions that I'm sure some of the pro's here can answer.
    First, when did S&W start using MIM parts and is there a way to tell if this pistol has them?
    Second, The finish on this gun is a bit dull (I think from benign neglect) and would like to know if using a metal polish like 'Flitz' and a dremel wheel will hurt this gun?
    Thanks in advance for the input.
     
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    If there's a deep hollow groove on the back of the trigger it's an MIM trigger.
     
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    Thank you MRBORLAND and LESJONES for your quick responses. Archangels post told me exactly what I wanted to know and the tip on 'hollow grooved trigger' is something I can use immediately.
     
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    686 finish

    Make certain you don't have a 686 with a "bead blasted" finish. It may be dull by design and Flitz and a Dremel may change a finish you wished you hadn't.

    If it is indeed just wear and tear that's a different issue. You may wish to avoid the Dremel in favor of elbow grease and Flitz in favor of Mother's. Do a search on Mother's Polish. It gets high marks although I have never had cause to use it.

    Go through the photos of 686s from this thread.
    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=257401
    You will see photos and references to bead blasted finishes, including my own 686 3inch CS-1.

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    Thanks DAdams for the advice on the polish. The pistol I'm getting is not bead blasted but has some honest wear on it. I'm a little compulsive about the care and feeding of my pistols (don't own any long guns..yet) and want them all to look and run as best as possible. I did visit the thread you suggested and got some good tips and got to look at some great pics. Thanks again.
     
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