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Smith 686 with amazing scope mount

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bikemutt, Sep 25, 2012.

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  1. bikemutt
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    I ran across this at a LGS yesterday. The metal work on this scope mount is simply outstanding, I wonder if it's a one-of custom job?

    I darn near bought the thing, it's a no-dash gun that's very tight in superb condition. They are asking $650 for it as is, if I didn't already have a no dash 686 I'd have been all over it.

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  2. rswartsell

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    Never seen one like that. Sure looks outstanding. Be interested to hear if anyone knows more about it.
     
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    I wonder at the weight of it? Nice looking though.
     
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    Very nice setup. I would think it would have been cheaper to drill and tap, but perhaps the owner wanted to keep it unaltered.
     
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    We live in the land of Boeing machinists around these parts...I wonder...
     
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    While a great example of superb machining, it looks like a problem seeking a solution for any modern S&W with the factory pre-drilled holes in the top strap. It would be an excellent way to use an older S&W without the factory pre-drilled holes.
     
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    It appears that the mount was designed to allow the factory irons to be used as well.

    Through the rear hole you can see the factory rear sight is still in place. I assume the hole is used to adjust the windage. I would bet that up top there is a channel or hole cut to adjust the elevation on the rear sight.

    Up front you can see between the barrel and the mount that there is a channel cut to see the front blade.

    Cool setup.
     
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    Oh, wow -- I have a 6" 686 just beggin' for this option... [​IMG]


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    i hate to think of what metal on metal contact will look like when that thing is removed.
     
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    If the gun is blued, then yes, I agree. If it's stainless (which the 686 in the OP happens to be), it could probably be buffed out pretty easily.
     
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    I bought this recently for the gun and not the sight. I took the assembly off and replaced it with iron sights. Even though there was metal to metal contact at several points, the blueing remained in tact without marring the finish at all. My guess is that as long as the mounting screws are tight, you'd be good to go.


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    glassman I used a mount like some what like that on a DW revolver for some 20 years, used a lead bb between the mount and frame on top and never had a mark on the metal from it when it came off. Mount was a Buehler and rings. Guess there long gone today.
     
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    Some people own guns with an eye toward their future vale, some with only consideration for maximizing their useful potential. IMHO they were designed and constructed for the latter.

    I have never been really astute at the former and I have a jaundiced eye for guns as investments to begin with. Hence I am not impressed as much with the "collector downside" of perfetcly fitting a gun for its purpose and using it, future value, collector grade be damned. That looks like a useful rig to me.
     
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    I think I'd have to make some kind of gasket to put between the mount and the frame.
    I have made a gasket out of a common clear plastic water bottle. This seems like another application for it.
     
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    I like it
     
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    What a great mounting option ... I have a 6" 586 that is begging for the black one ... Thanks for finding out where to get the mount from gents.
     
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    The mount looks like aluminum. I don't see that as a danger to the stainless 686.

    Even on a blued gun, I don't think you will have scratching. The biggest risk would be moisture getting in and affecting the blue. Might be a good idea to put a coat of Eezox or paste wax down before tightening in place.

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    Yes or just common wheel bearing grease.
     
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