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The 686

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by g5reality, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. jad0110

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    http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/index.htm

    For my 686 I just ordered some Ahrends round-to-square Goncalo Alves wood stocks, unfinished. I'll apply my own stain when the come in, probably an Olympic oil-based stain in "Red Oak" with a satin polyurethane coating.

    They shipped today, so maybe by next weekend I'll post some pics. BTW, Kim Ahrends is a good guy to work with, I was happy to give him my business.

    Here's a picture of a 581 from their site with some awesome stocks:


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    lev83,

    Ramp front sights aren't my favorite either, but it works on my 686. One day I may put on an Ed McGivern style gold bead sight.
     
  2. gunut

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    I have 2 of the 686-3 hunter [unfluted cylinder] models....one for show one for go...
     
  3. Hawk

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    I joined Saturday - 686-6" used.
     
  4. AStone

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    Whoa! :what:

    Nice!

    I'm into synth grips for my applications,
    but if anything could convince me to try wood, those could ... ;)

    I'm curious, since I've never owned a handgun with wood grips.
    What's the appeal? Is it mostly aesthetic, or can they affect shooting, too?

    (I guess different shapes could affect grip, of course, so I guess I just answered my own question, but still wondering about texture, durability, etc...)
     
  5. Mervyn_b

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    Sry, newbie here. Been checking this forum since I'm interested in getting a 686+ 4 or 6 inch (yet to decide).

    Any opinions on current 686? It features an internal lock and adjustable rear sights - what does MIM stand for, pls?

    Thanks.
     
  6. glockman19

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    Wecome, to THR & the 686.

    Metal Injection Molding

    I like the 686+ 4" it's a 7 shot 4" full lug barrel. Perfect balance and little recoil. I use it mainly for camping & SD/HD. If you're looking for something to CCW then the 3" would be better.

    All S&W New revolovers have the internal lock. I don't use mine. It doesn't effect the gun in any way performance wise.
     
  7. WJR

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    You will find strong opinions both ways regarding MIM and the internal lock. My opinion, for what it is worth, is that you can find a pre-lock, pre-MIM 686 at a lower cost than a new MIM, IL 686.

    Regarding, the 6" versus 4", I really enjoy the 6" for time at the range, but the 4" is handier if needed for self-defense or a truck/car gun.

    I have a number of 686s and love them, but all of mine are pre-lock, pre-MIM.

    Any particular reason you want the 686+??

    WJR
     
  8. Ninja42

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    Hey 686 enthusiasts, I have a few very basic questions about this gun, so I hope you dont mind me using this thread. You see, I will be on the market for a gun very soon (I hope!), and the 686 might just be the gun for me... however:

    a) The gun I am looking at is an 'S&W M.686 Performance Center', as the gunsmith calls it on his website, but that model dosent show up on the S&W website, and that makse me suspicious... is this guy trying to trick me?

    b) The Performance Center upgrade is 'amongst other things' a trigger job, a bead blasting and a Romulas walnut grip. What could that 'amongst other things' be? The Performance Center upgrade is as expensive as the gun itself, so there must be something more to it.

    c) The gun comes with a choice of either a 6 or 7 shot cylinder.. is that even a choice? Why would anyone choose to have one shot less? Is it because the 6 shot cylinder is more durable, or is there some other significant advantage of not having that extra round?

    This is a pic of the gun taken from the smiths website:

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  9. Moondancer

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    I bought a 4" 686 when they first came out. I actually ordered it from a local home-based dealer before they were shipping FWIW. I sold it four years ago to get some more money for down payment on my house, and have regretted it ever since.

    Needless to say, I've been looking to buy another one just like it, but man are they scarce.

    So, my question is this: what would the correct designation for the first batch of 'em be? 686-1? 686 (no dash)?

    Inquiring minds want to know! I did see one today in a local gunstore. It was marked 686-5. It had the firing pin on the hammer, old-style cylinder release, no lock, red ramp, and had some filing work done to the front sight. FWIW, the store was selling brand new 686s for $499 and they wanted $599 for this one.
     
  10. glockman19

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    http://thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=1934961&postcount=3
    Anyways - approx history is -

    686 ''dash nothing'' - 1980

    686-1, 1986 - radius stud package and floating hand

    686-M - 1987 recall stamping on earlier versions

    686-2, 1987, hammer nose change, bushing and ass'd parts

    686-3, 1988, new yoke retention system
    1990 - 2 1/2" barrel introduced.

    686-4 ........ 1994 thru 1998 - many changes including move to 7 shot, sight changes etc.
     
  11. glockman19

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    My 686

    Some Pics of my 686:
     

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  12. highrider

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    mine .......
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  13. Logos

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    I just stopped by today and I'm happy to report that I have a three-inch, round-butt 686 that I got about 1993.

    Just put the Crimson Trace on it yesterday......since I went with the model that fits N, L and K.....the butt is now square and bigger.

    More comfortable to shoot, but harder to conceal.

    Haven't shot it with the CT yet, but I do believe this laser thing is gonna be GREAT.
     
  14. AStone

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    A 3" 686? :eek:

    I'm craving a 3" 686 (which just went back into production).

    Gonna probably (? still debating this ?) put my 4" up for sale or trade soon.
    I can't afford two, and only want one.
    (Why is not relevant here.)

    Images! We must have images of the 1993 3"! :D

    <lust> ... :evil:

    PS: all the revolvers imaged on this page are ... beyond words ...

    If I had to choose one word for the 686,
    it would be "magnificent".
     
  15. Wayne02

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    So there I was, surfing the net and found the 686 club...

    Ok, talk me out of this craziness I'm about spout here, or not...

    I am a big fan of S&W revolvers and have a few of them, 2", 4", some J-frames, and this 6" 686

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    I like this gun ok but only shoot it a couple of times per year. It has the typical good S&W trigger, love the sights, and is quite accurate. However, the thing has enough mass to make a good blunt impact weapon if needed. I've never been a big fan of the full under-lugs and this gun with the 6" barrel and full lug is quite nose heavy in terms of balance.

    Most of my time is shooting paper at 25 yards and occasionally reactive targets when I make my way to an informal range or my property. The only competition I can see this gun fitting into is maybe pin shooting, but I've just been too lazy to make the drive to the range that has the pin shooting competition. Thus the reason this thing does not get shot very often.

    No, I'm not interested in selling it.

    However, I am wondering about the feasibility of modifying it, either by having the under lug cut back to the ejector rod, or having the whole barrel cut down to say 5" and the lug cut back also.

    Can you buy replacement barrels from S&W? Maybe a 5" half-lug?

    How about a smith who could do a good job at cutting the lug back?

    I would think given the integrated target sights and grooved top strap cutting the barrel back and making it look right again would be quite a bit of work.

    Failing that, I suppose I could put a big old scope on it. Never had a revolver with a scope on it, of course I don't hunt either...

    What are my options for the above desires???

    Thanks
     
  16. Logos

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    I understand lust.

    :)

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  17. jad0110

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    First, wood stocks on revolvers, particularly blued ones, just do it for me. I did get my Ahrends stocks for my 686. Just got done staining them a few days ago. Wow, what a difference over the rubber Pachmayrs and Hogues (for me anyway). Wood just has a consistency of feel in my hands that cannot be matched by more plyable rubber. Again, that's just my take. I hope to try them out sometime, but things have been busy lately. Now, if I were going hiking, I'd probably slap the Pachmayrs back on for durability's sake.

    Anyway, here's some pictures of my 686 wearing it's new Ahrends round-to-square Goncalo Alves stocks, no finger grooves. If anyone is considering wood stocks, I highly recommend speaking to Kim Ahrends (http://ahrendsgripsusa.com/index.htm). As I said, I ordered these unfinished (along with 2 other pairs for my Model 14 and 17). I stained them with 2 coats of oil-based Olympic Golden Pecan and finished them with 3 coats of oil-based Olympic satin polyurethane:


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  18. glockman19

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    my 642/686 Combo:
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  19. AStone

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    G'man19, I've got exactly the same 686/642 combo.
    You can see them here with the rest of my toolkit.
    Great. (Even if I'm going to trade the 4" for a 3".)

    Jad, beautiful gun with beautiful grips.

    Logos, magnificent. I want a 3".
     
  20. Logos

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    Yes, the 3" is a handy package. When I picked it up for the first time, I knew I had to buy it. Plus, of course, I had never seen that barrel length before and I knew I might not get another chance to own one.

    It's simply a great gun.
     
  21. glockman19

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    Nem,

    Nice Family Picture. I need to take a Family pic too. I would like another S&W but and I like the K& L frame series but in order to expand my collection I'm leaning toward a 629 in a 5" or 6.5".
     
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    Logos, thanks for the heads up on that one.

    They want $895.00, though. I've already found a standing deal on one for $600. (It's in neighboring town an hour away, but still ...)

    Right now, the hold up is funds. Summer is my downtime financially. I'll probably have to wait until fall to swing this one without some extraordinary financial luck.
     
  24. Logos

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    Hey, an hour is not bad.....those things are hard to find and you also found a good price.

    Good luck!
     
  25. hexidismal

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    I've driven a heck of a lot more than an hour for the right gun. A LOT more.
    Anyway, heres some gun pron for you. Got the rosewood badgers in today, so I figured I'd throw 'em up here just for fun.
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