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opos
07-29-2011, 3:19 PM
Can anyone either direct me to a web page or give me information as to the specific model characteristics in a S/W model 686 with the -3 designation. It's a 1992, stainless, 4" barrel. I'm not familiar with the Smith handguns...I know the 686 is considered one of the best and just wondered how the -3 would differ from other "-" designations...
thanks
opos

bwiese
07-29-2011, 3:24 PM
You probably shouldn't worry about "-2" or "-3" etc. variations unless you're a serious collector.

That vintage of gun, there's no serious differences. (I have a -2 myself from mid 80s vintage.)

The gun does not have an internal lock, though I'm unclear if your specific gun has a spur firing pin on hammer or firing pin activated thru transfer bar safety.

The S&W Forum would have have a few collectors that know the real hairy fine details like that.

586L-Frame
07-29-2011, 10:00 PM
Can anyone either direct me to a web page or give me information as to the specific model characteristics in a S/W model 686 with the -3 designation. It's a 1992, stainless, 4" barrel. I'm not familiar with the Smith handguns...I know the 686 is considered one of the best and just wondered how the -3 would differ from other "-" designations...
thanks
opos

Your post and replies on the S&W forum.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolvers-1980-present/202553-686-3-question.html

Enjoy your 686-3 4".
586L-Frame

opos
07-30-2011, 12:12 PM
Had gotten a p/m from a Calgunner about the S/W forum so I did go there...didn't know one existed till I posted here on Cal guns...anyway, thanks to everyone that chimed in and I found out what I wanted...seems the older Smith's are considered a very nice find so I'll enjoy shooting this one...thanks again to all that replied.
opos

shooting4life
07-30-2011, 1:08 PM
Here you go
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Dash+changes+for+S%26W+686

AhSpray
08-04-2011, 4:44 PM
Wow Opos. Congratulations on your new addition. I've been drooling over, and hunting for, one of those for a while now. If you ever think of selling it, please let me know. BTW, I'm enjoying the reloading accoutrements you sold me.
Thank you and congratulations.

spammusubiboy
08-05-2011, 3:02 PM
Practice your Google Fu

stix213
08-05-2011, 3:44 PM
Out of curiosity, anyone know which revisions are the most desirable?

I recently picked up a near new condition 686 (no dash) 1983 with 6" barrel. It also has no "M" which means although its been recalled, this one has the original factory parts because it wasn't sent in. This seems like it would be more on the rare side, but I have no idea.

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