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Farquhar
08-31-2012, 10:34 PM
Today I just picked my first revolver from its 10 day vacation at turners. I purchased it from a fellow Marine who bought it new over 20 years ago. He said he may have fired one cylinder if he fired it at all. It is a 2.5 inch, S&W 686 no dash model in great shape with the original box and paperwork. I cant wait to shoot it.

johnny_boy02
08-31-2012, 10:37 PM
Very nice, I'm jealous.

VegasND
08-31-2012, 10:38 PM
Nice revolver

Shoot it a lot and enjoy.

bigkahuna04
08-31-2012, 10:38 PM
Classic S&W!!! very nice.

Shapes And Colors
08-31-2012, 10:39 PM
Great choice. This will be my next revolver.

gti_20ae
08-31-2012, 10:44 PM
Very nice first revolver, you set the bar pretty high, can't wait to see your next one.

ADROCK
08-31-2012, 10:47 PM
DROOL.... I have been searching for a 2.5 (or a 3 incher) with that exact same look. You, my friend, are a lucky man. ENJOY!

Echidin
08-31-2012, 11:56 PM
Make sure it doesn't need to be sent in to S&W for modification listed in the recall.



Here is the recall notice:
From here
http://www.firearmsid.com/Recalls/FA_Recalls%205.htm#SMITH%20&%20WESSON,%20MODEL%20581,%20586,%20681,%20686,%20o r%20581-1,%20586-1,%20681-1,%20686-1%20&%20686CS-1,%20REVOLVERS


SMITH & WESSON
MODEL 581, 586, 681, 686, or 581-1,
586-1, 681-1, 686-1 & 686CS-1, REVOLVERS

RECALL: Reports have been received from the field where the combination of a SMITH & WESSON L-FRAME 357 MAGNUM REVOLVER and some .357 Magnum ammunition has resulted in unacceptable cylinder binding. L-frame revolvers bearing model numbers:

581, 586, 681, 686, or 581-1, 586-1,
681-1, 686-1, 686CS-1

Cylinder binding can cause a failure to fire. Mishandling a revolver while freeing the cylinder can result in accidental discharge.

Cylinder binding can result from a number of causes, including characteristics of an individual revolver or the use of ammunition, which does not conform to industry pressure specifications or is particularly fast burning. Recent developments in ammunition manufacture emphasize the production of .357 Magnum ammunition with increased velocity and greater primer sensitivity.

Although there have been very few reported incidents of cylinder binding, in view of our concern for our customer's safety and the reliability of Smith & Wesson products in all circumstances, we issue the following warning:

In a situation where a failure to fire can be critical - such as law enforcement or personal protection - do not use .357 Magnum ammunition with an L-frame revolver bearing model numbers 581, 586, 681, 686 or 581-1, 586-1, 681-1, 686-1, 686CS-1 without an "M" over the model number until you have had the revolver modified.

Those who need to use their L-frame revolver under these conditions prior to modification can safely fire .38 Special caliber ammunition.

Smith & Wesson has developed a modification to improve existing L-frame revolvers. This improvement enables them to fire all .357 Magnum ammunition, without cylinder binding. Shipments of L-frame revolvers from our factory after August 21, 1987 already include this improvement.

You can check if your revolver includes this improvement by looking at the left side of the frame when the cylinder is fully open. If your revolver has been stamped either with a "2" or higher number after the basic three-digit model number or with an "M" above the model number, your revolver includes this improvement and does not need modification. If your revolver bears the model number 581, 586, 681, 686, or 581-1, 586-1, 681-1, 686-1, 686CS-1 without an "M" over the model number, it does not include this improvement and your should have your revolver modified.

Smith & Wesson will modify your L-frame revolver free of charge to eliminate the possibility of cylinder binding with .357 Magnum ammunition. Law enforcement agencies wishing to arrange for modification of L-frame revolvers should call 800-458-8469 between 9 A.M. and 6 P.M. Eastern time (MA residents call 413-734-8244). Other users should send their revolvers to a Smith & Wesson Warranty Service Center, specifying "L-frame improvement program" and enclosing their name and return address.

One of the modifications to improve the L-frame revolver is the installation of a new hammer nose. This obsoletes all old L-frame hammer noses (part numbers 4702 and 7513) and all old L-frame hammer assemblies (part numbers 3366, 3378, 3380, 3382, 3391, 4722, 4723, 4726 and 4728) in field parts inventories. Superseded parts should never be fitted into a modified revolver as this may result in malfunction. It is essential for safety that you return these obsolete L-frame hammer noses and obsolete L-frame hammer assemblies for a free exchange to:

Smith & Wesson
Service Department
2100 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, MA 01101

Do not return L-frame hammer-nose bushings from your spare parts inventory inasmuch as they are useable in J, N and K-frame revolvers, which are not included in this Product Warning.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Smith & Wesson's first concern is the safety of its products and the protection of its customers.

kurac
08-31-2012, 11:59 PM
Nice catch, those are pretty hard to find.

JTROKS
09-01-2012, 12:04 AM
That is nice! My first revolver was a Rossi 4" stainless 38 spl. Your 686 is the perfect big brother for my 66 and 640 snubbies. Sweet revolver you got there.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh257/joshuatroy/SWsnubs.jpg

bsg
09-01-2012, 12:09 AM
congratulations; sweet.

jessegpresley
09-01-2012, 12:52 AM
My first wheel gun was a 686 2.5" too. A real nice score, congratulations.

1000stars
09-01-2012, 2:00 AM
It is worth more if it hasn't been sent back for the recall.

Farquhar
09-01-2012, 2:46 AM
It looks like it has not been sent back for the recall. I am not sure if I will send it in or not

CK_32
09-01-2012, 2:58 AM
Nice!

Fishslayer
09-01-2012, 9:27 AM
It looks like it has not been sent back for the recall. I am not sure if I will send it in or not

The problem addressed by the recall involves hot magnum amo with soft primers. On some guns the primer flows back into the hammer nose bushing & binds the cylinder. Lots of no dash & -1 have never had the mod done and are fine. My 686 no dash hasn't been modified. Guess I should load up some hot Big Dogs with Federal primers & see how it goes. I bought the gun used so I don't know it's history but the only issue so far didn't involve the hammer nose.

R1J1D
09-01-2012, 9:32 AM
nice revolver you can really tell it has been loved and well taken care of.

Damiiaaannn
09-01-2012, 9:47 AM
very nice

Socalman
09-01-2012, 10:32 AM
Today I just picked my first revolver from its 10 day vacation at turners. I purchased it from a fellow Marine who bought it new over 20 years ago. He said he may have fired one cylinder if he fired it at all. It is a 2.5 inch, S&W 686 no dash model in great shape with the original box and paperwork. I cant wait to shoot it.

Enjoy! I think you will find it a great gun.

BradleyAbrams
09-01-2012, 10:33 AM
Nice Revolver...


My first wheel-gun:

S&W 586:


http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e383/blndyhb/357001.jpg



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phdo
09-01-2012, 11:20 AM
And another Smith addict is born.

Farquhar
09-01-2012, 3:10 PM
I was out at LAX range today and I got a chance to shoot it. I was very happy with the accuracy. I am much more of a rifle shooter but I was grouping About 2 to 2.5 inches at 25 feet double action and my best was about 1.5 and I am sure I can tighten it up with some practice

newbee1111
09-01-2012, 4:41 PM
Yesterday must have been 686 pickup day at Turners. I got a new 6" since I liked shooting one the last time I was at Insite.

ontmark
09-01-2012, 8:11 PM
Nice
Excellent Find

Russ Florian
09-02-2012, 12:53 PM
Real clean,classic and a great find. Now make us real jealous and tell us the cost value.
Your pistol is beautiful and looks fun. Now I have to show you my 1st
http://i1240.photobucket.com/albums/gg498/American_Sheepdog/MyFavoriteGun.jpg

Farquhar
09-02-2012, 8:00 PM
I payed $500. I felt that was a fair price for an unused 25+ year old gun

orangeusa
09-02-2012, 8:52 PM
Umm, where did you get that idea? The 'M' marking indicates that the cylinder was reworked IIRC. I could be wrong... but never heard that the conversion affected price. I mean - the -2 ect and later models are not worth a great deal less than a no dash or -1.

In general, the 686's are not rare guns. They are very desirable, but they did build them in rather large quantities, and they last....

This is not like a Ruger OM Single Six where a conversion makes the trigger feel like crap.

<just curious>

It is worth more if it hasn't been sent back for the recall.

pyromensch
09-02-2012, 9:29 PM
very nice. i remember wanting a M19, 2 1/2 bbl, when i was young. the firearm you have aquired, is a step above.

bingobingobingo
09-02-2012, 9:46 PM
Congrats. I paid 500 for a 4" no dash, but not in the fine condition yours is in.
Enjoy.