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Default Found A Dashless Smith 686

So I bought it. It has A LOT of holster wear on the front site, a 7 digit inventory number stamped on the frame under the crane, doesn't look like it's ever been cleaned, but CARRIED A LOT.
The number on the crane side was professionally done, so due to lack of maintenance I'm thinking prison system.
Would have been manufactured between 1981, and 1985.
The crane is straight, no end shake, and the timing is good, but pull is atrocious.
It'll be a fun restoration.

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Nice find. The "L" frame S&W's are probably my favorite .357's. A first year 586 was my first duty gun when I started in LE. Still have it. Does your 686 have the "M" stamp? S&W has a recall on no dash and dash-1 L frames due to possible primer flow issues binding up the gun when using magnum ammo. Never had that issue with mine, so it has remained "unmodified".


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Yes, it does have the m stamped. Does that mean its been fixed?

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Yes, it does have the m stamped. Does that mean its been fixed?

Yep. When returned for the re-call, they stamped an "M" to indicate the repair. They replaced the firing pin bushing in the breech face, and if I remember right, the hammer mounted firing pin as well.


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Here's the old square butt after I cleaned it up, smoothed out the action, and polished the finish.
Both have new Houge grips.
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Many years ago I bought a Model 27 .357 that was like that. The blueing was gone on both sides of the cylinder but not on the top and bottom. It was like it had been in and out of a holster a thousand times but never had the cylinder rotated.

I had the cylinder reblued and it looked almost new after that.


I wouldn't have bought my 686 but it was my brother's and my nephew was selling it. I paid more than it was worth at the time and while I'd never sell it, it's now worth around 2x what I paid for it...


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I've already sold the dashless 686. If it had been a round butt I might have kept it, but after I did the restore it went quick.

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