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Old 02-16-2014, 10:32   #1
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First revolver purchase: S&W 686

Went to the gun show with a friend today. It was stupid packed. Not quite post Sandy Hook but damn close at one point during the day. Probably because of the snow storm that came through earlier this week.

Anyways, we do the usual rounds around the place. He's looking for a Mini 14, I'm looking for some kind of 4" S&W or Ruger revolver. Not having much luck finding either item and when we do the prices are ridiculous. Example: Mini 14s for $850 or some guy selling a used 686+ for $750... Well he finally ends up finding a Mini 14(Ranch Rifle version) at a decent price($720) and decides to pick it up. Might have been able to save a little money online but this is instant gratification, and they're out of stock everywhere.

I'm about to give up as I can't find anything reasonable. Decide to do one final lap around the main building and right near the exit I see something that catches my eye. A used 4" 686. I check it out, no dash, everything looks good(as far as I can tell lol). The price? $500, had to pick it up. Overall it looks to be in good shape. Has a couple of scratches, could be polished, grips look worn and will be replaced(with what?). Only downside is that the barrel has been ported. Everything looks even in that regard so whatever.

As long as it fires when I take it out next week I don't think I made a bad decision seeing as this is the first revolver this 25 year old has ever owned.

Anyone have any suggestions for some new grips?

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Old 02-16-2014, 10:38   #2
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Very nice

I have a 686-1 and love it. Now you just need a nice set of original grips for it.


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Old 02-16-2014, 10:38   #3
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If you don't want anything crazy, you can buy wooden grips from Smith&Wesson home page.

No dash, huh? Hammer mounted firing pin, baby!!!
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:42   #4
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If you don't want anything crazy, you can buy wooden grips from Smith&Wesson home page.

No dash, huh? Hammer mounted firing pin, baby!!!
Yeah, the -1 also has the firing pin on the hammer. The -2 is when it was removed, I believe.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:46   #5
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I'd like some wood grips but maybe something a little different from the OEM S&W ones. The hammer mounted firing pin is pretty cool and certainly something different from anything else I've owned. Also has the M stamp for that recall.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:52   #6
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The first revolver I ever owned was a 686 too. That was the gun I learned "springs can go far" on.
Sold it almost 20 years ago and, of course, wish I hadn't. Good looking gun and that sounds like a decent price. Congratulations.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:05   #7
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I'd like some wood grips but maybe something a little different from the OEM S&W ones. The hammer mounted firing pin is pretty cool and certainly something different from anything else I've owned. Also has the M stamp for that recall.


Congrats on your 686. Just wondering, what was the powder situation at the show?


I am in SC and powder is still non-existent here.
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I'd like some wood grips but maybe something a little different from the OEM S&W ones. The hammer mounted firing pin is pretty cool and certainly something different from anything else I've owned. Also has the M stamp for that recall.
How about the Jerry Miculek grip?

I fit two of these bad boys onto my two SW625s and the grips turned those cluncky N-frame guns into something more eminently shootable for people with medium to small hands.

http://www.bang-inc.com/index.php?ma...&products_id=4
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Yeah, the -1 also has the firing pin on the hammer. The -2 is when it was removed, I believe.
I believe the -4 was the last of the guns with the firing pin on the hammer. After that they also went to MIM parts and the different cylinder release. The wood grips were present through the -2 guns. Mine is a no dash and does not have the M stamp. I called S&W, and was told some were effected and others weren't. I can still send it in for free if it ever has the problem. Mine looked pretty rough, but a little polishing and wood work got her looking like new again.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:21   #10
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Congrats on your 686. Just wondering, what was the powder situation at the show?


I am in SC and powder is still non-existent here.
I don't reload so I didn't look at any prices but I did see a couple of tables with reloading supplies. Not a ton but I saw some powder.

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How about the Jerry Miculek grip?
I like how those look but I guess I'm looking for something a little more grippy?
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:24   #11
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Look at the Hogue wood grips, get the ones without the finger grooves....you might have to order them as most shops stock the grooved ones.
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Look at the Hogue wood grips, get the ones without the finger grooves....you might have to order them as most shops stock the grooved ones.
I was actually checking those out yesterday. I'm sure this is a stupid question but does my gun have a "round butt" or "square butt"?
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:29   #13
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They came in both, but you're looks to be a square.
It only takes a second to pop those Pachs off and look, but those are sq butt grips on there.
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They came in both, but you're looks to be a square.
It only takes a second to pop those Pachs off and look, but those are sq butt grips on there.
Thanks. Just pulled them off and it's square.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:33   #15
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Hogue grips and that thing will lock into your hand!

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/600...t-rubber-black
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I believe the -4 was the last of the guns with the firing pin on the hammer.
You're correct, Nathan. The -3 just had the position changed a bit, apparently.
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You got a great deal. I bought a 6" version in 1985, new in the box for 275. I would like to have a snub nose version for my collection.


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BTW, try the Hogue grips if you like finger grooves. I never did dig the square butt stock wood grip. I always felt there was a sense of unbalance.
Over all it is very accurate. I have shot a few deer with it.
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Congratulations , that was also my first handgun . A -3 model with a 6" barrel .


I love the look of the wood grips on mine , but I didn't like how they felt . So I replaced them with a set of Pachmayr Pro Grips . It now feels better in my hand and I shoot it better .
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You got a great deal on a fantastic gun. Enjoy it.
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The grips on there are fine. The Hogue Monogrip in rubber is even better.

Wood works but with heavy loads, they hurt.
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Also, can you show us a pic of the barrel porting? From the look of the front sight, it looks to be around the sight itself, if I am not mistaken.
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Your first revolver and your 25. The revolver you bought will last you a life time even if you live to be 100. Then you will be able to pass it on down so some one in your family can enjoy.

As for grips. Depends on what you intend to do with it. Shoot it with what it has even if there are butt ugly. If you fall in love with it and plan to shoot it regularly then look at Houge. They are better designed for shooting double action. If you only plan to shoot it single action and like it a lot but may sell it then put S&W grips on it. It will bring more money at resale.

BTW, I did learn to shoot double action with the S&W target grip because Houge wasn't around then and I didn't know any better. It can be done if you just love the look and deal of the S&W target grip.
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Those wood targets are worthless for shooting magnum loads - the trigger guard will batter your fingers. S&W wood combats or Hogue wood will work much better. The rubber Hogues work, but they're hideous.

You might want to look around before you buy new wood. Lots of custom makers offer beautiful grips for a 686.

By the way, I collected well over a hundred post-war S&W revolvers of all kinds, and the 686 4" was by far my favorite aesthetically and as a shooter.
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