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S&W 15-4 for a 686-1

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by gruntmedik, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    Would you trade a 686-1 for a 15-4 with box and paperwork? 686 in good condition, 15 appears to be from pics.
  2. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    Tough decision, I own both. Both are great revolvers in their own right. I would probably keep the 686 for the reason that it is a .357 mag vs the .38 spl model 15.

  3. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    You were one of the people I was hoping would respond, as I seem to remember you having several S&W revolvers.

    I thought about the caliber difference, but I have a couple Rugers and a levergun in 357, but I believe you're right. I've just always liked the blued S&W's, but don't have one yet.
  4. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    It is a tough decision, but I'd probably keep the 686 as well.
  5. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    A 15 is currently a blank spot in my collection but, even considering that and probably especially if I didn't collect S&Ws I wouldn't do it. About the only way I could see it would be if I carried the "L" frame everyday and it was just too heavy. If it were I'd still go to a 19 or a 66 . For a range gun, or nightstand gun nope, no trade
  6. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    Thanks, I do have a sentimental attachment to the model 15 since I carried one in th USAF. Even then, I still used my 581 and 586 in the police matches I used to shoot in. It's really hard to find the blued 586 in good condition in this area. I can't remember the last time I've seen a 581.

    I seem to gravitate towards the blued revolvers myself. I seldom head out to buy a specific gun, I just look for nice examples of models or variations of those models I don't have. More times than not I come home with something blued for some reason. Although I like stainless guns too.
  7. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    My Father also carried one. He was full-time KYANG.

    I'll wait. One will pop up one day.
  8. I would but I just don't like the 686. Still the 686 would probably sell for more so I'd want the owner of the Model 15 to kick in some "boot" even with the box and papers.
  9. billy b

    billy b

    Jan 29, 2009
    i also have both. my model 15 is a no dash. 686 has been tuned by a pro & has a very smooth action. it also has been magnaported. there are a lot more 686 around than there are 15's, something to think about.
  10. amd65


    Nov 13, 2004
    North Coast of Ohio
    My first S&W was a Model 15-3 I stumbled into at a gun show for a bargain price. I knew nothing about them, and had been looking for a Model 10 when I found the 15-3 for $175.
    That revolver handled and shot so well that I went on to buy several other S&W's.
    One was a 686-1. I liked it, and it shot very well. But, I just plain preferred the way the 15-3 handled. There is something perfect about it...the 15 really is a Combat Masterpiece.
    I ended up selling the 686-1.
  11. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I like a K frame better than an L frame, but I agree that the 686 right now is probably worth a bit more than the Model 15, unless the Model 15 was in virtually new condition and/or an unusual barrel length.
  12. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    Why would you trade a gun that shoots 357 and 38 Spl for a gun that only shoots 38 Spl?