S&w 686

S&w 686

This is a discussion on S&w 686 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was wondering if I can enlist your expertise on S&W's. Mine is not a carry gun. When I purchased it NIB back in the ...

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: S&w 686

  1. #1
    Senior Member Array Rhome's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    697

    S&w 686

    I was wondering if I can enlist your expertise on S&W's. Mine is not a carry gun. When I purchased it NIB back in the late 80's -early 90's it came to me as a 686-2 with a 8' Barrel, I had Bill Davis cut the barrel down to 6 3/8". My question is, have any of you seen another barrel milled for Millet scope rings come out of the factory? The dealer said it wasn't a special order and I haven't seen another like it. I have been to the S&W forum and I suppose I'm just not smart enough to post pics on it So any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks, Rhome







  2. #2
    VIP Member
    Array Scott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    The Old Dominion
    Posts
    5,050
    If you have the original box there is a product code on the end. Looks like this one was made in 1989 only from what I can tell from my catalog. Product code would be 104251.

    Not sure what else you may be looking for on the gun.

    -Scott-

  3. #3
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,484
    Nice machining and I have no answers! Your barrel lacks the expected fine fluting lines along top, but suppose that could have been machined off - otherwise it looks like a usual full underlug 686.

    Great guns and those ring mount machined areas are nice - supposedly all done to make a nice .357 hunting package..
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Array WJP9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    813
    That things a beast....I think I like it.
    -Bill

    "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."

  5. #5
    Senior Member Array Roadrunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NW PA
    Posts
    737
    I almost bought an 8" barrelled 686 with a barrel milled just like that a few months back. As far as I know it was a factory barrel.
    - Kurt
    “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” ~Pericles of Athens
    Primary Carry - Colt Commander .45 in a Brommeland Max-Con V

  6. #6
    Senior Member Array Rhome's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    697
    I'm trying to find out if this was a special run from the factory and if so how many they produced. I've looked at tons of pics of S&W's and have never seen one. I know the gun is nothing special just curious I suppose. I wish I still had the box for it but the dreadfull ex through it away. Yeh, Roadrunner my 686 started life as a 8" barrel also, but when I started competing it's all I had, so I had the barrel cut to 6". The gun was accurate with a 8" bbl but after it was cut to 6" it is dead on accurate. I think I read somewhere that 6" is the optimum barrel lenght for a .357 mag.

  7. #7
    VIP Member
    Array Scott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    The Old Dominion
    Posts
    5,050
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhome
    I'm trying to find out if this was a special run from the factory and if so how many they produced. I've looked at tons of pics of S&W's and have never seen one. I know the gun is nothing special just curious I suppose. I wish I still had the box for it but the dreadfull ex through it away. Yeh, Roadrunner my 686 started life as a 8" barrel also, but when I started competing it's all I had, so I had the barrel cut to 6". The gun was accurate with a 8" bbl but after it was cut to 6" it is dead on accurate. I think I read somewhere that 6" is the optimum barrel lenght for a .357 mag.
    Not a special run, but a cataloged item. There is no definite info on how many were produced. You can contact S&W for a letter telling you about your particular gun, but it will likely contain the production numbers for all 8 3/8" 686s probably for 1989. It may also just list total production of 686s for 1989. The letter costs $35 and takes about 6-8 weeks. I have only lettered a few of my more collectable S&W revolvers. Click Here to go to the history request form

    -Scott-

  8. #8
    Senior Member Array Rhome's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    697
    Thank You Scott I appreciate it......Rhome

  9. #9
    Member Array NEtracker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    MA
    Posts
    179
    Very nice 686. Mine is a plain jane 4 inch six shooter. Nothing fancy, but I like it. I'm going to look at some Smiths tomorrow. I have that need for another wheel gun. :)
    NRA Instructor/RSO/Coach/Recruiter
    www.mallardspring.com
    Fenix, Olight, Nitecore, AMK, Leatherman, Condor, Maxpedition
    Forum Member 8% Discount code dccwms8

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Away - Health Problems
    Posts
    17,353
    I cant tell ya anything about it but nice looking 686

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

686 scoped

,
bill davis smith & wesson
,
bill davis smith wesson
,

s & w 686 8 1/4

,

s&w 686 8 3 8 inch

,

s&w 686 part number 104191 box marked special order

,
s&w 686 scope base
,

slip on underlug bill davis

,
smith & wesson milled scallop scope rings
,
smith and wesson 104251
,
smith wesson 104251
,
sw 686 8 3/8 inch barrel
Click on a term to search for related topics.

» Log in

User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!

» DefensiveCarry Sponsors