Quick 586 research

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    Quick 586 research

    I realize this is a shot in the dark(pun intended) and I'd be better off looking on a more specific forum, but does anyone here have the Smith and Wesson catalog or a good memory?

    I seem to remember the 686 was the Distinguished Service Magnum, and the 586 is the Distinguished Combat Magnum. Is that correct?

    I realize this has absolutely nothing to do with the gun itself so maybe I should have put it in a different subforum, but oh well. Mods can move the thread if they need to.

    It's a very minor thing that's driving me crazy.

    Curse you Smith and Wesson for making all these sweet revolvers when I was just a little kid and then making me go back and track them all down years later.

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    I seem to remember the 686 was the Distinguished Service Magnum, and the 586 is the Distinguished Combat Magnum. Is that correct?
    Euc - yes, correct. The 586 of course is the blued and the 686 the stainless. Re 686, just to kick this off -

    Approx history is -

    686 ''dash nothing'' - 1980

    686-1, 1986 - radius stud package and floating hand

    686-M - 1987 recall stamping on earlier versions

    686-2, 1987, hammer nose change, bushing and ass'd parts

    686-3, 1988, new yoke retention system
    1990 - 2 1/2" barrel introduced.

    686-4 ........ 1994 thru 1998 - many changes including move to 7 shot, sight changes etc.

    686-5 on is I think the change to MIM parts.


    I have more info re 586 but need to go look it up when time.
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    Hehe I'd think describing the version history of the 586 wouldn't be too hard, as it has not been mutated as often as the 686 has!

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    Actually Euc, and without transcribing the info - the 586 history reflects the 686 to a high degree!!!

    If you want said info let me know and I'll copy it tomorrow. Gotta quit soon.
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    Really? I don't remember much about the 586 I guess. That'd be great if you get time to do it, if not don't sweat it. Thanks.

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    Euc - before I quit - here is a scan - largish file I'm afraid but - gives the main history of each. From Std catalog of S&W edition #2. -



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    Thanks again.

    Wow has it really been 6 years since there was a model 586? That's one of the best revolvers ever in the history of revolvers. I can't believe it's been out of production that long.

    I know the 686 is the same thing, but given the popularity of blued guns I am surprised still.

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