Differences between a S&W 686-3 and 686-4?

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    Differences between a S&W 686-3 and 686-4?

    You guys have been very helpful on this site!

    The 686-4 I now have is a dream.

    I noticed that another local dealer has a S&W 686-3 for sale for $430 in NIB condition.

    Are there any external differences between the 686-3 and 686-4?

    What are the internal differences?

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    I think the main differences are they upgraded the sights from -3 to -4, they started coming with Hogue grips from the factory, and I think they changed the extractor. I also speculate the "-4" was the first generation of the seven capacity cylinders.

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    7 capacity

    Quote Originally Posted by Euclidean
    I think the main differences are they upgraded the sights from -3 to -4, they started coming with Hogue grips from the factory, and I think they changed the extractor. I also speculate the "-4" was the first generation of the seven capacity cylinders.

    Mine -4 is 6 shot capacity

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    Ridge - let me re post a pic I did for Euc I think it was - data on the 586 and 686 models.


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    No thats a Good Info pic there Chris dont suppose there is a website that lists all that stuff is there?

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    That was scanned Bud from Std catalog of S&W edition #2. I do not know of any site that covers all that is in it, tho - it would be real useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridge Runner
    Mine -4 is 6 shot capacity
    Not all 686's are 7 shot capacity, obviously, but this was the first generation they were introduced as an option.

    I'd forgot all about that P95. Good show!

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    what about a book? Im not a smith guy but still

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    Bud -

    Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson. Jim Supica and Richard Nahas.

    Published by krause publications. ISBN - 0-87349-272-2
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    Sweet ill have to look for one

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    Forgot to write it in - it is now in second edition.
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    Forgot to write it in - it is now, currently, in second edition.
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    Order it direct from the author.

    http://www.armchairgunshow.com/scsw.htm

    I have met Rick Nahas and have had several conversations with Jim Supica. Both are great guys and serious about their S&Ws. Since I've relocated from Rick's neighborhood (Virginia) to Jim's (he's in Kansas right across the river) I'm hoping to meet Jim one of these days. He has extended the invitation, but I have to be home long enough to take him up on it.

    Also if you are serious about guns Jim's website is very good and I can highly recommend his catalog. It is awesome. I keep the SCS&W 1st and 2nd Editions by my computer along with a dictionary. You can tell from my posts I don't use the dictionary much, but the two SCS&Ws get plenty of use.

    There are more than a few of us pushing to get them to do a 3rd Edition. No commitment from them as of yet.

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    Good Link Scott thanks

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