686 3" Price???

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    686 3" Price???

    I need some help...I have located a 3" 686 S&W 357 for $550...the gun is used but in excellent shape... Is this a decent price??? thanks Robbie

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    I am now thinking it is a 2.5"..

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    My dad has one with 4" barrel, great guns indeed. Didn't know about a 3" option. That price I can't say. Others here can no doubt give better imput than me. But as I sit here I'm thinking it could be a bit high, or it could be a steal. Any options thrown in? I the seller the first owner? ect.

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    Are you sure it's a 3" and not a 2.5"? They did make them in 3", but they are rarer than the 2.5" and I've never seen one.

    Here's one on Gunbroker right now...............

    S&W 686+ 3" barrel NIB : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

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    I am thinking its a 2.5" six shot... I think it would make a great CCW piece...

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    686 snubbies...

    S&W 686 snubbies tend to sell for more than the same gun with 4 or 6 inch barrel length. Of the two "snubbie" lengths, the 2.5 inch is more common and sells for less, while the 3 inch is fairly rare and will sell for more.

    As a data point, I bought the 2.5 inch 686 below for $595 about a year ago:

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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    I am thinking its a 2.5" six shot... I think it would make a great CCW piece...
    Very nice revolver, but HEAVY.

    I love Smith wheelguns, but this would not be my first choice for my EDC, and I do have one in 2.5".
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    S&W 686 snubbies tend to sell for more than the same gun with 4 or 6 inch barrel length. Of the two "snubbie" lengths, the 2.5 inch is more common and sells for less, while the 3 inch is fairly rare and will sell for more.

    As a data point, I bought the 2.5 inch 686 below for $595 about a year ago:

    That was a sweet snubbie!!!
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    I personally like the weight of the 2.5" -686. It makes for a very nice shooter. All day, any day. JMO
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    I'd say that is about average for the price, not a great deal, but not a bad deal.

    They are great guns, and they just keep going up in price, so if you really want it I'd say buy it for that price.
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    I've been looking for one too... That's an decent price, you seldom see one on Gunbroker for under $600. I'd say go for it...
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    My Blue Book of Guns says...
    6 shot @ 100% = $615, 98% = $485
    7 shot @ 100% = $650, 98% = $515

    Hope that helps.

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    I would say a fair price, but not a great deal.
    I own a 686+ with a 3" barrel and up until two weeks ago it was my EDC.
    I was lucky to find a Model 65-5 with a 3" barrel that had never been fired for $400.00, and I snatched that one up as fast as I could. The deal got even sweeter when I picked it up and the seller threw in 2 speedloaders a holster and 100 rounds that he had no need for. Now that was a great deal!
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    IMO the 3" barreled S&W's are the most versatile revolvers made. If it is a 3" thats a great price. If not it's a good price. Easy to pack, longer sight radius and positive ejection of spent cases.
    I've owned a 2.5" model 686 and have a CS-1 and CS-3. The 2.5 " is gone and I'll never seperate the CS's. They both shoot like they have 6" barrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southarkrob View Post
    I need some help...I have located a 3" 686 S&W 357 for $550...the gun is used but in excellent shape... Is this a decent price??? thanks Robbie
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    If it has the Hillary Hole you will have to pay me $50 to look at it, more to purchase. If you have a Hillary Hole free 3" gun then I would think the price you listed was fair.

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