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I have seen a lot of Smith & Wessons advertised as "Talo Edition". What exactly does that mean?

Also if I have a new in the box Mountain Gun [Model 29-8] is there any code on the box which signifies Talo?

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I have the Talo 29 Mountain Gun. It came with special wood grips and a real nice bright blue finish. It probably varies with the model as to what exhancements they do. However it is basically the same except for the minor tweaking.
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Talo is a distributor. just like lipsey's or lew horton. they get special runs of guns and sell them. sometimes with just very minute changes, like the wooden grips on the mountain gun.
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I contacted TALO about their current 686 plus 3 inch. They told me the only difference between it and a regular 686 plus 3 inch are the wooden grips.
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On Talo's Website, they show a 4" Factory Engraved Model 500, Has anyone seen this model, Can't seem to get any information on it.
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Thanks for responses. Now one more question.....I have someone who wants to trade a 586 2 1/2" for this Talo. Both are in 95-98% condition.Both in original boxes.
Deal or no deal?
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I would think the MG would be worth more than the 586, maybe $100 or so. You could compare retail prices to get an idea of the relative worth.

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I bought this revolver new in July of 2010. Is this a so-called "TALO" gun? If so, how can you tell? Does it matter at all?

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1) it doesn't matter to the level of nimrod shooters like me TALO or not, but that is speaking only for myself;

2) The design of the wooden grip looks a little different than others I've seen.

Some collectors make a lot more out of these little differences than non-collectors can keep up with. Those 'little differences' can make a lot of difference in $$$.
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Not sure what if any differences other than the grips, but both my Talo 629 amend 686 were cheaper then regular versions.
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My next Talo handgun just showed up today, a Ruger GP100 Wiley Clapp Talo edition......... it is a thing of beauty, if it shoots as good as it looks......... well lets just say I'll be even more pleased............ here are some picc's for your viewing pleasure.







thanks for looking.........
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I purchased a 686 "Talo" edition and the only difference was the grips, which I had to remove because they were too small. After about 50 rounds the blood appeared on my hand. I bought a pair of target grips and couldn't be happier. I'll save the grips for resale...
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I bought one of the TALO 3-5-7 series 686 plus revolvers. 3"/5"/7" barrel, unfluted cylinder, and TALO stocks. I bought the 7" as a range gun.
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I believe the difference is usually just the grips. I am fairly certain you can buy the grips through Altamont for $50-$60.

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Thanks for responses. Now one more question.....I have someone who wants to trade a 586 2 1/2" for this Talo. Both are in 95-98% condition.Both in original boxes.
Deal or no deal?
I would jump on that deal. The 2 1/2" 586 is hard to find (assuming pre-lock).
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I bought this revolver new in July of 2010. Is this a so-called "TALO" gun? If so, how can you tell? Does it matter at all?

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The grips would appear to be the correct Talo\Lew Horton grips. I have not been able to find those grips anywhere else. I purchased the 3" 686plus from LH recently and also picked up a custom built 686plus with the grips and gold trigger, hammer and other parts.
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I purchased a 686 "Talo" edition and the only difference was the grips, which I had to remove because they were too small. After about 50 rounds the blood appeared on my hand. I bought a pair of target grips and couldn't be happier. I'll save the grips for resale...
How much..... pm me please..
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Grips? $65 at Ahrends on line
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I don't want Ahrends, I want those Talo grips you are saving for resale...
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Something to go with these... where do you buy these grips...







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Talo's will go with the gun when I can find a decent 686 or 586 w/o the "hole" They DO make the gun look special and maybe a few more $ in trade. Mine happens to be a 3 inch.
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TALO is a distributor of firearms. It is a consortium of 3 or 4 smaller distributors that got together and decided to become 1 bigger distributor to compete with the big boys. The name is from the states the smaller distributors are in, just can't remember which ones off hand. Texas, Alabama and Lousiana ring a bell though. You can look it up if you are really that interested though. They frequently have "special editions" just like Lipsey's and others. The distributors call up the manufacturer, request a LARGE order of guns that are somewhat different than factory then put their label on them. Check out the Ruger web site and they have dedicated section to "distributor" models. Alot of the time there are minimal changes - such as grips, sites, barrel length, etc. Occasionally it will be a special caliber - 44spl, or a convertible type firearm. They will usually command a small premium over the factory type firearm. There is really no performance increase in these guns, most of them being cosmetic only.
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Talo's will go with the gun when I can find a decent 686 or 586 w/o the "hole" They DO make the gun look special and maybe a few more $ in trade. Mine happens to be a 3 inch.
I was just workin ya... Can't fault a guy for trying. Just in case someone wants to pou pou the Talo guns as just being a set of grips... try finding those grips without a gun attached... I'm in the market for the Talo and Lew Horton 3" guns... at the right price of course..

Thanks Phil, hope I didn't aggitate ya..
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Talking Talo.....

Turbo...I didn'think the grips were special...I WILL sell the grips for.... about...$650... and I'll throw in the gun!
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Turbo...I didn'think the grips were special...I WILL sell the grips for.... about...$650... and I'll throw in the gun!
Hahaha, that's great... so got some pics? Is it the same gun as the first one in the pics I posted?
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Looks pretty much the same (except mine appears newer, Probably the camera,) and I have the 7-shot. I "gave " a 1980's 686 to my son who uses it for a house gun (has a 4 in. barrel) . I might sneek in his house someday and switch the suckers. Maybe he won't notice.
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Looks pretty much the same (except mine appears newer, Probably the camera,) and I have the 7-shot. I "gave " a 1980's 686 to my son who uses it for a house gun (has a 4 in. barrel) . I might sneek in his house someday and switch the suckers. Maybe he won't notice.
Good father, I need a 629-3" Talo or Lew Horton...
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another comment on talo grips-I heard they were made for Talo by Altamont and the grips are not sold by Talo, S&W or Altamont to the general public. The bay bid site usually has a pair someone is selling.
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