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Old 04-17-2018, 10:02 PM
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Found online, I bid, didn't get outbid as I expected. Not going to sell it so I was ok with it not having a box or papers and ****. It is BEN97xx 686-3 with 2.5" barrel, some pretty nice grained Combats.
Of course .357mag. sorry for the crappy pics.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:06 PM
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Pretty sure from 1989. I have its twin from 89 also. Great Snub. I don't see them around here at all. Feel luck to have found mine. Great find!!
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Old 04-18-2018, 12:15 AM
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Congratulations! Nice pick up!
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Old 04-18-2018, 12:24 AM
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If you don't mind, what was the selling price?
I'm seriously considering a 3" just like it.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:00 PM
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You're gonna like that one!! I had to go look to find mine is a -4. It shoots as good as a 4 inch, but mostly it resides by the bed.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:28 PM
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
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The last revolvers to ship wearing S&W made Combats were 2 1/2" 686-3s. I bought mine in a local gun store for substantially less than the new 7 shot 3" 686-?s that were in stores at the time. If I was the sort of scum ball who would separate a revolver from its stocks mine could have cost me less than a ratty Model 10. I figured that in the heat of a blazing gun battle I'd probably reload out of habit after 6 dumping the 7th on my toes so the older gun was more cost effective. Besides the appearance of Combats and chromed forged hammers and triggers is desirable.
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"Is This Desirable I Like It"

Question asked and answered . Enjoy!
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Found online, I bid, didn't get outbid as I expected. Not going to sell it so I was ok with it not having a box or papers and ****. It is BEN97xx 686-3 with 2.5" barrel, some pretty nice grained Combats.
Of course .357mag. sorry for the crappy pics.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:33 PM
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I wouldn't throw it outta bed! You got you a keeper sir. Congrats!
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Need pictures of the fireball when you touch that beauty off in low light. Should be impressive.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:56 PM
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WOW! You hit the jackpot!
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The -3 is the best M686 snubby in my view. I'll gladly take a flash chromed hammer and trigger over the drilled and tapped top strap of a -4. I'd never put optics on a snubby anyway.

The BEN prefix was used on new revolvers that were shipping in.....
November - 1989 to February 1990.
December was by far the most common. Product code was 104231.
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great find. I would be happy with it myself.
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You done good.
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Yes, people tend to like those
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Very nice.
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