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Old 07-08-2018, 09:06 AM
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There is a 4" 686 Mountain Gun for sale locally (6 shot, with lock). Have only seen a not very good photo, but gun looks to be in decent condition. I checked GB and 686 Mountain guns seem to start at about $1000, is that accurate pricing?
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:11 AM
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Seems close to me. I don't know how the 686 version/frames compare to the N frame versions but the N frames are usually $1,000-$1,200 depending upon caliber.

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Old 07-08-2018, 09:18 AM
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I don’t know much about the prices of new MGs, but the older models are commonly found at $1,000+.

I know I wouldn’t sell mine for that...
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Old 07-08-2018, 12:51 PM
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It is a -6, no box or docs.
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Agree, and possibly the Mountain Gun produced in the lowest total number of units. While 1000 dollars may seem high for a 686 IMO it's a fair price.
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Since my first 45Colt Mountain Gun, and
now my 44Mag MG, I have an eye for them.

If pictures are bad, beware, think twice.
If the sale is Face to Face, and it checks
out upon inspection....

Condition is everything, as least to me.

I would take cash and offer $850 cash showing
the Cash and start there. Remember your saving
sales tax, shipping, etc.

Cash talks.
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Well a little under $650 ($625 to seller and $20.50 for transfer) the gun is mine. It has been shot a little not much, but locks up tighter than a drum. Needs a good cleaning, but I figured I would shoot it first. Pictures are from seller and not great.
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I think you did very well. With the money you saved, you can get a nice set of wood stocks.
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Very nice! I've never even seen one of these.
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I always wanted one of those! - and never saw one nice enough to buy. The price was very fair, in my opinion. You did well! Congratulations on your new sixgun!
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Just curious, what makes it a "Mountain Gun"? I'm looking at a very similar 686-6, with a CTU-20XX S/N and it looks pretty similar. But the one I'm stalking is billed as a "Distinguished Combat" model.
Not a total Newbie question, as I owned a 686 once upon a time, but that was quite a few years ago. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Mine says mountain gun on the barrel and differs from the normal 686 by not having a full lug barrel.
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Mine says mountain gun on the barrel and differs from the normal 686 by not having a full lug barrel.
Also, Mountain Guns have the thinner barrel and chamfered cylinder. I was under the impression that all 686 Mountain Guns were 7 shot versions. Always learning something new here.
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Just curious, what makes it a "Mountain Gun"? I'm looking at a very similar 686-6, with a CTU-20XX S/N and it looks pretty similar. But the one I'm stalking is billed as a "Distinguished Combat" model.
Not a total Newbie question, as I owned a 686 once upon a time, but that was quite a few years ago. Can anyone enlighten me?
Mountain Guns were a series of small production runs of lighter weight but still all steel revolvers. All except the .357 Model 686s were .41 and larger caliber N frames. Among the N frames .44 Magnums are most common followed by .45 Colts then .41 Magnums. .45 ACPs are the least common and definitely less common than .357 Model 686s. Whether stainless or blued the defining characteristics are light tapered barrels with skinny barrel ribs and ejector rod shrouds, round butts, all black sights and a "black powder bevel" on the front of the cylinder. When they were introduced nearly all other 4" N frames and most 4" L frames had square butts. Later in the 1990s they became less different from standard production when S&W discontinued all square butt frames.

While standard full lug 686s were heavy for belt holsters the Mountain Gun version matched the 36 ounce weight of 4" Model 66s. There were two distinct vintages of Model 686 Mountain Guns. The first were dash 5 seven shooters made in the 1990s. Those are the ones that fetch high prices. Comparing their value to the later 6 shooters with internal locks is comparing apples to oranges.

The name Distinguished Combat Magnum dates back to the introduction of the L frame about 1979. So far as I know that name does not distinguish any L frame variation form the others.

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My 686-5. Red post on patridge front sight. As with my .44 MG ALL the Sorry etched markings have worn off/disappeared from from the barrel and frame.
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Close, but no cigar, is my 686-6, 5" Pro-Series. I really like everything about this 1! Of course I had to take off the rubber grips. Bob
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Mountain Guns were a series of small production runs of lighter weight but still all steel revolvers. All except the .357 Model 686s were .41 and larger caliber N frames. Among the N frames .44 Magnums are most common followed by .45 Colts then .41 Magnums. .45 ACPs are the least common and definitely less common than .357 Model 686s. Whether stainless or blued the defining characteristics are light tapered barrels with skinny barrel ribs and ejector rod shrouds, round butts, all black sights and a "black powder bevel" on the front of the cylinder. When they were introduced nearly all other 4" N frames and most 4" L frames had square butts. Later in the 1990s they became less different from standard production when S&W discontinued all square butt frames.

While standard full lug 686s were heavy for belt holsters the Mountain Gun version matched the 36 ounce weight of 4" Model 66s. There were two distinct vintages of Model 686 Mountain Guns. The first were dash 5 seven shooters made in the 1990s. Those are the ones that fetch high prices. Comparing their value to the later 6 shooters with internal locks is comparing apples to oranges.

The name Distinguished Combat Magnum dates back to the introduction of the L frame about 1979. So far as I know that name does not distinguish any L frame variation form the others.
For kicks and giggles.....45 ACP MG
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Well a little under $650 ($625 to seller and $20.50 for transfer) the gun is mine. It has been shot a little not much, but locks up tighter than a drum. Needs a good cleaning, but I figured I would shoot it first. Pictures are from seller and not great.

You have acquired a very nice and desirable 357. Enjoy for a long time!
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I would like to find one of those .22 mountain guns to have as a companion for the .357.
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