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Old 09-08-2018, 05:15 PM
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Sold three guns at a large show today. I checked out literally thousands of guns. After going over the tables I found one of my grail guns. It was a 686-5 snubby with wood grips and a generic blue plastic box. The asking price was $ 950. I checked it out and left to look at other guns I am interested in. I came back by it and pealed out 8 $ 100 bills and a fifty. I was a little shocked when he said no and did not even counter offer.


I walked away and did not buy anything. I am looking at a 66 -1 snubby locally but I already have 4-66's. Was his price a good price? Should I have bought it or not?? If it had been a -4 I would have jumped on it but these guns are rare. What do you think?

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Ahhhh you probably made a wise choice to hold out for a dash 4. I bid up a -5 snubby on gun broker this year and it went up over $850 and I tapped out.

With a dash 5 the only difference is the IL. I would not pay more for a -5 than a brand new -6.
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Ahhhh you probably made a wise choice to hold out for a dash 4. I bid up a -5 snubby on gun broker this year and it went up over $850 and I tapped out.

With a dash 5 the only difference is the IL. I would not pay more for a -5 than a brand new -6.
No the -5 changed to frame mounted firing pin. The -6 added the lock.
I have a -4 7shot 2.5" and I would not let it go for less than 1k (plus shipping)
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A fair price is what we all want... but if you just gota' have it no matter what the cost, I am happy for you.


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No the -5 changed to frame mounted firing pin. The -6 added the lock.
I have a -4 7shot 2.5" and I would not let it go for less than 1k (plus shipping)
What I meant was because the only difference between a dash 5 and dash 6 was the internal lock I would not pay more for a used dash 5 than a new dash 6.
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What I meant was because the only difference between a dash 5 and dash 6 was the internal lock I would not pay more for a used dash 5 than a new dash 6.
I guess it depends on the person people have different views.
I personally would pay double for a nice used pre lock dash 5 over a brand new dash 6 lock gun.
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I personally would pay double for a nice used pre lock dash 5 over a brand new dash 6 lock gun.
Wow, Ill PM you if I ever sell my 4 -5.
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Wow, Ill PM you if I ever sell my 4 -5.
Don't get your hopes up
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Thought about going back but decided not to. Had to console myself with buying an excellent 66-1 snubby for $ 100 less. Also came with a holster, 100 rounds of Silvertips and 50 softpoints. All in 357 magnum.
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Don't get your hopes up
Catch me at the first of the month,, see if I wont buy a good old pre lock Smith. Sometimes I get plum haywire, and buy 2 or 3
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Catch me at the first of the month,, see if I wont buy a good old pre lock Smith. Sometimes I get plum haywire, and buy 2 or 3
Ok, but for $1300? I'm your Huckleberry!
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Ok, but for $1300? I'm your Huckleberry!
Original box ?
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The "plus" to own is the -4, followed by -5. Personally if the box was original to the revolver I don't see $950 out of line, especially if a -6 is $850 retail or so

Maybe you should have countered with a middle offer???

candidly I'm a collector and will pay more for things I want.

I also look at it as if you pay a little more today but get what you want, especially if a grail piece...who cares
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These 686's -4 and -5, 6 or 7 shot, 2.5 or 4" barrels are not going to get any cheaper. Anything pre-lock will be out of range soon enough, so it is up to you. I have hunted for 15 years for a S&W 686-4 4" seven shooter. Never found it. However I did find a 686-4 4" barrel six shooter and a 686-5 4" seven shooter, both Pre-lock, so I bought them both. I am very happy... but no 686-4 4" seven shooter yet (My Holy Grail Gun). Will I...? Maybe, but I know it will have a 'Premium' price.

S&W 686-4 4" six shooter....


S&W 686-5 4" seven shooter

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