Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Notices

S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present All NON-PINNED Barrels, the L-Frames, and the New Era Revolvers


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-23-2020, 03:36 PM
revho's Avatar
revho revho is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Beaverdam, MI
Posts: 711
Likes: 18
Liked 1,010 Times in 232 Posts
Default 686-4 2.5” find

Listed as a 3” barrel I thought I would find a black ramp sight and full length extractor. Upon visual it turned out to be a red ramp, 2.5” barrel, & RB. Either way, Couldn’t pass it up for $800. I do not like the grips and am on the look out for K/L RB Shooter grade checkered walnut Target or Magnas. I just prefer the classic look of stainless and walnut or blued with walnut.

On to the pics!










Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-23-2020, 03:42 PM
SLT223 SLT223 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,847
Likes: 1,997
Liked 3,958 Times in 1,133 Posts
Default

Nice find! I really like the 2" 686's. I got 2" 686-3 last year with the same grips. Ugly in my opinion, but man do they fit my hand well! I've slapped on a set of Culina's, but kept the Hogues...at least I think they're Hogues.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-23-2020, 03:49 PM
rbmac52's Avatar
rbmac52 rbmac52 is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,218
Likes: 1,264
Liked 1,056 Times in 475 Posts
Default

Nice score!

As for the grips, I am not a fan of laminated woods, especially unusual colors. That said, Hogue hardwood grips like those are very utilitarian and ,in the right wood, very good looking.

I'm with you, though, in preferring original factory stocks on classics like that one!
__________________
FBINA, 204th Session
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-23-2020, 06:26 PM
jdlii's Avatar
jdlii jdlii is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: TN
Posts: 1,592
Likes: 3,005
Liked 3,075 Times in 915 Posts
Default

I hope you like it as much as I do mine. Great shooters and the accuracy will surprise you!

Nice find!
Attached Thumbnails
-fullsizeoutput_113-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #5  
Old 05-23-2020, 07:10 PM
MrMoose's Avatar
MrMoose MrMoose is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 35
Likes: 41
Liked 58 Times in 21 Posts
Default

Great revolver you have there - congratulations. I lucked into one in amazing condition last month without the box. I believe my AEZ was produced between 11/84-01/85. I read that these short-barrel L frames were ordered as a custom configuration for Lew Horton and that S&W did not make a 2.5” version before that.

I learned mine is part of a product warning for “reports of cylinder binding with some types of standard .357 Magnum ammunition.” Mine did not have the M stamp indicating the improved hammer nose (firing pin) & hammer nose bushing work was performed. It is in the good hands of our friends at S&W right now for inspection and modifications, if needed. When I get “the call,” I plan on asking about action tune and possibly high bright polish treatment from the Performance Center.

Really curious to hear from others about grips and holsters that work well? Anyone replace rear sight with a combat-style sight? What ammo do you plan to use? If you plan on firing yours and get it out to the range, please let us know how it performs.
Attached Thumbnails
-f897ca50-b4cf-47ec-914f-f96259c9ffbd-jpeg   -2e87ed46-d9f1-41b0-b664-60cec2532ec9-jpeg  
__________________
Regards,
-MrMoose
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #6  
Old 05-23-2020, 07:39 PM
Bill In Texas Bill In Texas is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 2,631
Likes: 2,809
Liked 1,053 Times in 725 Posts
Default

Congratulations! That's a nice snubbie. I'm with you on the grips.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-23-2020, 08:05 PM
cremaley's Avatar
cremaley cremaley is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia
Posts: 100
Likes: 2
Liked 95 Times in 37 Posts
Default

Very nice find.
__________________
Veteran/NRA Member/S&W 327
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-24-2020, 01:30 PM
Fide686's Avatar
Fide686 Fide686 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Near Rochester NY
Posts: 134
Likes: 16
Liked 210 Times in 52 Posts
Default Excellent IWB Holster

MK-Tek makes my favorite 686 2&1-2” holster. Kydex with an offset belt clip that will work with even the thickest belt. You can order with out the end pinched for 3” guns. Conceals amazingly well. ‘Wish they made K frame holsters.
__________________
Fide Et Amore
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #9  
Old 05-24-2020, 02:06 PM
Spokes Spokes is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: S.E.Florida
Posts: 321
Likes: 193
Liked 236 Times in 140 Posts
Default

Great find. I have shot those short barrel 686's. They balance and shoot great..
__________________
NRA Benefactor
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-24-2020, 02:36 PM
CH4's Avatar
CH4 CH4 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Nevada/Philippines
Posts: 4,431
Likes: 9,538
Liked 8,386 Times in 2,727 Posts
Default

Congrats on finding such a desirable piece. I sure appreciate my two remaining examples.

-4+
no dash LH
Attached Thumbnails
-09a23ce3-07e8-4fbf-abff-e51372f554f0-jpg   -997be4fa-fad3-4b27-a9b5-2125c375dd5a-jpg  
__________________
FBINA 213
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #11  
Old 05-24-2020, 09:34 PM
NavySCPO's Avatar
NavySCPO NavySCPO is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Carrollton GA
Posts: 356
Likes: 692
Liked 1,048 Times in 210 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMoose View Post
Great revolver you have there - congratulations. I lucked into one in amazing condition last month without the box. I believe my AEZ was produced between 11/84-01/85. I read that these short-barrel L frames were ordered as a custom configuration for Lew Horton and that S&W did not make a 2.5” version before that.

I learned mine is part of a product warning for “reports of cylinder binding with some types of standard .357 Magnum ammunition.” Mine did not have the M stamp indicating the improved hammer nose (firing pin) & hammer nose bushing work was performed. It is in the good hands of our friends at S&W right now for inspection and modifications, if needed. When I get “the call,” I plan on asking about action tune and possibly high bright polish treatment from the Performance Center.

Really curious to hear from others about grips and holsters that work well? Anyone replace rear sight with a combat-style sight? What ammo do you plan to use? If you plan on firing yours and get it out to the range, please let us know how it performs.
My -1 has been up there for the same fix for a couple of months now, actually the receipt letter came on March 3rd...All quiet on the Western Front, not a peep out of Springfield yet, but then who knows if they have even been working?

OP, as you can see, not much better looking grips than the Snubby with Combats, just fits this gun perfect IMHO.
Attached Thumbnails
-9620ac0c-1fdf-4172-8d5b-e7ddd2e8e0fb-jpg  
__________________
Danny
SWCA #3370 - SWHF #672
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Like Post:
  #12  
Old 05-24-2020, 10:05 PM
llowry61 llowry61 is offline
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 772
Likes: 5,680
Liked 1,231 Times in 484 Posts
Default

Those are all really nice, been looking for one for awhile. Won't pay the full freight on the ones I have seen where folks are asking 1k plus. Love the 686's in all barrel lengths. Need these to cover all the lengths, oh well that is the fun right.

I love the original combats and I am ok with the laminated stocks as well.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-24-2020, 10:51 PM
revho's Avatar
revho revho is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Beaverdam, MI
Posts: 711
Likes: 18
Liked 1,010 Times in 232 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NavySCPO View Post
My -1 has been up there for the same fix for a couple of months now, actually the receipt letter came on March 3rd...All quiet on the Western Front, not a peep out of Springfield yet, but then who knows if they have even been working?

OP, as you can see, not much better looking grips than the Snubby with Combats, just fits this gun perfect IMHO.

I wouldn’t kick the combat stocks out of bed!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-25-2020, 01:33 AM
2sharp2's Avatar
2sharp2 2sharp2 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 105
Likes: 216
Liked 232 Times in 56 Posts
Default

I would buy that all day long for 8 bills, without blinking...
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #15  
Old 05-25-2020, 06:03 AM
Mehutch's Avatar
Mehutch Mehutch is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle Washington
Posts: 703
Likes: 3,217
Liked 2,679 Times in 548 Posts
Default

I love my S&W 686+ with a 2.5" barrel. Would like to get a 3" but for $800 bucks I can do without the extra .5" barrel. Besides mind is very stylish.

Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #16  
Old 05-25-2020, 12:54 PM
357 shooter 357 shooter is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 236
Likes: 26
Liked 208 Times in 90 Posts
Default

Nice find on the 686-4 2.5"! The -4s are my favorite L-Frames. Yeah I would get new grips too.

Owned a 686 2.5" in the late 1980s that came with the factory combats which looked fantastic but hurt my hand from round one. The edge at the speed loader cut is where the discomfort for me was at the base of my thumb. I bought new grips for the next range session. I did eventually trade that one.

Some years later I picked up a 2.5" 686-4+ . Seem to be a pretty good shooter. I am glad to see they are going up in price as it would be the first of my L-Frames I would part with.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 05-25-2020, 03:11 PM
MrMoose's Avatar
MrMoose MrMoose is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 35
Likes: 41
Liked 58 Times in 21 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by NavySCPO View Post
My -1 has been up there for the same fix for a couple of months now, actually the receipt letter came on March 3rd...All quiet on the Western Front, not a peep out of Springfield yet, but then who knows if they have even been working?
My receipt came via e-mail on 5/15. Mine will probably take a bit longer because I’m going to have them do (at least) an action tune while they have it in the shop. Great “little” revolver. I’m thinking some Gold Dot Short Barrel rounds will be fun in this one. Anybody have a pet load for their 686 snub?
__________________
Regards,
-MrMoose
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #18  
Old 05-25-2020, 03:22 PM
NavySCPO's Avatar
NavySCPO NavySCPO is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Carrollton GA
Posts: 356
Likes: 692
Liked 1,048 Times in 210 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMoose View Post
My receipt came via e-mail on 5/15. Mine will probably take a bit longer because I’m going to have them do (at least) an action tune while they have it in the shop. Great “little” revolver. I’m thinking some Gold Dot Short Barrel rounds will be fun in this one. Anybody have a pet load for their 686 snub?
I’m sure some would disagree, but after hours of reading, and literally hundreds of ballistic test videos, I can’t imagine much better for self defense than the Speer Gold Dot. I used to carry only Hornady, but Speer has become my round of choice in whatever I’m carrying. Heck they even make the little 380 look good for expansion (3” or above of course).
__________________
Danny
SWCA #3370 - SWHF #672
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 05-26-2020, 09:56 PM
Redlegvzv's Avatar
Redlegvzv Redlegvzv is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Posts: 566
Likes: 262
Liked 628 Times in 229 Posts
Default

Beautiful gun, OP. I just bought a new 686+ 3" myself. I love 686s in all lengths. I like your grips but if you don't, there are plenty to choose from. Liking grips is a very personal thing. I know I've changed my mind about what I like more than once. You might take a look at the Hogue Rosewood grips. They are very, very nice. Have a set on my 4" 686+.
__________________
Army veteran, NRA Life Member
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #20  
Old 06-03-2020, 10:27 PM
MrMoose's Avatar
MrMoose MrMoose is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Florida
Posts: 35
Likes: 41
Liked 58 Times in 21 Posts
Default

I have been shopping for some new grips for my revolver as I wait for my 686 to return from S&W wearing an “M” tattoo. I like the original combat grips, but wanted to dial the appearance up a notch or two. I decided on my set of new grips by first reading applicable posts here on the forums, then reaching out for Jennifer Culina at www.culinagrips.com. Jennifer provided expert advice and helped me pick out a nice set of new K/L round “Tiger Eye” wood combat stocks. I must say, the Culina’s have terrific customer service. My new grips are in the mail and I am eager to see John’s craftsmanship up close in person. I have a feeling this will lead to a Culina grip habit

Taking a close look at that Tucker Gun Leather OP referenced also...
Attached Thumbnails
-5b6e9d27-906b-4729-80a8-0ac402540ee6-jpg   -84032ffb-64a0-4643-a102-5eb5b1c5effb-jpg  
__________________
Regards,
-MrMoose
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #21  
Old 06-03-2020, 10:36 PM
CH4's Avatar
CH4 CH4 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Nevada/Philippines
Posts: 4,431
Likes: 9,538
Liked 8,386 Times in 2,727 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMoose View Post
I have been shopping for some new grips for my revolver as I wait for my 686 to return from S&W wearing an “M” tattoo. I like the original combat grips, but wanted to dial the appearance up a notch or two. I decided on my set of new grips by first reading applicable posts here on the forums, then reaching out for Jennifer Culina at www.culinagrips.com. Jennifer provided expert advice and helped me pick out a nice set of new K/L round “Tiger Eye” wood combat stocks. I must say, the Culina’s have terrific customer service. My new grips are in the mail and I am eager to see John’s craftsmanship up close in person. I have a feeling this will lead to a Culina grip habit

Taking a close look at that Tucker Gun Leather OP referenced also...
Exquisite!!
__________________
FBINA 213
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 06-04-2020, 12:34 AM
elm_creek_smith's Avatar
elm_creek_smith elm_creek_smith is offline
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Indian Territory
Posts: 2,169
Likes: 1,526
Liked 2,597 Times in 987 Posts
Default

OP - Those are some ugly grips!

Sent from my XT1710-02 using Tapatalk
__________________
CPT, Armor (Ret)
Luke 22:36
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ever find a gun you thought you would never find or afford? bushmaster1313 Firearms & Knives - Other Brands 122 08-23-2017 11:06 AM
When Do I Get To Find Out? bdGreen FORUM OFFICE 9 05-01-2016 06:18 PM
Trying to find out more.... Rsturg S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 13 04-05-2016 11:24 AM
Please help me find or find similar fearsmokey S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 7 06-15-2015 04:15 PM
19-4 Find ma deuce S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 1 10-05-2012 07:28 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:12 AM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)