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


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Old 07-31-2020, 11:45 AM
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Looking for a revolver and came across this one. 686-1 stainless. It does have the M.

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Old 07-31-2020, 11:53 AM
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That is about a good and solid .357 as you are going to find (assuming in good mech condition) you can study up on the M stamping. In short it went back to the mother ship for a recall. The 4" full underlug is a great platform IMHO. .38's will be very pleasant to shoot and .357's no problem.
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:59 AM
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A 4" L-frame 686 is IMO the best all around .357 duty/utility/ general purpose handgun/revolver you can have east of the Mississippi.

I've had at least one since the early 1980s
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Most early ones up to -3's were shipped with target stocks with the speed loader cut out on the left panel.
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Thanks, always heard they were good. Just needed to hear from the wheel gun crowd. I have fired buckets of .45ACP, as I get older l am looking to make shooting fun so I can shoot more.

I'll get some new dies and start loading .38 wads and have an extra house gun with some .357.

Now I just gotta talk him down some.
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I have a 586 and the finish to me is perfect. I bought it new 38 years ago, it never went back to the mother ship for the recall. It has less than 100 rounds fired from it.

I am VERY reluctant to send it in for the recall because I don't want it damaged in any way.

If you have found one and your happy with it, buy it!!
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Welcome to the forum. You are a quick study, because we live on pictures hear.

Hope you work out a good deal
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The OP's question was about the significance of the M. Educate Me also please.
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The OP's question was about the significance of the M. Educate Me also please.

Sorry I thought it was common knowledge.

This will enlighten you. 586 recall
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