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Old 11-23-2020, 11:24 AM
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Hello gentlemen, need some input on model 681, or as I have believed is a mis stamp model 68-1 and yes itís a 4 in L frame 681 fixed sights. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:38 AM
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Hello gentlemen, need some input on model 681, or as I have believed is a mis stamp model 68-1 and yes itís a 4 in L frame 681 fixed sights. Any input would be appreciated. Thank you
I also have one marked 68-1.
I think it was pretty common.

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Old 11-23-2020, 12:37 PM
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Old 11-23-2020, 12:52 PM
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Had one in the evidence locker where I used to work marked 68-1. This is a great revolver, unfortunately marketed for Law Enforcement about the time the switch to semi-autos was occurring. I would have loved to carry one.
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Old 11-23-2020, 01:53 PM
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Hey, I finally saw a picture of one! Must be some type of 'roadblock' or Covid-like quarantine that prevents the 681s from moving west. In the meantime, I find myself pretending that my 686s have fixed sights, and you know what, these are not bad guns either!

Almost forgot: My Wiley Clapp model Ruger has fixed sights. Too bad it doesn't sport a 4" bbl (And no, the Match Champion couldn't cut it ).

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Old 11-23-2020, 03:23 PM
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One of mine is out getting cut down to 3 inch, round butted and a 7 shot cylinder fitted.





I have another, but couldnít bear to cut down a NYSP 681, my name is not Nedroe

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One of mine is out getting cut down to 3 inch, round butted and a 7 shot cylinder fitted.





I have another, but couldnít bear to cut down a NYSP 681, my name is not Nedroe

Let me know how that 7 shot cylinder works out
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A 681 is a gun I still want to acquire. I fell short on a nickel 581 that had a place in my safe. Gone before I pulled the trigger.
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I do love the fixed sight models.
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I have a 681. Itís a laser beam in my hands. I shoot it better than any other gun I have ever owned.
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Old 11-23-2020, 08:49 PM
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Another fixed sighted L frame is the 619 and it's a seven shot.
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Another fixed sighted L frame is the 619 and it's a seven shot.

I truly wish that more L-frames, and especially those of the 7-shot variety, would've had a partial underlug option. It looks a lot nicer to me, and I'm a sucker for Model 10-esque exposed ejector rods. I'll have to track down a 619 one of these days.
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I wish they made a 2 1/2" version like the 686.
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Old 11-23-2020, 11:23 PM
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Congrats on the find! You donít see these very often.

I came across one recently as well. I replaced the stocks with a set of smooth target SB stocks and it handles very well.



There was a limited run 681-4 PC Quadport Lew Horton with 7-shot and 3Ē bbl made in the early days of the Performance Center.

This is one of my favorite guns.



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I'm a big fan of fixed sight revolvers.
681 is the Ultimate Combat Magnum.
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I wish they made a 2 1/2" version like the 686.
Mark Hartshorne makes them.
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I truly wish that more L-frames, and especially those of the 7-shot variety, would've had a partial underlug option. It looks a lot nicer to me, and I'm a sucker for Model 10-esque exposed ejector rods. I'll have to track down a 619 one of these days.
Good luck. The 620, 520, 619 are hen's teeth. The 619 seems to surface the least. They are smoking accurate revolvers.
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Thanks everyone. I'm enjoying reading all your comments and learning more about the 681. I just picked one up that I believe is from 1986 (681-1 Modified). It is marked as an Ohio State Highway Patrol gun. It came with worn Pachmayr rubber grips. I replaced those with new Hogue cocobolo checkered wood grips. Great feel, great trigger, great shooter.

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I miss mine.

I quite like the 681/581, it's the last gasp of revolvers as a serious service weapon, much as say the MAS36 bolt action rifle was the final (major) evolution of the bolt action rifle as a military bolt action rifle. As such, I believe it got a ton of things right. It's a fixed sight, L frame, .357 magnum, and it rules pretty hard.
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I have a 681 that came from " down under " Australian Federal Police Force . It is accurate beyond words . It's due for a " tune up " , has a bit of end shake . I have had it for quite a few years and it has seen a lot of use . I have about the best gunsmith here to do just that . Been gun smithing for 40 yrs and is a pro on S&W's . I will be taking it to him next week . I would not think of selling it . Regards Paul
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Thanks everyone. I'm enjoying reading all your comments and learning more about the 681. I just picked one up that I believe is from 1986 (681-1 Modified). It is marked as an Ohio State Highway Patrol gun. It came with worn Pachmayr rubber grips. I replaced those with new Hogue cocobolo checkered wood grips. Great feel, great trigger, great shooter.

Congrats where in Ohio did it turn up, iím always in the hunt for OSHP 681s iím down to only 1 would love another
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I have a 681 that came from " down under " Australian Federal Police Force . It is accurate beyond words . It's due for a " tune up " , has a bit of end shake . I have had it for quite a few years and it has seen a lot of use . I have about the best gunsmith here to do just that . Been gun smithing for 40 yrs and is a pro on S&W's . I will be taking it to him next week . I would not think of selling it . Regards Paul
Being an Aussie and Rtd LEO myself, I'd love it if you could post a picture of this AFP 681.
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Congrats where in Ohio did it turn up, iím always in the hunt for OSHP 681s iím down to only 1 would love another
Thanks, this one came from the Wayne / Medina county area. It's a keeper.
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