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 02-18-2021, 01:38 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default 686 (No Dash) 6"

New on the forum but figured I'd post up a picture of my 686 "Distinguished Combat Magnum". Pictured is the original box (which still has the wax paper and tissue paper inside), the "instruction" manual, and the original wood grips.

It is wearing a set of Pachmayr Presentation grips I put on it shortly after buying it new. It is missing the rear sight leaf screw that disappeared while it was wearing a B-Square scope base and rings.
Attached Thumbnails
686 (No Dash) 6"-kimg1285-jpg   686 (No Dash) 6"-kimg1286-jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-18-2021, 01:52 PM
swagmeister swagmeister is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 306
Likes: 0
Liked 335 Times in 171 Posts
Default

Nice. Gotta love those old L Frames.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-18-2021, 02:01 PM
wproct's Avatar
wproct wproct is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Iowa
Posts: 993
Likes: 1,027
Liked 407 Times in 241 Posts
Default

Very nice 686 no-dash there!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #4  
Old 02-18-2021, 02:22 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Can anyone tell me the ship date based on the AEY prefix serial number?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-18-2021, 04:58 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,681
Likes: 5,969
Liked 9,274 Times in 3,402 Posts
Default

We can tell you much much closer if you show a picture of the box end label!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-18-2021, 05:14 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sevens View Post
We can tell you much much closer if you show a picture of the box end label!
No end label on box.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-18-2021, 05:23 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,681
Likes: 5,969
Liked 9,274 Times in 3,402 Posts
Default

Bummer, because that end label will tell you the exact day and year it was made.

If you visit the S&W website and click the “contact us” and fill out the e-mail form, they will send you an e-mail typically within two days that tells you when it was either made or shipped.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #8  
Old 02-18-2021, 05:47 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

I believe the "M" on the yoke was added in 1994 as it was returned to the factory for a timing issue. There was some type of modification they were making at the time that was common to the 686.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-18-2021, 06:02 PM
bgrafsr's Avatar
bgrafsr bgrafsr is offline
US Veteran
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Homerville, OH
Posts: 4,667
Likes: 20,872
Liked 6,875 Times in 1,828 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 1075tech View Post
I believe the "M" on the yoke was added in 1994 as it was returned to the factory for a timing issue. There was some type of modification they were making at the time that was common to the 686.

It wasn't a timing issue. There was a "fix" in which the hammer nose, and hammer nose bushing were replaced due to sporadic lockups when using a certain type of .357 Magnum ammo, Federal to be specific. The "M" was stamped to show the gun had been retrofitted.
The fix applied to 686's, 586's, 681's, & 581's. Don't remember if it included the -1"s also.
__________________
Bill Graf
Member #2272

Last edited by bgrafsr; 02-18-2021 at 06:04 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #10  
Old 02-18-2021, 06:27 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bgrafsr View Post
It wasn't a timing issue. There was a "fix" in which the hammer nose, and hammer nose bushing were replaced due to sporadic lockups when using a certain type of .357 Magnum ammo, Federal to be specific. The "M" was stamped to show the gun had been retrofitted.
The fix applied to 686's, 586's, 681's, & 581's. Don't remember if it included the -1"s also.
I wasn't sure what the issue was. It was returned for a timing issue and they did the modification while it was there.
I should have been more clear.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #11  
Old 02-19-2021, 10:17 AM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sevens View Post
Bummer, because that end label will tell you the exact day and year it was made.

If you visit the S&W website and click the ďcontact usĒ and fill out the e-mail form, they will send you an e-mail typically within two days that tells you when it was either made or shipped.
1984 was the reply. They did confirm the "M" was to indicate that it had been serviced under the recall
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #12  
Old 02-19-2021, 01:53 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,681
Likes: 5,969
Liked 9,274 Times in 3,402 Posts
Default

Even clear through til today, S&W will do the recall work and add the “M” stamp. All 686 no dash and dash-1 are affected, the 686-2 and beyond are not affected.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #13  
Old 02-19-2021, 02:31 PM
sodacan sodacan is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,838
Likes: 628
Liked 2,982 Times in 1,138 Posts
Default

You'll have to tell me how it shoots. I bought a no dash 686 (6") several years ago and have yet to shoot it. It's a pretty gun, but 357 "N" frames are my thing and this one's turn just hasn't come up. Your post has nudged me, however.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #14  
Old 02-19-2021, 03:24 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,681
Likes: 5,969
Liked 9,274 Times in 3,402 Posts
Default

First handgun I ever bought with my own money was a 6-inch 686-3 in the early summer of 1989, I was 16 years old. I was either late 30ís or early 40ís when I got my first N-frame, a 6-inch Model 28-2.

The 686 is a better looking revolver IMO, and has a smoother and more enjoyable double action trigger stroke. But the 6-inch Model 28-2 balances better for me while the full lug 6-inch Model 686 feels muzzle heavy at armís length.

I love them both and I have more sentimental attachment to the 686, but on a range day and especially for my heaviest full-nuts .357 Magnum, Iím more likely to grab the 28-2.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #15  
Old 02-19-2021, 10:38 PM
Tennessee Cattleman's Avatar
Tennessee Cattleman Tennessee Cattleman is online now
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 47
Likes: 18
Liked 13 Times in 8 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sevens View Post
First handgun I ever bought with my own money was a 6-inch 686-3 in the early summer of 1989, I was 16 years old. I was either late 30ís or early 40ís when I got my first N-frame, a 6-inch Model 28-2.

The 686 is a better looking revolver IMO, and has a smoother and more enjoyable double action trigger stroke. But the 6-inch Model 28-2 balances better for me while the full lug 6-inch Model 686 feels muzzle heavy at armís length.

I love them both and I have more sentimental attachment to the 686, but on a range day and especially for my heaviest full-nuts .357 Magnum, Iím more likely to grab the 28-2.
A 686-3 was my first handgun bought with my own money also. Still have it, sporting a set of Nill's grips these days.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #16  
Old 02-19-2021, 11:42 PM
Sevens Sevens is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,681
Likes: 5,969
Liked 9,274 Times in 3,402 Posts
Default

Haha, I purchased a brand new Pachmayr SK-G “Gripper” for my 686 a week before the revolver came in to my dealer! To this day, the goncalo alves target with speedloader cutout stocks have lived in the original box. I never once fired a round of ammo with them installed.

If I could do one tiny thing differently way back in ‘89, I would have ordered that adjustable silhouette front sight!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #17  
Old 02-20-2021, 01:13 AM
Benchrest1 Benchrest1 is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: SoCal
Posts: 634
Likes: 702
Liked 730 Times in 354 Posts
Default

I have always thought that the 686/586 S&W revolvers are the best.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #18  
Old 02-20-2021, 01:16 AM
rwsmith's Avatar
rwsmith rwsmith is online now
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: (outside) Charleston, SC
Posts: 29,539
Likes: 38,630
Liked 27,316 Times in 13,013 Posts
Default Looks like mine...

...except mine had Hogue grips.
__________________
"He was kinda funny lookin'"
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 02-20-2021, 06:38 AM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

This was the first handgun I bought new. My very first pistol was a Mod 60 snubby.

I like it. Trigger pull is smooth throughout. It's not so heavy that it can't be carried in the woods all day. The weight keeps it "soft shooting" with 158gt magnum loads. In my younger days with better eyes, I used to be able to hold around 1" @ 30 yards off a sandbag rest. I had a scope on it for a while but at 4x, it really was too much. Now days I'm considering a 2x or a red dot. Not being drilled and tapped for a mount limits the availability although I do still have the B-square mount that replaces the rear sight.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #20  
Old 02-20-2021, 11:19 AM
rubiranch's Avatar
rubiranch rubiranch is online now
SWCA Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Utah
Posts: 6,175
Likes: 14,497
Liked 19,067 Times in 4,243 Posts
Default



Great find, you'll love it. I love mine.




Mine was wearing Hogue Mono grips when I acquired it.
__________________
Kenny
Endeavor to persevere.

Last edited by rubiranch; 02-20-2021 at 11:23 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #21  
Old 02-20-2021, 11:55 AM
jdlii's Avatar
jdlii jdlii is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: TN
Posts: 1,794
Likes: 3,676
Liked 3,598 Times in 1,061 Posts
Default

Close to being my favorite .357 for shooting, a Mod. 686 with a 6" barrel is a dream at the range. This one was purchased new, with the box and paper work but, no tool kit.

The second photo shows it with its cousins, a 4" and a 2.5" both great shooters.
Attached Thumbnails
686 (No Dash) 6"-img_0219-jpg   686 (No Dash) 6"-img_0365-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #22  
Old 02-20-2021, 08:21 PM
Mightyheb's Avatar
Mightyheb Mightyheb is online now
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 22
Likes: 25
Liked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Default

Those are some beauties.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 02-20-2021, 08:32 PM
llowry61 llowry61 is offline
SWCA Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 1,297
Likes: 10,361
Liked 2,351 Times in 867 Posts
Default

Love L frames - and that is a nice one.

They are sweet shooting pistols. A 586 8 3/8 was my first pistol bought second hand from a close friend. The gun is a tack driver and had very little use. Bought it for 250 bucks. My friend just didn't want to hassle with the recall. I finally sent it in about 2years ago when the cylinder was a bit tough to open. I just thought better safe than sorry.

She is in the middle wearing a set of after market combats. There may be some other L frames hiding in there as well.
Attached Thumbnails
686 (No Dash) 6"-20170128_190253-1_resized-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #24  
Old 02-20-2021, 08:43 PM
lhump1961's Avatar
lhump1961 lhump1961 is offline
US Veteran
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Great Midwest
Posts: 2,481
Likes: 1,643
Liked 2,246 Times in 961 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Benchrest1 View Post
I have always thought that the 686/586 S&W revolvers are the best.
K's and L's are my favorite...blue especially. You will love the way that 6" shoots. My 6" 586 is a keeper. Enjoy!
Attached Thumbnails
686 (No Dash) 6"-dscn1910-jpg   686 (No Dash) 6"-dscn1914-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #25  
Old 02-21-2021, 02:48 PM
Rod727 Rod727 is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 14
Liked 67 Times in 20 Posts
Default

My 686-1 since were sharing pics....
686 (No Dash) 6"-c035e089-c251-474d-8db6-dd2f7c6c1096-jpg
Reply With Quote
The Following 5 Users Like Post:
  #26  
Old 02-21-2021, 11:51 PM
klind45's Avatar
klind45 klind45 is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SK.Canada
Posts: 284
Likes: 15,270
Liked 964 Times in 140 Posts
Default

Well I love a show and tell just as much as the next guy, so here are mine. A 6 in. ND followed by two-3's some of the most accurate revolvers I have.

Sent from my SM-T720 using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Like Post:
  #27  
Old 03-24-2021, 08:04 PM
1075tech 1075tech is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Nov 2018
Posts: 26
Likes: 16
Liked 76 Times in 17 Posts
Default

I was able to get the screw needed for the rear sight thanks to a referral from another member. So that's good.

Today, I did replace the Pachmayr Presentation grips with Hogue Mono's just because.
Attached Thumbnails
686 (No Dash) 6"-kimg1338-jpg  
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #28  
Old 03-24-2021, 10:21 PM
ME94 ME94 is offline
US Veteran
686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6" 686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 221
Likes: 2,079
Liked 849 Times in 152 Posts
Default

I like to share also. 686- no dash 4" ,686-1 6" and 686-3 6" (midnight black) I am missing a dash that will be remedied. 686 (No Dash) 6"-20191122_112501-jpg

686 (No Dash) 6"-20191011_142501-jpg

686 (No Dash) 6"-20191021_142214-jpg and my 681 just because 686 (No Dash) 6"-20201213_092147-jpg
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #29  
Old 03-25-2021, 07:32 PM
samuelrp's Avatar
samuelrp samuelrp is offline
Member
686 (No Dash) 6"  
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 251
Likes: 18
Liked 94 Times in 54 Posts
Default

When concealed carry permits first became available, the six inch 686 was the only hand gun I owned at the time. Qualifying at the range, the instructor remarked that flames were coming from the barrel in the quick fire drill, LOL. Itís heavy, but every spring I carry it when the black bears are waking up.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS Smith & Wesson Models 624 (no dash), 4"; 25-2, 6.5 " and 57 (no dash), 4" Kaumheimer GUNS - For Sale or Trade 2 03-26-2019 06:40 AM
"Dash" "No Dash" scheme, N frames GF1 S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 16 03-21-2018 04:01 PM
SOLD- Please close. WTS: S&W 3-1/2" M27 no dash, M581 no dash xray 99 GUNS - For Sale or Trade 2 10-12-2017 11:09 PM
Why are "no-dash" wheel guns better than "dash'ed" ones? SixBanger S&W Hand Ejectors: 1896 to 1961 19 11-05-2013 08:53 PM
Dumb Question about "dash" or "no dash" Research Nerd S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 22 01-29-2012 04:01 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 06:34 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)