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I came across this S&W 686+ for a good price so I snatched it up. I've already ordered a Wolff Spring kit and "the plug" to replace the internal lock. I can't wait to slick it up and pop away with a "Seven Shooter"!



686 as purchased by Dave Steier, on Flickr




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I have the same problem, I can't pass up a good deal on a nice Smith. Congrats.
 
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Nice one. I like K frames better than L frames, but I would not have passed that one by. I wandered into my LGS and wandered out with a 3" 65-3 (needs a little help) and a model 60 no dash. Parts I need on E-Bay for the 65. Right now it has hammer push off.
 
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Yes, but they are a HEALTHY sickness. Nice M686. I have a 3" M686 that was one of the overruns from the Customs Service a long time back. Narrow front sight blade, round butt. Very good shooter.

During my formative handgun years (1963-1975) I owned about 35 S&W revolvers. Some I kept, some I shot and sold. My sole interest was self-defense. Those were the days of Bill Jordan and Elmer Keith.

I did have a M57 6" and M28 6" that I used for hunting woodchucks in upstate New York. The farmers loved me and it was good discipline for precision shooting.

OK, I admit I did have a Colt Python for a few years. More a work of art than a working handgun!

Gradually, as perps shifted from zip guns to Saturday Night Specials to semi-autos, I eventually transitioned to semi's. Also from one or two guys to multiple assailants.

My heart, however is still with S&W revolvers. Unfortunately with age and arthritis, I can't shoot them very well anymore. Still love my 1911's and classic Sigs though.


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A timely thread! I just picked up this 64-5 today. It was a police trade in apparently. Very good condition though needed some cleaning. I’ll have to do some reloading so I can plink some more but this is going to be a fun one.

 
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you have that 120% Correct Sir.

Was at a gun show just checking the isles intending to just pick up some powder and don't you know there was a 2 1/2 inch model 19 just a laying there saying "Hey there big boy do you want to take me for a nice walk". Now how could anyone ignores a proposition like that I could NOT.

Another time I go into a local gun shop to pick a Beretta 686 I had ordered to celebrate waking up after open heart surgery. They had a vintage flat latch model 36 on the shelf under where he's laid my 686 out for inspection. That one just had to come home with me.

BTW, both were what I call Sock Drawer Specials. Because both were unfired and both had tiny little specks of rust on just on side.


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Sweet!


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Agreed. My interest in revolvers is only growing with time. Old, blued, S&W revolvers are the epitome of beautiful firearms.


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Nice 64. My very first gun bought nearing four decades ago was a very similar model 67. Still have it, haven’t shot it though in years. My favorite at this point is a tossup between my 3 inch Wiley Clapp GP100 and my 627 Pro.
 
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Me too. My favorite gun of all time is a pre-lock 64 with a 3 inch barrel, formerly with the Ventura, CA PD. I've not seen another in 35 years.
 
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I know what you mean. I bought a 627-5 PC today, previous owner used it for competition. Needs a new hammer / trigger but price was right and I'll get 'er running good.
 
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Nice. I feel yer pain. I have a Model 66, Lew Horton special, 3" and ported. Only a 6 banger, but definitely a sweetheart. Enjoy yours.



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Nice score.


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Very nice S&W, excellent for the hip in back country.


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Nice score Rolan, I like that Microtech also. I likes me some Smiths. I have a 4" 686+ that is sweet. I only have a 617 with the lock, where did you order the plug from? Thanks.



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My heart belongs to pre-lock S&Ws as well. The only lock bearing smith that ever interested me was the PC 646(?) L-Frame .40 S&W with the titanium cylinder and 4" full lug barrel. I'm glad to see some of the new J-frame hammerless snubbies turning up without the lock.

Presently my mainstay seems to be N-Frame's and K-Frame .38s more than anything else.

But I loves me some baby chiefs too. And my L-Frame 586 round butt 6".

It's a rare occasion for me to let any pre-lock smith that finds its way to my local pawnshop stay on the shelf for long.
 
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I missed an opportunity to get a 3" 686 a few weeks ago. Still kicking myself but I happened to come across this 66-4 (pre-lock & pre-MIM parts) from the original owner at a more than fair price. It's not pristine but it's very close.



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Sadly I’ve fallen into this sickness - is there a support group for this?





 
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Originally posted by hberttmank:
I only have a 617 with the lock, where did you order the plug from? Thanks.


hberttmank, I got it from Original Precision. https://www.originalprecision.com/. It doesn't take long to install. I figured I'd do it when I installed the spring and stone the sides of the hammer return spring.




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Originally posted by hberttmank:
I only have a 617 with the lock, where did you order the plug from? Thanks.


hberttmank, I got it from Original Precision. https://www.originalprecision.com/. It doesn't take long to install. I figured I'd do it when I installed the spring and stone the sides of the hammer return spring.


Thanks Rolan



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