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Old July 21st, 2019, 01:36 PM #1
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S&W 686 No Dash - No M on crane

I’m looking at an S&W 686 No Dash with no M to indicate that it was send back to S&W for the recall.

Would not being updated with the recall have any effect on whether I should buy it or not?

Thanks in advance for any advise.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 10:13 PM #2
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No. Most of the guns didn't have a problem. The problem was primer flow with hot 357 magnum ammo. Usually happened with 125 grain ammo. The fix was a longer firing pin and bushing replacement. As a collector, I would prefer the gun to be all original. My collection is mostly post-war, pre-1957 S&W revolvers, but I have owned as many as eight "L" frames. I currently own two. All original. No modifications. Nice shooters. All of them are/were early no dash models that were used when bought, but in high condition. If the price is right for the condition, don't be afraid to buy it. The factory will still repair it for free, with free shipping both ways. BTW, I've never had an issue.
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Old August 8th, 2019, 09:16 AM #3
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Ok, so I bought a Model 681 no dash, no M stamp.
Paid a tad to much for it, $650 OTD.

Not sure if I will send it to S&W for the recall. Probably shoot it first. But most likely won’t shoot many .357’s, mostly .38 and .38 plus p.
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I also have an original issue, no-M 686 (6-inch). Never shot it, but I called S&W years ago and the technician I spoke to had me drop a spent shell into a chamber, then measure the headspace (the distance between the recoil shield and the case head). After getting the average space (.006), the technician told me he wouldn't recommend sending it back and added that most guns work just fine, even those that measured .009. I had another 686 that measured .012 and it fired just fine, but it seemed excessive and I got rid of it despite the fact that it was very accurate (it was a 4-inch). I always figured I could get another, but that wasn't right. The wood grips, stamped S&W side plate, integral front sight and chromed hammer and trigger went the way of the world and in return I got a crummy trigger lock! I still have the original 6-inch and a 686-6 6-inch I got in a trade, but I miss the 4-incher.

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how much additional value to pre internal lock S&W revolvers have vs after internal locks?
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[QUOTE=Cold Steel;5640165]I also have an original issue, no-M 686 (6-inch). Never shot it, but I called S&W years ago and the technician I spoke to had me drop a spent shell into a chamber, then measure the headspace (the distance between the recoil shield and the case head). After getting the average space (.006), the technician told me he wouldn't recommend sending it back and added that most guns work just fine, even those that measured .009. I had another 686 that measured .012 and it fired just fine, but it seemed excessive and I got rid of it despite the fact that it was very accurate (it was a 4-inch). I always figured I could get another, but that wasn't right. The wood grips, stamped S&W side plate, integral front sight and chromed hammer and trigger went the way of the world and in return I got a crummy trigger lock! I still have the original 6-inch and a 686-6 6-inch I got in a trade, but I miss the 4-incher.

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I was one of the lucky ones to have an issue with my 586 no dash. I opted to send it in and got it back in exactly four weeks. Hands down, it is one of the best shooting handguns I have owned. I shot in a match here in NC and it was the gun I chose to shoot the match with. Six inch .357 Magnum stood out in a sea of polymer semi autos.
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I love the 681s. They're not too easy to find used, alas. I've known people with really nice guns, then, for whatever reason, they need money and they get rid of them. Later, they can't even remember why they needed the money. They only know they no longer have the gun and that they can never get it back. Lesson: _Never_ get rid of a gun because you'll _always_ regret it. Even guns you don't think you'll miss.

At one time I had two 681s and one 4-inch 686. Now they're gone. If you're just getting into guns, learn this lesson. If you get rid of a gun, what you get for it (unless it's also a gun) will almost assuredly become obsolete before the gun you get rid of. If I had it all to do all over again, I'd hang on to the guns I had, because you can't miss what you never had, but you sure as hell will miss what you _did_ have! (I even miss an old $60 RG .22lr cowboy pistol that had an aluminum frame. I got rid of it to keep a telescope I turned out to never use! The RG was cheap, light and not very good, so went do I miss it? Because of the fun I had shooting it!)

If you disregard this advice, you'll regret it. Later you'll be on a board like this and they'll be talking about the one you let get away and you'll be kicking yourself. I lost a fantastic little gun years ago because of theft. I lost a gorgeous, beautiful, utterly phenomenal S&W Model 63. Had to be on a waiting list for months to get it! They called it a "kit gun" because it fit in a fisherman's kit, though you'd have to be nuts to carry it like that.

Boy I miss that little gun! And these two druggies got into my apartment, found it and probably got a hundred bucks for it. The cops found the .25 Raven I lost with it, which I didn't even _try_ to get back.

I kept it in the blue box that came with it. After that I got a safe!
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