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Old January 26, 2014, 08:36 PM   #1
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S&W 686 on GB

I just found this. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=389074990
What makes it a "Limited Edition"? I have one just like it.
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Old January 26, 2014, 08:44 PM   #2
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The "Standard Calalog of Smith and Wesson", lists that as model 104265 and it says this...

" 3" Model 686-4 , with full length extractor. Black ramp FS (BRL3635). Reported as "Limited Edition" with 2500 made"

so.... there ya go ?
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Old January 27, 2014, 05:42 AM   #3
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I don't have my SCSW handy, but my 686 is a dash-3 variant, and it is most decidedly a square-butt. Of course, it's also a 6-inch barrel.

Now I'm curious if all the RB L-frames started with the dash-4's or if both RB's and SB's were available.

After I bought a late 90s/early 2000's vintage Model 657/.41 Mag, I was genuinely surprised to find that it had a RB grip frame. It also has a 6-inch barrel. I believe it's a 657-4, but I'd have to check that to confirm. It's pre-lock, but with the updated cylinder stop that is part of the frame rather than the pressed-in notch.
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Old January 27, 2014, 08:03 PM   #4
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My 686-4 4" is a SB
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Old January 27, 2014, 10:44 PM   #5
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Now I'm curious if all the RB L-frames started with the dash-4's or if both RB's and SB's were available.
AFAIK prior to 1996, most 4" and longer L frames were SB, and most 2-1/2" or 3" L frames were RB. There are exceptions, however.

Also, the M686-4 is considered by many collectors to be the high-water mark of the model run. It's the last version to come standard with a traditional hammer-mounted firing pin and forged color-case lockwork rather than MIM, and the only version to combine these features with a topstrap that's drilled and tapped for a scope base. (You can see the screw holes in the photos with the cylinder open.)
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Old January 28, 2014, 10:23 PM   #6
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The bid is over $900 now. My FIL has one just like it.
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Old January 29, 2014, 04:19 PM   #7
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According to the S&W catalog ...in 1996 ( near the end of the 686-4 series run ) they deleted the Square Butt...

but like someone else said, there are all kinds of exceptions that seem to pop up from time to time...
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Old February 1, 2014, 08:56 AM   #8
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Old February 4, 2014, 07:29 PM   #9
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I have a 686-4, 2 1/2", rb that came in a cardboard box with a rubber Hogue Monogrip. Maybe later -4's came with the plastic box and Uncle Mikes grips?
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