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Old December 14, 2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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S&w 586

I walked into a gunshop today and saw a blued 586 S&W six-shooter. It looks a tad used, but no "holes" (locks) on it; it must have been built some time ago. The guy wants $350 + tax.

Thanks for your opinion. Should I get it?
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Old December 14, 2006, 05:08 PM   #2
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Old December 14, 2006, 05:26 PM   #3
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I would if I had 350 and the opportunity.
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Old December 14, 2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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If you like blued revolvers, it's an okay price.......hpg
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Old December 14, 2006, 06:28 PM   #5
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That's not a bad price. In my experience the 586's tend to run between $300 and $375. The one I got last year (6" barrel, excellent condition, mfd. 1985) was priced for $300.00. I traded an old 22 rifle and got $75.00 knocked off the price. If you want it get it. Though S&W will probably do the occassional "special" run of 586's they aren't coming back and the new models just aren't the same as the originals. Incidentally Smith stopped making the original 586 in 1999. In case you didn't know so they would all be pre-lock.
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Old December 14, 2006, 06:56 PM   #6
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But why?

Thanks for your opinions; they help to justify my new purchase.

Just one little point: I wonder why "Smith stopped making the original 586 in 1999"? Did they come up with a superior replacement? Thanks to our resident experts again.
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Old December 14, 2006, 09:03 PM   #7
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They came out in 2002 or 2003 with some 586's on a limited run. Nice deep bluing but with the lock. http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...rice/586-3.jpg
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Old December 14, 2006, 10:11 PM   #8
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Actually that run was late 2004 - for Jerry's Sports. They made 500 6-inch and 500 4-inch. I was lucky to get a four-incher. They do have the lock, but they also have 7 shots!

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Old December 15, 2006, 02:24 AM   #9
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Here's mine. They're pretty good guns. I'm a K frame lover at heart, so the extra weight doesn't appeal to me much, but if I'm going to be trying out some hot and heavy .357 loads, this is the gun I choose. FWIW, I paid 277 for mine awhile back on-line.
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Old December 15, 2006, 05:10 PM   #10
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I wonder why "Smith stopped making the original 586 in 1999"? Did they come up with a superior replacement? Thanks to our resident experts again.
Smith stopped production of almost all their blued models in 1999. The only one that they still make on a regular basis (that I am aware of) is the Model 10. Why? I guess becasue blued steel revolvers weren't selling anymore and the company decided to focus on stainless steel, titanium and scandium.

But why are they still making the lowly 38 special Model 10?

I'm not a corporate CEO. Their minds are mysterious things to me.
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Old December 15, 2006, 06:26 PM   #11
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But why are they still making the lowly 38 special Model 10?

I wondered about that one myself............hpg
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Old December 15, 2006, 06:50 PM   #12
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But why are they still making the lowly 38 special Model 10?
Best I can figure out, there still seems to be a market for 4" blued medium frame .38 Spl revolvers in the security guard business. From what I gathered by perusing the Taurus site, and from what I've seen being used for security guard qualifications at the local range, it looks like Taurus is being pretty aggressive in that market as well.

It wouldn't surprise me if there are a few of the larger security companies that have contracts with S&W for the Model 10, and that is what is keeping them in production.

Other than that, I can't imagine why.
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Old December 16, 2006, 03:04 AM   #13
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Actually, Smith is making quite a number of blued guns at current, and more are on the way.
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Old December 16, 2006, 09:56 AM   #14
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I'd jump on that pre lock 586 at that price. They are great revolvers, and S&W won't make them like that again. It will only continue to go up in value. Regards 18DAI.
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Old December 16, 2006, 10:21 AM   #15
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That is a decent price. I'd go thru the revolver check out routine that is tacked to the top of this forum. It is very useful. If it is an early model 586 (pre586-3), Smith & Wesson had a recall for a firing pin/bushing issue. Check near the serial number to see if MOD has been stamped. If it is not there, I believe S&W will fix it free? I've got a 586 that has the MOD stamp and I love it. I paid $375 for mine and it looks good and locks up tight.
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Old December 16, 2006, 10:23 AM   #16
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Or is it the "M" stamped near the serial number? or both, I'm not sure, but there was a recall on early models.
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Old December 16, 2006, 12:46 PM   #17
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I sent my 586 (no dash) in to the factory last year. Contact Smith and they'll tell you which company to contact and they will also provide you with the shipping number. Smith will pay to have it shipped both ways. I had mine picked up the day after Thanksgiving at my house (FedEx) and it was shipped back a week later via UPS to my place of work.

I called and was told that I had to pay to have it shipped over. Then I e-mailed the company and got the correct information. It was a recall - the company has to pay for everything. It's a matter of liability.

They will stamp an M under the serial number on the frame - where the crane fits. The bushing and nose hammer will be replaced.
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Old December 16, 2006, 06:24 PM   #18
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The 586 is an ideal revolver... you can shoot heavy 357 mag loads all day long with no worries. I personally prefer the full lug, as it helps with recoil. That price is decent, depending on the condition of that particular gun. If it's in good shape, I wouldn't hesitate. You will really enjoy that L-frame!

Here's a pic of mine..
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Old December 16, 2006, 06:34 PM   #19
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That is a beauty!

I've always been a fan of square grips.
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Old December 17, 2006, 09:57 AM   #20
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586: One pleasant shooter

Howdy,

I have no other handgun which gives me so much pleasure at the range than my pre-lock , blued 586 with it's 4-inch barrel. It has Hogue monogrips and feels "just right" in my hand.
My only other gun which I can shoot as well is my old 60's model 10 with it's 5-inch barrel. It also has Hogues and I'd feel well armed with either. In a SHTF or New Orleans scenario, I'd probbably load up my 586 with .357 hp's and feel more confidant with it than any semi-auto.


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