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Old March 1, 2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Just wanted to share....

Well I just wanted to share a pic and story of my S&W 686-5 .357 Magnum revolver. I originally bought this from a local gun store for $600 plus tax as soon as I turned 21. Well a little later I sold it to my uncle for $400. I was dumb and needed the cash. Well as of late last year I bought it back from him. Only instead of having rubber grips on it... it has these. Don't ever EVER sell or trade your firearms. I am a firm believer in that. Because you may not have a good story like I did... thanks for looking everyone. I am proud to be a part of the TFL Family.





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Old March 1, 2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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Also if someone can please educate me... what's the deal with the dash 5 or dash 6? I don't mean to sound so ignorant. I just dont understand what the significance of the dashes is... thanks.
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Old March 1, 2011, 10:54 PM   #3
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A 686-5 is the last production run without the internal lock. A 686-6 would have the lock installed. Yours is a 686-5. Enjoy
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Old March 2, 2011, 07:36 AM   #4
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Thanks SundownRider!
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:01 AM   #5
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The "dash #" indicates what engineering changes have been done to a particular revolver model. A 686 no dash, is the original version. a -1 will have some change(s) from the original. a -2 will have the -1 change(s) and then some other change(s) and so on.
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:10 AM   #6
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Congrats on a fine gun. I just picked up my 2nd 4" 686, a 686-5 as well.
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:48 PM   #7
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@ Andy Taylor

Thank you for the info!
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Old March 2, 2011, 12:49 PM   #8
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@ MrBorland....

Share your pics!
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Old March 2, 2011, 01:24 PM   #9
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My 686-4 (top gun shown below) was manufactured around 1994 and is the last 686 without either the ILS or MIM parts. Pretty much the best of the 686 line. I love shooting it. Shown with a K frame Model 64-3 and a J frame Model 60-7.

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Old March 2, 2011, 01:44 PM   #10
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@ spacecoast

Thanks for sharing! Yea I love shooting mine. Its a bedside gun and a range gun for me.
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Old March 2, 2011, 02:19 PM   #11
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Share your pics!
I didn't get around to taking a pic of my new 686-5, but it looks just like yours, of course (but with a rubber Hogue monogrip).

Below are pics of my other 686, though - a 686-6 that's been slicked up for competition use. It's a great shooter, and very smooth. I'll be sending my new 686-5 out soon for similar treatment.





686s are great revolvers as they are from the factory, but they respond well to additional tuning by a good revolversmith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmy5mkjpUNI

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Old March 2, 2011, 04:05 PM   #12
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Kylen,

What are your grips made from? It looks a lot like Lignum Vitae. Beautiful in any event.

Do the grips have a slightly "waxy" feel?

Lignum Vitae is a tropical hardwood that is VERY dense. It will not float and has enough natural oil that it was used in rollers for conveyor belts and propeller shaft bearings for ships.

External threads can be formed on the wood as well as tapped holes. I know of no cement that will permanently bond to it. It will not accept a finish and is normally dry sanded and polished with wool.

I have used the wood to make handles for pocket knives. Your grips sure look like the wood I have used before. Any information would be appreciated.

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Old March 2, 2011, 05:26 PM   #13
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@ MrBorland... very nice. Thanks for sharing.

@Geetarman... I have no idea. My uncle bought them. He said they cost around $80-90??? Not exactly sure if that's right. Sounds kinda high for grips. I will ask him though.
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