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Old January 22, 2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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s&w 686 used value

i was in my local gunshop bs'ing for a while and i mentioned that i'm going to be doing a fair amount of hiking this spring. Cougar attacks aren't exactly common but definitely not unheard of. So i've decided to try to hunt down a 686 with a 4" barrel, according to the blue book anything under 85% or so is worth around $275. Thats about the price range i'm willing to spend and don't want anything too nice because its going to be carried in the wood, things happen.
Nobody in the area has anything used. i remember seeing one awhile back they were asking 500 for. the cheapest on gun broker for awhile is 350 ish. anybody know of a good source for cheap used guns? or am i just going to have to succumb to panic pricing?
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Old January 22, 2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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I don't think you will find one for that price unless it looks like it was repeatedly thrown under a running lawn mower.

I paid $399 OTD last year for a LNIB and thought it was a steal for my area.

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Old January 22, 2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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I agree, near $400 may be about right. Nice gun, I like mine.
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Old January 22, 2009, 04:09 PM   #4
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Hell of a deal going on right here:

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Old January 22, 2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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Prices are up - but revolver pricing isn't part of the panic buying or pricing on high capacity semi-auto handguns, AR's, etc in my view. To me, its all about the value of the revolvers - espeically the older ones, prior to the internal frame safety that is driving the price up a little.

Last weekend's gun show in Puyallup, WA - a nice model 19, 66 or 686 in 4" would have cost you $ 450 - $650. In my experience, you won't find anything out there worth owning under $ 400.

But any of those guns - especially a model 19 or 66 under $ 500 is a good buy in my opinion. Just because you carry it / in the woods or anywhere else - doesn't mean it'll get beat up if its in a suitable holster.
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Old January 23, 2009, 07:47 AM   #6
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Like everyone else here has said, for a 4" 686 you're looking at $400 to $500. I've seen the snubby versions go for $575.
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Old January 23, 2009, 11:39 AM   #7
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I don't think you will find one for that price unless it looks like it was repeatedly thrown under a running lawn mower.
+1. Keep in mind that the lower condition grades in the Blue Book are basically fictional for anything less than 25 years old, particularly for a gun that won't rust.

FWIW last year, one of my local pushers got a batch of 686s that were prison guard trade-ins (forget which state). They were scratched up, they had the state prison agency's abbreviation stamped into the frame, and each had an inventory number engraved into the sideplate by a worker who was apparently drunk at the time. They were the worst-looking batch of SS L frames I've seen. They were $399. You won't find a 686 much cheaper, unless it's from a motivated (and dumb) private seller.

I'd keep an eye on CDNN, J&G Sales, Summit Gun Broker, and the other popular online surplus retailers. Batches of trade-in K frame fixed-sight Model 65s seem to come and go on a regular basis, usually in the $300ish range, although it will be a bit more after transfer fees. You might also want to look for a Ruger Security Six or Speed Six.
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Old January 23, 2009, 07:04 PM   #8
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Paid $275 for mine

I picked one up for $275 about 2 years ago. The cylinder has some play in it, has some pitting on crane and an extra number engraved on the crane, but shoots very well. (If anyone has ideas on what could cause pitting on the crane, I open for suggestions. I split the practice time with .38s and mild Winchester Magnums -110 grains @ 1200fps -it not under full power stress). One of the best deals I've had. Be warned, you will have to look long and hard for one that price, and you are taking a risk with a used revolver in that range. Best of luck.
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Old January 23, 2009, 08:17 PM   #9
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I just bought a brand new 686 w/4" barrel and paid nearly $700 for it. Funny thing is...I feel it was worth every dime.
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Old January 24, 2009, 12:42 AM   #10
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I have modest track on the 686 Plus:

Smith & Wesson 686 Plus Revolver in .357 Magnum, .38 Special, Plus P, 2-1/2 in Bbl. Bluebook of Gun Values (29th Edition) indicates between $495 in 98% condition and $625 in 100% condition for this gun. I have 42 recorded prices for this model gun from $350 to $856 over a period of 1660 days ending November 22, 2008. The average price as of that date was $505. No refurbs, refinishes, regular sights, adjusted to two magazines (if magazine fed), all represented as 95% or better, no distinction for import location or engineering revision, if any, no special editions, no distinctions for box, papers, tools. Current or last MSRP is $877.

The six shooter is $20 - $25 less at all grades in the BBGV

I agree that you don't see too many good ones much under $500.

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Old January 24, 2009, 03:56 AM   #11
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Smith and Wesson 686 6'' 357 mag.

I have 2

S&W 686-3 I get this for $250

S&W 686 no dash for $450 (unfired)

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Old January 24, 2009, 10:29 AM   #12
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I usually lurk at seven different gun/pawn shops in this area. For some reason, I've seen about half a dozen good, used 686s for sale in the past few months. Actually, two were 681s. They were all on sale for $700 - $790, and they all sold quickly.
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Old July 17, 2011, 10:37 AM   #13
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question about used 686

I am wanting to purchase a used 686. I have found one in a local gun shop that was purchased in 1988 and so does not have any of the new mods that people seem to have issues with MIM etc. It would appear to be in pristine condition, reportedly has never been fired except when leaving the factory, and the condition of the gun would certainly appear to support these statements. It has a traditional all wood grip. It has the original box, all the papers, manual etc. with it. They have it priced at 699.99. I have negotiated them down to 661.00. I would be more comfortable with 590 or 600 as that would seem to be the highest blue book value. I assume that they want top dollar, but it is a thing of beauty. The quesiton is am I getting hosed, or does it seem to be fair price, etc.
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Old July 18, 2011, 09:53 AM   #14
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This was about 6 months ago but I bought a 686-4 4" for $650 and it was used with no box, in this case it is pre-lock and no metal injection molding. So the one you are looking is in that price range.
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Old July 19, 2011, 08:46 AM   #15
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thanks a lot thats helpful. I think I am going to try and get them to throw in a box of cartridges and a speed loader to sweeten the deal, but I believe that I am going to go for it.
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