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Old 01-31-2015, 01:33 AM   #21
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The "L" frame S&W 686 with the retread grips fit my small hands perfect in a DA gun . The 4" point the best for me but the 6" tame the recoil much better . The 686 out shot my Ruger SA but after 16 yrs of doing the Cowboy Action stuff . I'm faster and more accurate with the SA gun , so in thinning the herd I sold the 686 .

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Old 01-31-2015, 03:48 AM   #22
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Nice looking. How is the balance with the longer barrel?
Surprising good. You would think that the extra barrel length would throw it off, but it doesn't. I usually use this one when deer hunting and have often thought about a scope for it, but I am worried that a scope might throw off that balance.

Next to my Mk III, I like shooting this one the most.
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Old 01-31-2015, 05:07 AM   #23
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Very Nice 686.

S&W sure makes some nice revolvers
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:23 AM   #24
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NCG when you say no dash do you mean btw the model and 686?
ermad, no dash is S&W lingo for a first production version of a Smith revolver. Every time S&W made changes to the design, no matter how minor, they added a dash followed by a number. The current 686, for instance, is actually a 686-6. Knowing the dash number on any given model of Smith tells you the time frame in which it was made and what design modifications have been made. If you open open the cylinder and look at the inside of the frame where the crane sits, you'll see the model and dash number on your 686.

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Surprising good. You would think that the extra barrel length would throw it off, but it doesn't. I usually use this one when deer hunting and have often thought about a scope for it, but I am worried that a scope might throw off that balance.

Next to my Mk III, I like shooting this one the most.
Thanks, I've never held one that I can remember.
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ermad, no dash is S&W lingo for a first production version of a Smith revolver. Every time S&W made changes to the design, no matter how minor, they added a dash followed by a number. The current 686, for instance, is actually a 686-6. Knowing the dash number on any given model of Smith tells you the time frame in which it was made and what design modifications have been made. If you open open the cylinder and look at the inside of the frame where the crane sits, you'll see the model and dash number.
You really do know your S&W's.
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Thanks, 303.

NOT knowing Smiths is dangerous when shopping for a Smith. That dash number greatly affects the value on the older guns.
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Surprising good. You would think that the extra barrel length would throw it off, but it doesn't. I usually use this one when deer hunting and have often thought about a scope for it, but I am worried that a scope might throw off that balance.

Next to my Mk III, I like shooting this one the most.
Brian, not sure how old a gun you have, there, but unless it's a recent gun drilled and tapped for a scope mount, I wouldn't add a scope, anyway. D&T ing an older Smith can really hurt the value. Yes, adding a base, scope and rings does affect the balance. Gives the gun a top heavy feel. I go scope and/or red dot on my newer Smiths that I use on a regular basis for distance work, but stay with factory irons on our vintage stuff, especially the blued guns. A scope just looks wrong on those blued classic guns.
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Brian, not sure how old a gun you have, there, but unless it's a recent gun drilled and tapped for a scope mount, I wouldn't add a scope, anyway. D&T ing an older Smith can really hurt the value. Yes, adding a base, scope and rings does affect the balance. Gives the gun a top heavy feel. I go scope and/or red dot on my newer Smiths that I use on a regular basis for distance work, but stay with factory irons on our vintage stuff, especially the blued guns. A scope just looks wrong on those blued classic guns.
Don't want to offend anyone but a scope on a pistol just doesn't look right. Unless of course its on a Mare's Leg.
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Brian, not sure how old a gun you have, there, but unless it's a recent gun drilled and tapped for a scope mount, I wouldn't add a scope, anyway. D&T ing an older Smith can really hurt the value. Yes, adding a base, scope and rings does affect the balance. Gives the gun a top heavy feel. I go scope and/or red dot on my newer Smiths that I use on a regular basis for distance work, but stay with factory irons on our vintage stuff, especially the blued guns. A scope just looks wrong on those blued classic guns.
The serial number puts it at 1984 so there are no holes, and I have no intention of putting any there
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The serial number puts it at 1984 so there are no holes, and I have no intention of putting any there
Good for you. That is one fine classic of a revolver.
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Don't want to offend anyone but a scope on a pistol just doesn't look right. Unless of course its on a Mare's Leg.
Other way around. A pistol on a scope doesn't look right. Makes the scope bottom heavy.

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Other way around. A pistol on a scope doesn't look right. Makes the scope bottom heavy.

That reminds me of the only time I scoped a pistol.

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You got me beat on that one. I surrender.
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You got me beat on that one. I surrender.
Mine was never mounted but just lain on top for the picture.
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Mine, too.
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Mine was never mounted but just lain on top for the picture.
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Mine, too.
Sure they were...
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Sure they were...
Glad I didn't post a range report.
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