SOLD FOR: $1,001.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 686-M, The .357 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: AJZ6836
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The left side of the frame has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The butt is marked with the serial number. The sides of the grip frame have inspector marks. The yoke cut is marked “AJZ6836 / M / MOD.686”, the yoke has inspector marks.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a patridge blade on a sprung rocker with four small allen-head screws at the center numbered 1-4. Under the rocker is a dial which allows one to change the elevation setting of the sight to one of four pre-set positions which can each be individually adjusted using the four screws. The rear face of the blade has been painted red. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered Goncalo Alves target grips with silver-colored S&W medallions at the top of each panel. The right panel has a mar at the bottom edge toward the front and there are a few other scattered, minor marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 96% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a light turn-line and there are some scattered light scratches and scuffs. The serrations on the trigger and the checkering on the hammer spur and cylinder latch are sharp. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger is very crisp. The cylinder has almost no play on each chamber when the trigger is depressed. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s Model 686-M with an 8 3/8″ barrel and silhouette-style sights. The “M” marking indicates that the revolver was returned to the factory under a recall which affected the 686 and 686-1 models. This revolver has a beautiful stainless finish, with wide serrated trigger and wide checkered hammer. It is a little large for defense or as a hunting sidearm but would make a fantastic gun for handgun hunting. Where it will really shine is in silhouette matches. With its adjustable front sight which can quickly change between four preset elevations, this revolver will make short work of chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams (the steel ones or the real ones). Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.