SOLD FOR $1600
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 586-3, The Distinguished Combat Magnum, SKU. 103536
Serial Number: BEB8415
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Caliber: .357 Magnum & .38 Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “S.&W. .357 MAGNUM”, the left is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number. The right side of the frame is marked with the four-line Marcas Registradas, the left is marked with the S&W trademark logo. The butt is marked with the serial number. The sides of the grip frame and yoke have inspection marks. The interior of the right grip panel is marked “FEB 24 1989”.
Barrel Length: 6” with Full Underlug & Solid Rib
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with an orange plastic insert set on a rise in the solid rib. The rear sight is a flat top, white outlined, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with S&W medallions and a speedloader cut. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a few little dings through the finish, most noticeable on the right panel up at the top. There is some finish loss on the bottom edges. There are a couple of little dings on the bottom edges. There are a few scuffs that have thinned the finish. The checkering is mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks are in Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is strong. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are spots of oxidation on the grip frame under the grips. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is some thinning on the barrel and rib on the leading edges. The leading edges of the frame and cylinder also have some light thinning. There is a light turn line through the finish on the cylinder. There is standard operational wear. There are a few faint scuffs and light draglines. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. There is light play on the chambers in full lockup. The double-action trigger pull is smooth with a crisp single-action break. 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: Included is a serial matching box, cleaning kit, and paperwork including the manual. The black “tophat” is missing from the box.
Our Assessment: As the name implies, the Distinguished Combat Magnum is a remarkable piece of machinery that is tough enough for any application. The revolver is built on Smith & Wesson’s L-Frame which was introduced in 1980. While the .357 Magnum had been in use for a number of years, police officers did not like the weight of the heavy N-Framed models and while the K-Frame was the standard for defensive revolvers, it was realized that problems with the forcing cone arose after high round count. The solution to the problem was the L-Frame, with input from S&W Historian Roy Jinks the new frame was born. The L-Frame was basically K-Frame that was beefed up just a bit allowing for a larger forcing cone and cylinder window, but retained the same grip frame. In 1980 the L-Frame models were introduced and were instantly recognizable by their full underlug. The 586 was well received by law enforcement and sport shooters alike and was produced for 19 years until 1999 when it was discontinued. It has since been put back into production…just not like the originals. This 586-3 revolver is from 1990 and rates in Fine condition, the bore is bright with strong rifling and the action is soon on. This 6″ revolver is a beauty and one you certainly don’t want to miss out on. Please see our photos and good luck!