SOLD FOR: $3103
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 586-4, The Distinguished Combat Magnum
Serial Number: BRF3889
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Caliber: .357 Magnum
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.
Barrel Length: 2 1/2″ 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 square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation. The topstrap is drilled and tapped under the rear sight base.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are smooth wood combat stocks with a speedloader cut and S&W medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks and a couple of faint compressions. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks are in Excellent overall condition. Also included is a black rubber S&W grip with raised ovals and finger grooves, it has no major defects and is in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore rates 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is some faint wear on the leading edges. There are a few little marks through the finish on the cylinder. There are a couple of faint marks on the trigger guard. There is a thin turn line on the cylinder that has thinned the finish. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in Excellent 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, and Accessories: Included is a Bianchi soft case and the previously described grips.
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 because we all just seem to love ’em. This 586 revolver is from 1987-1995 and rates in Excellent condition, the bore is bright with strong rifling and the action has almost zero play in full lockup. This 2 1/2″ revolver is a beauty and one you certainly don’t want to miss out on. Please see our photos and good luck!