SOLD FOR: $2,713.00
Make: Smith & Wesson, Engraved by Kenny Majors
Serial Number: CVA3655
Year of Manufacture: 2014 (S&W’s Customer Service hotline was happy to provide this information)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: Double Action / Single Action (DA / SA), 7-Shot Swing-Out Un-Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “S&W .357 MAGNUM”, the right side is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The yoke is marked “595”, the yoke cut is marked “CVA3655 / 686-6” and “KM” inside of a hat (Kenny Majors’ Trademark Logo). The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. This revolver was hand engraved by Master Engraver Kenny Majors. Included is a signed document from Mr. Majors that states the following regarding the engraving work: “The unfluted cylinder model was chosen to maximize available engraving space. To create additional engraving space, the Smith and Wesson logo on the side plate was removed, and the side plate leveled to match the frame. The engraved areas were carefully chosen to have full coverage on the cylinder and considerable coverage in the areas adjoining the cylinder to depict growth of scroll emantating from the cylinder. Scroll was added to the front, rear and bottom of the barrel, the backstrap, the front upper frame and crane, the lower frame sides, the sideplates, the trigger guard and the frame forward of the trigger guard, to complete the coverage. The scroll style is an interwined American scroll, with profuse converging fine shade lines. The areas between the elements are in very deep relief, creating engraving that one can feel. All areas of background removal were stippled with a fine point. The hardness of the cylinder was such that resharpening of tools was a constant concern, and resulted in more than seventy hours spent on that cylinder alone. Lines with leaf endings were created on the cylinder to border the area where drag lines would eventually be created with use, as well as the muzzle and breech of the barrel. The engraved areas were background inked to create contract from the stainless steel. Finally, the entire gun was highly polished, including the hammer and trigger. When finished, the hours expended exceeded one hundred thirty hours”. The factory plastic blue hard case has an end label that reflects the serial number, barrel length and finish of this revolver.
Barrel Length: 5”, with Full Underlug
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black serrated ramp blade with an orange insert, pinned fore to aft into a rise in the top of the barrel; the top of the barrel is serrated and finished matte for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched, white outlined leaf on a base that is micro-click adjustable for windage and elevation; the base is slotted onto the drilled and tapped top strap and secured with two screws.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are factory Smith & Wesson logo Talo brand dark laminated wood panels that feature “.357” left smooth among pebbled portions on the flanks; the front strap portions have finger grooves that wrap around to cover the front strap of the grip frame. There are two shallow marks on the butt of the panels as photographed. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Re-Polished After Engraving
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are only the faintest of infrequent shallow marks present; the right side upper barrel flat has a line of faint marks, with some even lighter marks back towards the chamber. There is no drag line on the cylinder and it appears this revolver was never fired outside of the factory. One small segment of serration on the top of the rear sight is interrupted; the surrounding serrations are sharp, suggesting this may be a factory blemish. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: We did not test the action of this revolver at the request of Mr. Majors; there is no drag line on the cylinder and we agreed that turning it was not necessary given production in 2014 and the high condition. The revolver features a frame lock on the left side just above the thumb piece; two keys are provided for this feature. 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 the revolver’s factory blue hard case with foam inserts, an unopened red lock, factory test fire cartridge, instruction manual, foam sheet and marketing pamphlets and signed paperwork from Mr. Majors that documents the progression and though behind the engraving details. All items only show light wear and rate in Excellent condition as photographed.
Our Assessment: This is a one of a kind documented Kenny Majors engraved Smith & Wesson Model 686-6. This revolver has stunning high relief engraving with inked pebbled backgrounds and swooping floral elements. The revolver was polished after engraving was complete; all said and done, more than 130 hours was spent perfecting this masterpiece. 99% of the finish remains with no drag line in the cylinder or evidence of use in the bore, outside of factory testing. The dark laminated wood grip panels compliment the near flawless high polish; please see our photographs. The revolver’s original factory hard case, unopened lock and paperwork are included. A signed letter detailing Mr. Majors’ work is included and provides information on the process that lead to completion of this project. Engraved firearms with no provenance are often degraded because of the work, this revolver has Kenny Majors’ ‘Hat Brand’ trade mark logo and documentation, leaving no room for guesswork. Good luck and happy bidding.