SOLD FOR: $1,253.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 686-3, The .357 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: BEW3505
Year of Manufacture: Modern
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 left side of the grip frame is marked “X37X” and has inspector marks, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is marked “7867 858”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number, the yoke is marked “858”.
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 sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The installed grip is a set of two-piece checkered walnut target grips with silver-colored S&W medallions at the top of each panel. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition. Also included is a two-piece checkered black rubber Pachmayr Presentation grip. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. The grips are in Fine-Excellent overall condition as not original to the revolver.
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 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a light turn-line, the trigger and hammer have very light operational wear and there are light handling marks. The serrations on the trigger and the checkering on the hammer spur and cylinder latch are sharp. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun is in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger is very crisp. The cylinder has 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: This revolver comes in a one-piece blue cardboard Smith & Wesson box with serial matching label, factory cleaning accessories and sight adjustment tool sealed in factory packaging, wax paper, manual and the extra grip as described. The box has scattered light scuffs and an area on the lid which looks like it had a sticker removed, in about Very Good-plus overall condition.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s Model 686-3 with an 8 3/8″ barrel and silhouette-style sights. This revolver has a beautiful stainless finish, with wide serrated trigger and wide checkered hammer. This revolver 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.
For more information go to https://www.p65warnings.ca.gov