SOLD FOR: $2,025.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 686-3 ‘The .357 Distinguished Combat Magnum’ U.S. Treasury Bicentennial Commemorative, 1 of 631
Serial Number: UST0223
Year of Manufacture: 1989 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Richard Nahas & Jim Supica, page 271)
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON / 357 MAGNUM”, the right is marked “1789-US DEPT OF TREASURY-1989 / BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE”, the left side of the frame has S&W’s monogram logo, the right has the four line Marcas Registradas. The sideplate is marked with the Depratment of the Treasury seal and “1789”. The yoke cut is marked “UST0223 / MOD. 686-3”. The yoke has inspection marks. The back of the cylinder is marked “V”, the ejector rod cutout is marked “S”. The butt is marked with the serial number, the sides of the grip frame have inspection marks and sticker.
Case: This lid of the presentation case is marked with the original Treasury Department seal with “THESAUR AMER SEPTENT SIGIL” around the outside surrounded by the seven logos of past and present departments of the treasury and has an inlaid plaque marked “U.S. TREASURY / BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE / 1789 – 1989”.
Belt Buckle: The front of the belt buckle is marked “UNITED STATES TREASURY DEPARTMENT / 1789 1989 / COMMEMORATIVE” and with the seal of the Department of the Treasury. The rear of the belt buckle is marked with the revolver’s serial number.
Barrel Length: 4”, with full underlug and wide solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, integral to a rise in the solid, serrated rib. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched, white-outlined leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood panels with S&W medallions at their tops, leaving the serrated backstrap exposed. The grips have a few scattered light compressions and some scuffing, most notably in the top of the right panel. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Very Good-plus overall 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 pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel and frame have some scattered light marks. The sideplate has a few light scratches and scattered light marks. The cylinder has a light turn-line and a few light marks. The screw heads are mostly sharp, the grip screw is tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces light side to side play with no measurable back play in full lockup of all 6 chambers. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. 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 wooden presentation case with blue felt interior, serial-matching belt-buckle and an assortment of factory paperwork including manual, original National Association of Treasury Agents letter soliciting the special order, NATA letter extending the order deadline, unmarked order form, certificate of authenticity with matching serial number, copy of the page of “The Agent” announcing the completion and delivery of the commemorative revolvers, letter from Smith & Wesson to the Executive director of NATA detailing the production of the revolvers, and two Treasury Building bookmark/ornaments from The Treasury Historical Association still in their informative booklets. The exterior of the case has scattered light compressions, scuffs and storage marks, the interior has light wear from the contents, in about Very Good condition. The belt buckle is in Excellent condition. The paperwork shows light wear and discoloration from storage and age, in Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: Produced by Smith & Wesson in partnership with the National Association of Treasury Agents to commemorate the fallen US Treasury Agents killed in the line of duty in the 200 years of the Treasury Department. As the included paperwork details, Smith & Wesson was hoping for a total of 1,000 orders, but only 631 sets were ultimately produced. Given the limited production, included presentation case, serial-matching buckle and paperwork, this would make a great addition to a Smith & Wesson collection and would make a great gift or addition to a collection for a Treasury Agent. 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.