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Texgunner
July 10, 2017, 17:13
I bought this pistol new back around '87-'88. I had a neighbor at the time, a high-school classmate of my mom, who was a part-time gunsmith. His name was Eugene Salach and tuning S&W revolvers was his specialty. They were a great shooting family; he and his Dutch-born wife were lifetime NRA members and volunteered at Camp Perry for years. Their eldest son, Michael, held several shooting records and shot on the Pan-American team while a Navy aviator.

Soon after I bought this 4" 686, I had Gene do his magic. I know he replaced the stock springs, did some stoning, added a some shims. The result was just amazing. Both the single-action and double-action pulls are really nice, and most shooters who handle it are greatly impressed. I added the Pachymar grips and blacked out the rear white outline.

Back then, Gene would tutor me while I used his handloading equipment and payed just for the components. I shot it a lot then as it was my only center-fire pistol and I could load it pretty cheaply. It's probably had around 1500 rounds through it, maybe 75% of that .38 spl. I had never taken a photo of it until this afternoon. It's nothing fancy but some might enjoy the pics.

Oh, and I added a pic of the home-made snap caps that Gene made for me.

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SAFN49
July 10, 2017, 17:44
Does Gene still work his magic? I've got a 586 that I would like to have tightened up.

Texgunner
July 10, 2017, 18:00
No, unfortunately, he passed away probably close to 10 years ago. He was a good guy and taught me a lot back then. He was just a little to the right of Mussolini. :biggrin:

I think a wealth of gun knowledge passed with him. Same as with many others I'd say. After shooting my 686, three friends who had also bought new 686s had him work on theirs too. He really had the touch.

Jarhead504
July 10, 2017, 18:47
No, unfortunately, he passed away probably close to 10 years ago. He was a good guy and taught me a lot back then. He was just a little to the right of Mussolini. :biggrin:

I think a wealth of gun knowledge passed with him. Same as with many others I'd say. .

"When an old man dies, a library burns down."

- African Proverb

Texgunner
July 10, 2017, 18:54
That's sure true. :beer:

Wildcat
July 10, 2017, 19:02
They are beautiful, aren't they?

I shot my 686 this Sunday for the first time in a while. I had the last of a batch of some 10 year old 357 handloads that I tossed into the range bag as well.

Accuracy is still wonderful but I think the shelf life on Viht powder is not what you get from other powders. As I recall when working up these loads, there was barely any soot so clean-up was a snap.

While the loads are still quite clean, I noticed unconsumed granules when I dumped the empty brass.

According to the gun, 14gr of N110 under a 158gr JHP is the right combination. After than its just a question of how well I can hold and squeeze the double-action.

fuel fire desire
July 10, 2017, 20:24
I have a formerly sheriff issued 66-1 that went through the full treatment by a revolver magician. I am simply IN LOVE with the classic Smiths. Nothing seems to compare with the Smiths from the 70's and 80's compared to modern production. Even out of the PC shop.

Being a 66-1 though, Im not too keen on feeding it a steady diet of .357, so a 681 is definitely on my short list if I can ever find a good one.

Texgunner
July 10, 2017, 20:27
They are beautiful, aren't they?





Yes sir, that they are!

I have a formerly sheriff issued 66-1 that went through the full treatment by a revolver magician. I am simply IN LOVE with the classic Smiths.

You can't wrong with a gun like that!

SPEEDGUNNER
July 10, 2017, 20:51
That is one sweet looking wheelgun!

Will C
July 10, 2017, 21:40
That's a thing of beauty for sure. Makes me kick myself all over again for selling my 4" 686 years ago. Still have 2 of them in 6" - a stainless hunter (unfluted cyl) and a 686+. But I would so like to have that 4" back. One of the few that I let go and now regret.

Right Side Up
July 10, 2017, 21:46
Beautiful gun. I need to find one someday.

SAFN49
July 10, 2017, 22:54
No, unfortunately, he passed away probably close to 10 years ago. He was a good guy and taught me a lot back then.

I think a wealth of gun knowledge passed with him. Same as with many others I'd say. After shooting my 686, three friends who had also bought new 686s had him work on theirs too. He really had the touch.

Sorry to hear that. I just don't want to trust my 586 to just anyone.

Andy the Aussie
July 11, 2017, 01:07
I have a pair of 686s....a 4 and a 6. I bought the 4 new around 1988 or 89 !!! I may be the last handgun I parted with. Mine looks a little different now but it was a twin to yours..!

TenTea
July 11, 2017, 06:20
Your Magnum is beautiful and the snap caps are cool, too.

I'd enjoy the trigger, I'm sure and your gunsmith friend sounds like a classic character.

Old men are libraries...? Yep, no doubt about it.

I'm a fan of older S&W's from the 1950's and 1960's and shoot a revolver or two, weekly.

I've been through a couple bouts of Smithitis in my life but currently in remission.

I took a couple new photos, recently...enjoy!

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Texgunner
July 11, 2017, 07:06
Thanks a lot for the nice comments gents! :beer:

TenTea, those are beautiful pistols, how long can that "remission" last? :smile:

Gene and Trus (his wife, Gertruda) packed their old LeBaron station-wagon for a trip to California. Their son Michael (Annapolis grad) was a P-3 pilot stationed on the west coast. I walked over to check them out and saw Gene loading his tool box, an alternator, a water pump, a spare battery and other automotive gear. He was leaving prepared for the worst. I scoffed at all that later, telling my wife about it.

They were gone for nearly two weeks and when they returned, sure enough, somewhere along the way, Gene had to change the water pump. :smile: All the way to Cali and back, they stopped once for an ice cream cone. All other eats came from what Trus had packed. Oh, he was snug. :biggrin:

He had two big National Security safes in the house. One held Gene's rifles, including three M1As, while the other held Garand "trophy" rifles that Michael had won shooting in the Navy Matches while a Reservist. Those were quite cool, with each one having an armorer's tag hanging from the barrel with pertinent data. At one point there were six or seven on the front couple rows of the safe.

TenTea
July 11, 2017, 07:41
Great story...snug, I like that one. :biggrin:

Remission = permanent, I swear.
I recently sold all my spare S&W stocks/grips and I don't want for another single thing.
Bases are covered there, 22, 38, 357, 45 ~ from plinking and bowling pins, bullseye to carry.

BamaFal
July 11, 2017, 09:48
Beautiful Smiths.

I carried a 6" 686 as a duty weapon in the early 80's. Great shooting piece.

I qualified NRA Distinguished Expert with it, shooting magnum loads. The Federal Marshall working next to me on the firing line walked over and wanted to know what loads I was shooting. He knew they were making more than average noise.:eek: Ego, I guess, just wanted to see if I could reach that goal with duty rounds. It was a satisfying effort. I do like the old Smiths.

Thanks for the post! I enjoyed the remarks and it brought back memories.

jhend170
July 11, 2017, 14:35
Sorry to hear that. I just don't want to trust my 586 to just anyone.

If you make the HGCA Gun show in Houston look for a guy that does trigger jobs, goes by "Triggers By D." White-haired guy, probably mid 60s-ish, comes in from Baton Rouge I think just for those shows. He always has a Smith revolver and a 1911 on stands that are his display pieces. Had him do the work on my 686+ and it's the second best trigger I own out of some 25 handguns (my custom built 1911 is the winner, but not by a lot). He has been charging $65 to do a trigger job on about anything common. He did the 686, but has also done my Redhawk, my Baby Desert Eagle, a little Taurus 44sp that feels real nice (probably the biggest difference), and a friend's Airweight. No complaints about any of them.


http://www.hgca.org/our-gun-shows/

0302
July 11, 2017, 18:45
just get a python

Texgunner
July 11, 2017, 22:24
just get a python

Okay. But still not as smooth as my 686.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Texgunner/pythonfullviewleftbest.jpg (http://s7.photobucket.com/user/Texgunner/media/pythonfullviewleftbest.jpg.html)

:smile:

0302
July 12, 2017, 00:01
👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Andy the Aussie
July 12, 2017, 00:18
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Texgunner
July 12, 2017, 06:00
http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af98/Andy_the_Aussie/4inchedit.jpg (http://s997.photobucket.com/user/Andy_the_Aussie/media/4inchedit.jpg.html)

:love: Oh my!

She looks great Andy. :bow:

Texgunner
July 12, 2017, 12:17
Andy, is that finish brushed stainless or hard chromed, or? I like that look.

VALMET
July 12, 2017, 13:30
Thanks for sharing, while I love Belgian FNs and Valmets, I have an affinity for S&W revolvers also, particularly older 357s. Nice looking 686

Andy the Aussie
July 12, 2017, 15:03
Andy, is that finish brushed stainless or hard chromed, or? I like that look. ...bead blasted. :D

With it's longer brother before the front sights were done....

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af98/Andy_the_Aussie/Blasted6862.jpg (http://s997.photobucket.com/user/Andy_the_Aussie/media/Blasted6862.jpg.html)

TenTea
July 13, 2017, 06:47
...bead blasted. :D

With it's longer brother before the front sights were done....



Big improvement on the front sights! :D

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jhend170
July 13, 2017, 08:42
That's a thing of beauty for sure. Makes me kick myself all over again for selling my 4" 686 years ago. Still have 2 of them in 6" - a stainless hunter (unfluted cyl) and a 686+. But I would so like to have that 4" back. One of the few that I let go and now regret.

Well this will make you want to at least attempt to get it to make its way north...

http://texasguntrader.com/index.php?a=2&b=1032967

OLDMANPBK
July 14, 2017, 11:59
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=85766&stc=1&d=1500051425
686-5 Mountain Gun

Texgunner
July 14, 2017, 16:44
http://www.falfiles.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=85766&stc=1&d=1500051425
686-5 Mountain Gun

Very nice pistol! :bow:

OLDMANPBK
July 14, 2017, 17:10
Thank you sir. It's one they'll be burying with me. I was going to start a S&W Mountain Gun thread with it, but the Mountain Guns pretty much all look the same. This seemed like a better place for it. Lots of good looking revolvers here. :beer:

Glashaus
July 15, 2017, 07:52
Nice S&W's!

My 3" 686 CS1 is one of my favorite shooting and carrying S&W's.

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag58/tomhaynes47/IMG_1065_zps5fbqild2.jpg (http://s1298.photobucket.com/user/tomhaynes47/media/IMG_1065_zps5fbqild2.jpg.html)

Texgunner
July 15, 2017, 08:18
"Don't mess with Shorty!"

Sweet piece Glashaus! :smile:

Glashaus
July 15, 2017, 08:59
"Don't mess with Shorty!"

Sweet piece Glashaus! :smile:

Thanks! I got my CS1 back in the mid 90's when nobody really knew about them or wanted them.

I do have a 6" 586-1 that I do enjoy shooting too

http://i1298.photobucket.com/albums/ag58/tomhaynes47/IMG_0847_zpslbi84jh8.jpg (http://s1298.photobucket.com/user/tomhaynes47/media/IMG_0847_zpslbi84jh8.jpg.html)

W.E.G.
July 15, 2017, 09:34
Stinkbutt.

Coming through.

Oh how that squishy rubber absorbs the "essence" of the PO's taste in fragrance

Make way...



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TenTea
July 15, 2017, 10:07
Stinkbutt.

Coming through.

Oh how that squishy rubber absorbs the "essence" of the PO's taste in fragrance

Make way...




My gods man, clean up your act!

http://static.eprofeel.com/salons/c/1/442d/hustler.jpg

Wildcat
July 16, 2017, 14:06
WEG must actually like the aroma.

Its not as if clean, Hogue monogrips are hard to find; or even cost much. ;)

Retired Bum
July 16, 2017, 15:32
I have a first year production 686 with the six inch barrel. Serial number is AAHxxxx. Not too long after buying it I received a letter from S&W asking me to send the 686 back to them for a modification that they recommended. It seems that there was a problem with Winchester .357 Magnum 145 grain SilverTip ammo. The primer would flow into the firing pin hole and bind up the cylinder.

I declined to return it to S&W and it is still as it left the factory except for wearing a set of packies. The original walnut grips are tucked away in the box with the paperwork and tools.

Over the years I have owned my fair share of N frame .357's. Four Model 27-2's and three Model 28-2's. At least half a dozen Model 19's and 66's. But the 686 is the one I would keep if I had to let the others go. It has a DA trigger that has smoothed out and it feels like oiled glass when stroked.

And so it goes.


The Retired One