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    686 no-dash Recall?

    I recently obtained a 4" stainless .357 S&W model 686 (no dash). The gun is in new condition. Due to previous information posted about this model being recalled to be modified and stamped with an "M", I contacted the local S&W factory repair site and made an inquiry. I was advised there were no more parts available, either in the field or at the S&W factory, to make the required safety modifications. Any suggestions? I've put a couple boxes of assorted .357 factory and reloads through it without any problems. Darn fine piece of equipment.

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    Wow they really told you that? Seems they could be held responsible if something happened to you because they could not honor the recall. I would call back and ask for a supervisor.
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    Call a different office but DONT send it in till they can do the recall. If they have posession, and it isn't safe to shoot, you don't get it back.

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    I really don't know what's going on with Smith & Wesson but for some reason, they seem content to phase out standard repair parts for guns such as K Frame revolvers even though there are literally hundreds of thousands of them still in service even though many are 40-50 years old. These are common items also such as sideplate screws, standard & oversized advancing hands, hammer noses with rivets, hammer nose bushings, standard & oversized cylinder stops, etc. I can understand discontinuing high dollar seldom ordered parts such as barrels, receivers, cylinders, ejectors, sideplates etc. but these parts which are common service items?


    The recall was to replace the hammer nose & hammer nose bushing because a very small number of guns were found to lock up because primers extruded back thru the hammer nose bushing. This problem was extremely ammunition specific and limited to a very small number of light bullet magnum factory loadings. If you have not experienced a problem with your magnum ammo to date, the odds are overwhelming that your revolver will function just fine indefinitely without the remedial work.

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    I would contact the S&W factory direct. Your revolver is probably safe to use, but let S&W confirm it. If it is unsafe to use......they should give you another revolver. Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob K View Post
    I would contact the S&W factory direct. Your revolver is probably safe to use, but let S&W confirm it. If it is unsafe to use......they should give you another revolver. Bob

    That new one would come with a 'Hillary hole' though.

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    I was (finally) able to speak to a live person at the S&W factory (800-331-0852). He assured me they can do the re-call modification required on the 686, took my information, explained the return procedure, and said he will be mailing out the proper address label to me so I can ship it to them via Fed-Ex. He said the normal turn-around is two to four weeks.

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    grasshopper, Don't delay sending it in, because S&W goes on vacation in August. Then, it will be months.....before you get it back! Bob

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    Glad they are doing it, I misread your OP and thought you called S&W directly. That is why I was so surprised they would say that.
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    Glad to hear that you are getting the revolver modified!
    I can not abide useless people.

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