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    Newbie to S&W 681

    I recently purchased my first revolver, a 681. I own pistols and rifles however I always wanted a .357 and unfortunately I couldn't talk my dad out of his Colt Python. I have a friend who acquired this 681 in a trade from a dealer with another gun he wanted. He sold me this for $300 which from what research I did seemed like a pretty good deal. When reading about them I ran across the recall and if modified it should have the M. I looked and did not see a dash after my model number so I am assuming mine needs to go back. I also saw some other markings and was not sure what they are for. I attached a couple pictures and was wondering if anyone could give me any at all. I am wondering age, what the markings are for, do I need to send it back, how do I send it back, ect. Also I think I got a good deal but would love a little reassuring. Thanks.
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    Drew ,

    Let me be the first of many to reassure you that you def got a deal .

    I'm eyeing one locally that is listed at $499 , I'm hoping to get it down .

    The L frame is a nice size and yours looks to be in fine shape .

    Congrats ,
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    Welcome, and congratulations on a fine handgun, I purchased mine a little while back and paid a lot more than $300.00. The photo you have with the cylinder swung out is where I saw the letter "M" stamped on mine. If you call S&W customer service I'm sure they will be able to assist you with possible warranty work that may need to be done. I took my to the range for the first time last week, good shooter with not much recoil, although I will be changing the grips on mine.
    They are the same as yours, and personally for me they are not comfortable, good luck.

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    Good price. Nicely balanced gun IMO.

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    S&W still does the recall repairs, and there is no charge to you at either end. The numbers stamped in various places are assembly numbers, and they have no informational value outside the plant. Those numbers are used to insure parts that are fitted in various areas, come back together at final assembly.

    The primary reason for the recall, is because of certain Federal ammunition and its primers.

    You have one of the most sturdy, utilitarian revolvers ever produced by S&W. Fixed sights, beefy frame. You'll pass this one down to your children and grandchildren. If the stocks aren't to your liking, there are a bunch of after-market makes which may be more comfortable.

    Congratulations, and welcome!
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    Dennis

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    Excellent price for that revolver and it looks great!
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    & welcome to the forum enjoy your stay john

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    Drew0535........Welcome from another Newby.....681 in greek means TACK DRIVER
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    I found the recall late as I quit shooting to put 2 kids through school. Call S&W, you'll get a label via email, call FedEx and you should have it back in a week.

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    Drew 0535

    You do indeed have a friend - for $300.How sweet it is!

    Hank


 

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