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    Trying to put a year to a serial number, I have a chance to buy a [email protected] 686, 8 and 3 eights barrel. Serial number afro834. Help please?

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    Hey Dave , couple of thoughts ,since you are new at this.
    Guys seem to get too hung up on years of manufacture. Maybe more important on older ,much older guns, not so important on newer guns.
    What is MUCH more important is the Dash number which will explain plus or minuses of that version of the model. As a secondary plus the dash number will significantly narrow down the date of manuf.
    Number you have used does not seen to be a serial#, possibly a assembly number which is meaningless .
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    Hi Davef,
    Serial AFR 0834 should be around 1985 but the 3 letter serials have surprised me when someone gets a specific ship date from Roy Jinks. Look for a M stamped in the crane of the model 686 if no dash which would mean that the hammer has been updated and the -1 and later do have the updated hammer. There was a supposed problem but my 686 no dash fired a pile of full house .357 magnum ammo before I sent it out for the update.
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    Jimg11

    There is no m on this gun. There are no dashes.

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    686 no dash is what it sounds like you have. I have the 6" barrel version. Great revolver. Hopefully you get it at a decent price. Is it in good shape? Going to hunt with it? Also...welcome to the forum.
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    Greetings mate.

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    What needsmostuff said. The model and "dash number" is what you need to look at when purchasing.


 

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