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Smith & Wesson doesnt commonly release production numbers, but the 7 shot, 2.5", 686-4 is fairly uncommon and usually commands a premium price. That is a very nice example
 

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Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass! Our reference is the Standard Catalog of S&W, 4th Edition by Supica and Nahas. They did a lot of research and I believe they had access to production records for most of the older guns. But, the more modern guns data is lacking as compared to older production. Could be S&W was trying to protect proprietary information they felt would be used against them by their competition. So, except for special orders like for Lew Horton, we don't know production numbers. Any numbers you get from non-S&W employees is purely speculative, IMO. And I would take an employee's information, except perhaps Roy Jinks, with a big grain of salt. As you said, the snub 686-4 is uncommon. The market will set a value based on the serious collector's desire to own one.
 
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