I have a S&W 686-3 which is in the Black finish. I have read several places that have said there were less than 1,600 made but nothing of the value. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Condition is excellent.
Condition is everything.
Mint condition, with the original labeled box, and everything else that came in the box, unfired would bring around $1100 or so around here.
If it's been fired outside of the factory test rounds the value will drop according to the current conditions. I saw one on gunbroker sell for around $800 because it was shot. Once it's been shot, it's just another 686 as far as I'm concerned, and others seem to reflect the same values on them.
Greg, A 686 4" shooter for $800.....is a little too much for me. Guess I'll have the stay with my M-67 4"....or carry my M-66-1 2 1/2" with med. vel. .357 158 Gr. ammo. Don't shoot much .357 ammo......usually 125 Gr. .38 Spl. +P JSP or HP, or 158 Gr. LSWC reloads for most of my shootin'. Bob
I bought the more common 6" this summer for $850. I was happy to do it; the gun is in shooter grade. I think it is pretty cool to own an attempt by Smith and Wesson that didn't work so well as the finish isn't all that tough.
Do I think I over paid or is it going to go up in value? I dont care it's for my kids to worry about. I do agree around $800 to $900 is a fair price maybe less. I hope you enjoy it.
Here are a couple of pics. I have no idea if it was shot I'm not the original owner and I have yet to shoot it. However, it is very clean, I also don't believe in collecting a firearms that haven't been shot. It's like having Corvette that hasn't been driven. Nobody dreams of having one they can sit and stare at, they want to drive it...