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I like to know all there is to know about guns I own. This 686-0 has some stamping on the crane and frame under grips I am curious about. Also on the back side of left grip panel is an "ink" stamp 1 2 1982...assume date of mfgr? Serial # translates to 1982. Hope pix show stampings in question. 6" barrel, M stamped.
 

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Those are factory inspection markings, and markings used to keep groups of parts together as they work their way through the manufacturing process.

The "M" on the frame under the crane means it was back to S&W for the recall on the hammer nose problem experienced with some 686 revolvers when using .357 magnum ammunition.

I think that the large "S" refers to it being Stainless Steel. When a revolver is factory nickel they stamp a "N" like that.

Congratulations on one of the best revolvers available. 1982 vintage sounds likely. We can verify with the serial number to some extent.
 

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Tnx for reply. Would guess the grips are original due to ink stamp as pictured. Serial #AAR3577. Reason I asked about grips, they are shiny, no wear on checkering, n no discoloring one vs the other. Think it was a safe queen. No line on cylinder from rotation. Story goes belonged to a Texas Ranger who bought it new.
 

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AAR3577 left the factory in 1982, I think it's reasonable to assume the grips are original. Very nice gun, w/ regular shooting & cleaning it should be around for several more generations.
 

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Tnx for reply. Would guess the grips are original due to ink stamp as pictured. Serial #AAR3577. Reason I asked about grips, they are shiny, no wear on checkering, n no discoloring one vs the other. Think it was a safe queen. No line on cylinder from rotation. Story goes belonged to a Texas Ranger who bought it new.
Beautiful 686. It does look pretty much new. If it was fired at all, it wasn't much I would think
 

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Look on the other grip (stock) sometimes they are marked with the gun serial number.
 

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Got mine bout month ago. Shot 4-5" low regardless of what ammo. Could not raise rear sight enough to compensate. Found rear sights were not factory, Millet brand with incorrect sight insert. Ordered correct sight from Midway n waiting for delivery. Have hand loads ready to go. Love this gun! Wish S&W put deeper grooves in their screws.
 

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This is an interesting exemplar because of these stamp frames. I like how it looks. I think it's a very rare model that must be very expensive due to its rarity. One of my hobbies is collecting old stamps. I like their old design and also they are very expensive, and you can make pretty good cash. Your thread inspired me to order and make a new stamp from Custom stamp designer, make your stamp online or create company seal. Their interface allows me easily to copy the design and to make it 1:1 like the one I want to have in my collection. Thanks again for your thread and the opinions I read here!
 

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This is a really interesting exemplar because of these stamp frames. I like how it looks. I think it's a very rare model that must be very expensive due to its rarity.
They pretty much all have those same stamps from that era, so nothing rare
 

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Sweet 686! Hopefully you will be enjoying that beauty at the range.
 

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With due respect to my friend from AZ, when I interpolate the SN tables in the SCSW, 4th, I get 1983 for xbassman's 686 and 1985 for Kevin's. (BTW, Welcome to the forums from the Wiregrass, Kevin and Kaidan!) You could use xbassman's 686 for a shaving mirror! :giggle:
 

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Why exactly would this 686 be considered "rare" and "expensive due to it's rarity"? Curious minds want to know.
 
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