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    Default S&W 686 Serial Number

    I just bought a used S&W 686 stainless steel 4" bbl , serial # AJSXXXX and was wondering if anyone with access to The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson would be able to help me out with the date of manufacture. I've been told the previous owner was an elderly gentleman that, for medical reasons, had to move into a healthcare facility and couldn't take the gun with him. Any help on this, or a point in the right direction would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by SSgtLP; September 16th, 2009 at 09:09 PM.
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    Default Re: S&W 686 Serial Number

    Mr. S&W 686: Fine revolver, enjoy. As to finding DOM-Date of Manufacture- have you tried just calling Smith and Wesson directly ?? or trying an e-mail post for them to reply when they find info ?? I've found them very helpful in the past. Other possible option is Editor Roy Huntingdon of American Handgunner magazine. If he and his staff don't have answer, they will know who does and will direct you there. Good luck, seamus out.

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    Default Re: S&W 686 Serial Number

    Might wanna check this out:

    Request the history of your S&W handgun

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    Default Re: S&W 686 Serial Number

    Below is the most knowledgeable S&W I have found on the net;

    http://smith-wessonforum.com/

    No doubt someone on there will be able to steer you in the right direction

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    Default Re: S&W 686 Serial Number

    The best I can find in my books is that it dates somewhere between 1985 and 1986
    Hope this helps

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