need a little help please

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by 358 winchester, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    This week end I picked up a few new guns :eek: :D :D :cool:
    One is a Smith & Wesson Mod 686-3 4 inch barrel (with a great trigger job already done :D )
    but it has some strange markings on the right side of the barrel and I would like help in finding out what they mean.

    " CAI ST AIR VT " these are the letters and spaced as I have done them here.
    I am guessing maybe some sort of a police trade in?
    I hope ibtrukn don't see this post he will make a word out of it for sure :D ;)
    Thanks
    Ron
     
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    Import mark
    Century Arms

    Wonder where that Smith has been
     

  3. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Century Arms International (CAI) and yes, probably a trade in.


    LTS
     
  4. lead

    lead Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2004
    Missouri
    I found a guy at the last gun show with 3 model 10's, all with the CAI import mark. Someone speculated that they had been to Canada.
    I had never heard of a police dep't. outside of the U.S. that carried .357 though, the 686 surprises me.
     
  5. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    I just could stand it so I found out
    this pistol was issued to a DEA task force in south America and imported back to the states by Century Arms as apart of a buy back program when the task force went to auto's.
    Now how true all this is I don't know but that is what a so called expert told me. :cool:
     
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