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

  1. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

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    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

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    Wonder where that Smith has been
  3. LIKTOSHOOT

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

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


    LTS
  4. lead

    lead Well-Known Member

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    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*

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    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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