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S&W SS trooper in 357

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by berto64, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

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    Shiny barrel, Hogue wraparound grips, 6" barrel.

    Ser # AVZ4832
    4
    m686-1

    All numbers on the frame inside the swivel above the hinge.

    Any ideas on what I have here? Supposed to be 1980's manufacture. Last ones before everybody went to slabsides.

    Can't believe I traded for a wheel gun, and a S&W at that!

    Thanx
  2. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

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    Well, you have a Model 686......The .357 Distinguished Combat Magnum Stainless.

    Giving you a date of manufacture is a bit more difficult. The years from 1980-83 were transition years with a three letter serial prefix and a four digit number.

    The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson lists all of the three -digit serial numbers from 1980 to 2000.....but there's no "AVZ" listed. They do list an AVB for 1987.....might that be what you have?
  3. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

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    I like wheel guns so when you are ready to part with that one let me know;)
  4. Oneida Steve

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    That 686 is a great L-frame S&W revolver. Good choice.

    FYI a "Trooper" is a Colt revolver.
  5. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

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    I really didn't choose it, it sorta chose me.

    About an hour before I posted my question, a local fellow dropped by with it and asked if I had a 22 to trade for it.

    I got the handgun and he walked out with a model 36 JC Higgins Semi-auto 22 rifle that is a sweetheart to shoot.

    We were both happy.
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