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Old 03-23-2008, 06:54 AM   #1
 
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686-5 Trigger Problem?

I purchased a used 686-5 at auction. I believe it had been a Pistol Range Rental Gun. It cleaned up very nice and was pronounced in good condition by a local gun smith.

However, if you dry fire the revolver single action, as the hammer drops, the trigger jumps forward about a quarter of an inch. The trigger return tension seems to be heavier that the trigger release weight. The trigger weight appears to be around 3 lbs. When firing the revolver with .38's or .357's you don't notice the trigger because of the recoil.

None of my other revolvers act this way. Is this a problem, or is this just the way a 686 is?

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Old 05-14-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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I own a 686 no dash, a 686-3, and a 686-5 Mountain Gun. NONE of them exhibit this condition, nor do any of my other S&W revolvers.
 
Old 05-14-2010, 03:26 PM   #3
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Without havin' the gun on the bench...it sounds like a sprung sideplate. Usually the result of somebody prying it loose with a screwdriver instead of tapping on the grip frame to release it. Look for burrs around the edges as a sign. I've seen a couple of NIB Bangor Punta era guns with warped plates do the same thing, and had an early M13 once with a sprung plate that did it every time the trigger was pulled in single action mode. I had a Model 29 that would do it if the trigger was pulled as slowly as possible...but not if pulled even a hair quicker. I really had to try to get it to happen.

The usual fix is to spring it in the other direction...which takes knowing how hard and where to hit it...and stone the boss to relieve the uneven contact...but first, take it to a good revolver smith and make sure that it's actually sprung.

Under no circumstances remove the sideplate and cycle the action.

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Old 05-14-2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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JohnnyT: To quote John Wayne, "You're just spittin' out words to see where they splatter!"

Weren't really trying to give an answer to a two-plus year old question was ya? Just like to read yer own typin'?
 
Old 05-14-2010, 07:41 PM   #5
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2 years old? Then why was it on top?

Somebody needs to tweak this forum...

Bad...

'Course, it might help somebody else on down the road...
 
Old 05-15-2010, 03:59 PM   #6
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2 years old? Then why was it on top?...
It was on top because OEJ posted to it recently.
 
Old 05-15-2010, 05:26 PM   #7
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Why, yes! Yes he did. So, it was Joe who brung it outta the mothballs.

Well...I see an unanswered question and I answer it. Too late to help wlambert...but maybe it'll be of some benefit to somebody.

Onward...
 
Old 05-15-2010, 08:31 PM   #8
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I appreciated your answer, JT. Might run into this someday.
 
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