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Old 03-22-2012, 07:22 PM
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Smith and Wesson model 681




I am looking at a Smith and Wesson Model 681 currently for 435 shipped. Sell claims to have only fired 100 rounds through it. It is stainless. Is this a good deal? Is it double and single action?
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:31 PM
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I am looking at a Smith and Wesson Model 681 currently for 435 shipped. Sell claims to have only fired 100 rounds through it. It is stainless. Is this a good deal? Is it double and single action?
The 581's and 681's were an early fixed sight version of the 586/686's. Virtually all S&W revolvers are double-action (including this one).
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:33 PM
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The L frames with fixed sights are really high quality revolvers. They're absolutely utilitarian; nothing the shooter doesn't need. If you do shooting out further than 25 yards, you may want adjustable sights. However, that's a personal preference.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:45 PM
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The S&W 681 is one of my all time favorite models and getting a nice and affordable pre-lock Smith is getting hard these days.
I had to settle on an old 686....same thing with adjustable sights.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:14 AM
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Good deal on a great sixgun. There were only 68,000 681's made, IIRC.

My favorite L-frame. Its evident there won't be anymore as nice as the 681, at least from S&W anyway.

Buy it, shoot it, love it! Good luck! Regards 18DAI
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:27 AM
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The S&W 681 is one of my all time favorite models and getting a nice and affordable pre-lock Smith is getting hard these days.
I had to settle on an old 686....same thing with adjustable sights.
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:28 PM
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I have a 4" 581 and the thing is accurate and looks nice.

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Old 03-23-2012, 07:22 PM
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It's a great buy.
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:14 PM
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run back and get it...

That is a great price. I bought mine and paid $600 but it was old new stock. The last one the owner had. It reminds me of the muscle cars from the 70's. Built like a tank and will shot magnums all day long. I almost feel bad shooting 38 spls thru it as there is hardly no recoil. Here is mine.

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Old 03-24-2012, 02:19 PM
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A 6" 581 is on my list. Always like the looks and heavy-dutiness!
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:20 PM
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you can take it off your list...

the 581/681 was never made in a 6 inch barrel. They were only made in the 4 inch. But that would have made for an interesting revolver. Now the 586/686 yes it was made with a 6 inch also a 8 3/8.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:55 PM
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Dang i want a 6" fixed sight 7 shot pre lock p&r no mim s&w. Is that too much to ask?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:23 PM
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Dang i want a 6" fixed sight 7 shot pre lock p&r no mim s&w. Is that too much to ask?
Yes.
(they weren't 7 shot, nor were they pinned & recessed, either)
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:54 AM
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Well, with enough money anything is possible.

If you could find a nice 681, I'm quite sure any custom shop would make you a 6 inch barrel and fit a 7-shot cylinder to it.

Check over on the S&W forum. A fella there bulged the 4 inch full lug barrel on his VERY rare 14-6. He sent the barrel off to some custom shop and they made him an identical match grade barrel - sans roll marks of course.

Or you could just buy a 6 inch 686 barrel off Gunbroker and have a local shop machine off the front sight and dovetail a new one. Good luck!

Hope this helps! Regards 18DAI
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:09 AM
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I prefer a nice highly visible rear sight myself.
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