Camxxxx

10-Apr-2016 01:54 by 7 Comments

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I'm searching for a Round Butt model because I have a growing collection of RB grips that I'd like to be able to switch between my K-frame 617 and the L-frame 686. UPDATE: More research seems to indicate that 686-4's with serial #'s in the CBCxxx to CBNxxx (+) range are Round Butt.

- 686-4 Round Butt Conversion Grip Began in August 1996 with the "CBC" Prefix.A picture to illustrate: left-to-right: Round butt (S&W 15-7, made in August or September 1997) Square butt (S&W 686-1, made between July 1987 and December 1987) Round butt (S&W 14-6, made in August or September 1997) Square butt (S&W 14-5, made in October 1993) In the foreground is a set of Hogue grips for a K/L-frame round-butt (note the rubber would cover the bottom third of the grip frame).You could do that, too--serial numbers in 1996 and later started with CAMxxxx, though there are exceptions (CLS was in 1995, SDE was in 1994, TWT was in 1986).There will probably be some overlap here, with some 1996 686s having square-butt frames.(source: Smith & Wesson 686-4 not 66 4" SS NIB S&W "MINT" : Revolvers at Gun Broker.com) - Both the 686-4 RB in that GB listing and dma1's 686+ -4 have CBN serial numbers... Unless I'm on the wrong track, postings indicate that at some point during the Dash 4 production run, S&W changed the frame from Square Butt to Round Butt (? If this is correct, can anyone comment on when this change actually occurred?Sure is: if the grips have a square-butt profile, look at the backstrap.

If the whole backstrap is exposed, almost all the way down to the bottom of the grips, it's a square-butt.

If the grip covers the bottom third of the backstrap, it's a round-butt.

Unfortunately, I'm finding that it's not as 'simple' as asking the gun's owner.

Unless I'm on the wrong track, postings indicate that at some point during the Dash 4 production run, S&W changed the frame from Square Butt to Round Butt (? If this is correct, can anyone comment on when this change actually occurred?

Many will claim a SB, when the gun could very well be an RB with an RB--SB Conversion Grip on it.

Is there some way to distinguish the two, short of physically removing the grips from the frame (e.g., Serial Number)?