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Old 07-29-2020, 10:19 PM   #1
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New S&W 686 with an issue

A friend just got a new S&W 686 so we took it to the range to try it out.
When loaded, it repeatedly froze on one chamber—you couldn’t pull the trigger nor cock the hammer.
In order to fire you had to open the cylinder and advance to the next chamber by hand.
This only occurred when the revolver was loaded—empty you could dry fire all seven chambers repeatedly.

The range master thought it just needed wearing in, but I’m skeptical —does he want my friend to dry fire until there is an improvement? How else does one wear in a revolver that won’t index?
If it were mine I’d send it back to S&W. At present it is worthless for HD, which was the reason for it’s purchase in the first place.

Has anyone else had this problem with new S&W 686s?
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Old 07-30-2020, 02:23 PM   #2
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Sounds as though one of the charge holes was drilled incorrectly, and that cartridge sets proud locking the cylinder against the recoil shield. If so, the "bad" charge hole should be easy to locate.
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