Years ago when guns were a lot cheaper and I had a lot less gray I bought a Smith & Wesson 686 Classic Hunter. I was living in the small town of Franklin, New Hampshire at the time and purchased it from a tiny gun shop in town. I believe I paid $280 for it. Man, those were the days.
If unfamiliar the 686 Classic Hunter is a .357 Magnum revolver with a 6″ barrel. The cylinder is unfluted and grips are fully wrapped Hogue. Fully adjustable sights gave an excellent sight picture and the single action trigger was…well…..a hair trigger. Pulling double action was silky smooth but the single action was just incredible.
I spent many a days in the New Hampshire woods carrying the .357 Classic Hunter. Incredibly accurate and revolver-reliable, I kept a couple of speed loaders on my belt or in my pocket. Often I would drive two miles down the road outside my apartment to the “sand pits” where I would shoot. At around 75 yards I could make a one-gallon milk jug unhappy 3-4 out of 5 shots. The gun was always capable – sometimes I was not.
It is amazing the connection we can have with a gun. I have sold off more guns than I care to remember. Many I wish I had kept. I do not remember why I sold it. I am sure I was hard up for money or had something else at the time I felt like I needed more. With age comes wisdom. The S&W 686 Classic Hunter is but one I wish I still had strapped to my belt. I have looked to replace it but it is out of my price range now.
Ghost guns from the past. I bet each of us have a few.
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