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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideeho View Post
    Itís an easy build process Hereís my recommended steps:

    1. Tequila
    2. Bid low never expecting to win
    3. Receive winning bid notification, then ask yourself WTF have I done.
    4. Make payment without wife noticing. (Felt like I was money laundering)
    5. Receive gun then get pissed off at S&W for poor quality control on a high end project.
    6. Decide thereís no turning back
    7. Research parts options and YouTube for instructional videos.
    8. Do the work.
    9. Test and adjust
    10.More tequila for victory celebration.
    Give wife Tequila before she sees gun, credit card statement etc....
    Be Aware-Stay Safe. Gunfighting Is A Thinking Man's Game. So We Might Want To Bring thinking Back Into It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideeho View Post
    Itís an easy build process Hereís my recommended steps:

    1. Tequila
    2. Bid low never expecting to win
    3. Receive winning bid notification, then ask yourself WTF have I done.
    4. Make payment without wife noticing. (Felt like I was money laundering)
    5. Receive gun then get pissed off at S&W for poor quality control on a high end project.
    6. Decide thereís no turning back
    7. Research parts options and YouTube for instructional videos.
    8. Do the work.
    9. Test and adjust
    10.More tequila for victory celebration.

    Other than I started with gin, I have made it to step 5. I am waiting on a replacement yolk screw. When I disassembled for cleaning and lock removal, I found the factory screw was broken.



    I have a LCR 9 that has become my constant companion. When I got it, I tested for bullet pull and as long as I use decent ammo, I have not found pull to be a problem. The only way I got any that was significant was to use hot reloads that I did not crimp. The recoil from 147s is less obnoxious than 357 out of my SP101. I could imagine that that big honking N frame is pretty tame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazy Dane View Post
    Other than I started with gin, I have made it to step 5. I am waiting on a replacement yolk screw. When I disassembled for cleaning and lock removal, I found the factory screw was broken.



    I have a LCR 9 that has become my constant companion. When I got it, I tested for bullet pull and as long as I use decent ammo, I have not found pull to be a problem. The only way I got any that was significant was to use hot reloads that I did not crimp. The recoil from 147s is less obnoxious than 357 out of my SP101. I could imagine that that big honking N frame is pretty tame.
    Please allow me to encourage you to complete all 10 steps--even with gin you'll love what you built.

    For the record, the 986 is an L-frame, a cousin to S&W's 686+ seven shot 357. S&W specs it at 31.4 ounces. I think the TK Custom hammer brought it closer to 30 ounces. Here's a pic of my two of my carry guns. I think I'll name them Logic and Emotion. The 986 is about 3 ounces heavier, but carries smaller because of the rounded butt and short barrel.

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    Not to hijack your thread Hideeho.

    03RN had a Last Glass Of Whiskey Thread in the Revolver Forum showing the results of Inebriated Gun Broker Shopping. I think we need to start a thread and sticky it showing the results of our efforts. I'm sure that we could all contribute an example or two. Not that I condone that sort of irresponsible behavior... I would however be able to contribute an example or two...
    Be Aware-Stay Safe. Gunfighting Is A Thinking Man's Game. So We Might Want To Bring thinking Back Into It.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDFA View Post
    Not to hijack your thread Hideeho.

    03RN had a Last Glass Of Whiskey Thread in the Revolver Forum showing the results of Inebriated Gun Broker Shopping. I think we need to start a thread and sticky it showing the results of our efforts. I'm sure that we could all contribute an example or two. Not that I condone that sort of irresponsible behavior... I would however be able to contribute an example or two...
    IGBS Syndrome. Thatís a great name for my condition. Thanks for giving me a medical term i can use on my wife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDFA View Post
    Not to hijack your thread Hideeho.

    03RN had a Last Glass Of Whiskey Thread in the Revolver Forum showing the results of Inebriated Gun Broker Shopping. I think we need to start a thread and sticky it showing the results of our efforts. I'm sure that we could all contribute an example or two. Not that I condone that sort of irresponsible behavior... I would however be able to contribute an example or two...
    The hall of shame/fame/blame of the enabled. I would be a multiple member. 😂😬🙁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideeho View Post
    IGBS Syndrome. Thatís a great name for my condition. Thanks for giving me a medical term i can use on my wife.
    I started a IGBS Thread in the Gallery Forum. Now we can all step up and confront our condition head on... lol
    Be Aware-Stay Safe. Gunfighting Is A Thinking Man's Game. So We Might Want To Bring thinking Back Into It.

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    Update 1

    After the first session, where the front sight shifted to left, I peened the sight to get a better fit. Went to the range today, 35 rounds in and the sight was almost off the left side. I'm trying Loctite 638 to secure sight. Will let you know results. Be forewarned, a new piece of info I learned, there are not many front sight replacement choices for the 986 2.5". S&W makes revolvers with standardized pinned front sights or DX interchangeable sights. The 986 2.5 is neither, so custom fitment will be my next move if Loctite 638 doesn't fix problem.

    On another note, I threw out the POS plastic case that came with gun. S&W, if your listening, your blue cardboard boxes are nicer than your "Performance Center" cases. The gray foamed line plastic case is emblematic of all that's wrong with your company. The latches are cheap and the fitment is loose. How much cheaper can you get putting cheap latches on a cheap box? And if you can't get a simple plastic box right, how do you expect to properly manufacture a mechanical piece like a revolver?

    I still say buy the gun, but be prepared to put another $450-$500 into making better. It will be a sweet shooter, not because of S&W, because of the $$$ and effort you put in to make it better.

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    From his "M&P 340 conditioning" thread.


    Originally Posted by OlongJohnson View Post
    Where I've arrived is an understanding that any of them is basically an almost-ready-to-shoot gun kit. It's assembled at the factory because that's the easiest way to ensure all the parts are included in the box and keep them organized. It also helps with pre-transfer inspection. But the gun is not ready to go into service until someone qualified has gone through it and inspected every piece, corrected any defects, eliminated characteristics that will lead to excess wear, and done some basic deburring as needed so it looks better and feels better in the hand.

    Sigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hideeho View Post
    I wish S&W would sell stripped revolver frames so shooters could build better guns.
    Can S&W up their game enough to get to an 80% frame? If they can, we need TK Custom to work a deal like Langdon has with Beretta.
    "Gunfighting is a thinking man's game. So we might want to bring thinking back into it."-MDFA

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