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    Bravo357 is offline Junior Member
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    New to a .357 mag

    Hello guys I'm new here on this forum and new to this 357 mag I just got.
    The Gun is a Taurus 689 357 magnum I got from my mother in law. She told me the gun
    Hasn't been fired in 15 years and has been stored In a Briefecase since then. It wAs only fired on 2 new years.
    The revolver is like in brand new condition the stainless steel is very shiny there's
    Not a single scratch on the revolver. The wood grip is In great condition and looks new.
    According to the serial number it's a 1989 model.

    My question is since the gun has been stored for 15 years what precautions should I take on
    Firing it? Take it to a gun shop have it Inspected? Or clean it myself?
    And if someone knows more info on the gun would be great! And the value of
    This gun even though Im not gonna sell it.

    Here are some pics..








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    any way to find out the year the gun was made? the older the better, usually raises the value. and nice gun by the way. I myself have 2 1948 colt pythons. love em.

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    this gun is a shooter, not much collectors value to it. clean it and shoot it.

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    According to the serial it's a 1989 model. But my mother in law says Its older around 30. Ted That's what I plan on Doing just shoot it on the weekends with family and all.

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    It’s a high-powered revolver so have it checked out and clean it before you shoot it

    If something goes wrong it may take your hand with it so have it checked first

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    Yea that's what I'm gonna do I'm gonna take to my local shop and have em check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo357 View Post
    Yea that's what I'm gonna do I'm gonna take to my local shop and have em check it out.
    since you are new to this gun , lemme help you out a little.... your taurus 689 is basicly a copy of the smith and wesson 686 but with a vent rib.

    here is a video of a basic S&W revolver check out.
    Gunsmith - How to inspect a Smith & Wesson revolver - YouTube

    having owned my own shop, based on the pics posted, i would feel comfortable shooting this gun without any further inspection, but if you do the inspections on the video yourself, you can rest easily shooting it and gain some knowledge and confidence in your own ability to inspect a used revolver.

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    Wow thanks Ted, that video helped out alot I'm gonna do those inspections once i get back home. Thanks alot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tgodwin6890 View Post
    any way to find out the year the gun was made? the older the better, usually raises the value. and nice gun by the way. I myself have 2 1948 colt pythons. love em.
    They didn't make Colt Pythons until 1955.

    The Taurus 689 357 magnum is not a real collector value gun. I would clean it up good and enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    They didn't make Colt Pythons until 1955.

    The Taurus 689 357 magnum is not a real collector value gun. I would clean it up good and enjoy it.
    this fact makes the above pythons VERY collectable!

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    Clean it. SHOOT it.

    I had one and foolishly let it go on a trade.
    It was an awesome gun. Tight and accurate.

    It's an almost exact copy of a S&W.

    AFS

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