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Old August 18, 2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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New 686

Does anyone have any experience with the new Smith 586/686? I am considering buying one but would like to hear some first hand experiences regarding fit, finish, accuracy etc.
I understand they have a lock and the old versus new pricing and all that. Just looking for some reports on the new guns.

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Old August 18, 2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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I recently got a 4" 686, I ran 200 rounds of 38 spl & .357 mag. As expected it's well built & accurate. Going to run another 200 of my reloads on my next rdo.
Btw I can't stand the safety lock.
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Old August 18, 2012, 10:51 AM   #3
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They may not have the fit and finish of older ones, and some really hate MIM & The Lock, but they generally shoot great - at least as good as the older ones, IME.

FWIW, my main IDPA gun is a newer 686 and it's been shot really hard, and it's still very accurate and reliable. No complaints from me.
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Old August 18, 2012, 02:48 PM   #4
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I bought a new 686+ 4" a few months ago and I like it. No complaints with the fit and finish. I put some Ahrends grips on and it's a nice looking gun.

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Old August 18, 2012, 03:50 PM   #5
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I have a newer 686+ with the lock on it, it hasn't caused a problem, have a 642 and a 625 with the locks. The guns have other problems but the lock is just there. All three are just as accurate as the older revolvers but don't have the fit and finish of the older revolvers. There are a lot of used revolvers for sale. I just bought a model 15-3, not like new but very nice for 365.00. I have an older 586 that's a real shooter, used it for IDPA with a Kydex holster so it isn't pretty any more but it may be my favorite for shooting.
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Old August 18, 2012, 04:00 PM   #6
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I have put several thousand rounds of 357 and even more of 38spl in my 4" 686+. Shoots great! Very accurate! Love shooting it. The weight helps soak up recoil from heavy hot loads and the Houge grips feel great to me! Zero problems.....
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Old August 18, 2012, 06:32 PM   #7
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I have about 25 S&W revolvers...all older models ( 19's, 27's, 28's, 66's, 686's in .357 mag ) .....and I prefer them ...but there is nothing wrong with the newer versions. I've seen the newer versions go thru thousands of rounds in the rental my local range..they hold up just fine.
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Old August 18, 2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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Funny you mention the 686. My local shop has had a 686 no dash sitting in the display case for the past month. Nice looking gun with tight lockup. I'm surprised it's still there to be honest. I have a feeling that the next time I stop there it might just find a new home
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Old August 19, 2012, 02:05 AM   #9
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New, stock, 4 inch one.
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Old August 19, 2012, 05:25 AM   #10
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I have a 6" 686+ and it is a fine weapon. I think the fit and finish are just a good as on my older S&Ws, but I only have 6 of those to compare it with. People get their panties twisted over the lock, but it is easy to remove/immobilize.
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Old August 19, 2012, 06:11 AM   #11
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There have been way too many complaints about S&W's current lack of quality control. If buying in person, be sure to check that the barrel is not cockeyed this one is. Hope for the best if you have one shipped.
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Old August 19, 2012, 08:02 AM   #12
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Thanks for the input guys, I have several old pinned barrel K-frames and enjoy them a great deal. I am looking for a new gun that I can play with some heavier loads with and give the older guns a little milder life. Sounds like the new 686's are just the ticket if you get to inspect before you buy.

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Old August 19, 2012, 09:39 AM   #13
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Fine weapon

Mike ,I too have a 4" 686 shoot great a tack driver, I like it so much I am planning on getting the 3" model for daily carry.I don't normally recommend a gun to someone but I have no problem saying the 686 is well worth the money and I think you will enjoy shooting it.
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