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Old June 19, 2014, 07:23 PM   #26
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Three for Me

I have three 686's. They're exceptional guns. As good as any regular production revolver you're going to find.

My 3" barrel is a 7-shot. I put bantam style grips on it and I carry it. Of my three carry guns, it is my 686 that I feel most confident with.

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Old June 19, 2014, 07:29 PM   #27
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I had a 686-4. Great gun, but I never shot it much. Had to sell it because I needed the money to pay off some vet bills.
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Old June 19, 2014, 08:15 PM   #28
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I have a no dash 2 1/2" with the factory combat grips. Sweet guns!
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Old June 19, 2014, 11:02 PM   #29
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I love the 586/686 series. I gravitate more towards blued guns though, so I have a couple of 586's. Here's a picture of them together.
The 6" is a tack driver, the 4" is in the process of being sorted out, but right now it sits in my hand perfectly with the round butt and grips.


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Old June 20, 2014, 03:26 AM   #30
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S&W 686, it's one oft the best guns I ever had.
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Old June 20, 2014, 05:26 AM   #31
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Hindsight is a killer; I bought two beautiful 586s in the 80s (a 4" and a 6"), but incurred an on-the-job injury that gave me a severe case of tennis elbow in both arms. For years I couldn't hold either gun with one hand, so I sold them in the mid 90s. Eventually my elbows have gotten back to where I can reasonably hold heavy-framed handguns with one hand, and I sure am kicking myself now. All I can say, though, is that tendon injuries literally take years to heal.

(In a completely unrelated news story, it's also why I sold my Python.)
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Old June 20, 2014, 06:37 AM   #32
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Love the way my K frame 65-5 3" sits in my hand
Just found out that the L Frames have the same grips as the K frames ( at least I believe that to be correct )
Just bought a GP 100
If I had known that the 686 would fit like my 65-5 I probably would have shelled the extra $$ for a 686 over the GP100
I love the GP100 but it would be more practical having both DA revolvers fit the same in my grip
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Old June 20, 2014, 08:24 AM   #33
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Everyone should have one.
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Old June 20, 2014, 11:16 AM   #34
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My 6" 686 PowerPort is hands-down my most favorite revolver. For your purposes, I would not hesitate to carry a 4" version - go with either 6 or 7 shot, doesn't matter. Buy it, enjoy it, and shoot the heck out of it!
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Old June 20, 2014, 07:29 PM   #35
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S&W 686 are the best revolvers that I have owned. I prefer the 4" 7 shot.
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Old June 21, 2014, 11:26 AM   #36
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I regularly shoot a 4" no-dash 686 in IDPA SSR division. I expect it to outlast me ....
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Old June 21, 2014, 03:45 PM   #37
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I have a 6" plus and I love having 7 rounds. Love to shoot 38 specials thru it. It's a good family gun for the kids to shoot and learn on.
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Old June 21, 2014, 04:41 PM   #38
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I have a 2-1/2" 686 plus - actually it is my carry weapon. Sometimes a little difficult to dress around, but I really don't notice it much. Good holster helps a lot.
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Old June 21, 2014, 05:06 PM   #39
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Have a 6" 586 & 4" 686, both fine revolvers & keepers.
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Old June 21, 2014, 09:27 PM   #40
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I have a 686+ no lock. Its a fine revolver with an excellent trigger out of the box. IMO the 4" barrel is best in terms of balance & quick handling. Ive concealed carried mine at times. It all comes down to getting the right holster (and your body build).
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Old June 21, 2014, 10:38 PM   #41
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Good guns, no doubt. I've hunted with them and carried them on duty. I'm a big fan.

But, for a camping gun, I'd go lighter, like the 4.2 inch SP101. That's my hiking/camping gun now, and I think it hits all the right buttons. It is a very task-specific gun. I would still CC or duty carry my 686 if I hadn't sold it like a fool. But, alas...
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Old June 22, 2014, 01:02 PM   #42
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I have a 686-4 with 6" barrel and 7 round cylinder.
Like everyone says. Great, reliable pistol.
You can't go wrong buying.
Off topic, I also have it's twin, the .22, 617-1.
What a beautiful pair of pistols to have in a collection.

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Old June 22, 2014, 01:13 PM   #43
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I have the ssr version. It has the smoothest trigger out of everything I currently own. I haven't shot a regular one before but if it's anything like the one I have, everyone should hop on
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Old June 22, 2014, 03:58 PM   #44
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Just a flat out great gun for either target shooting or hunting.

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Old June 22, 2014, 08:32 PM   #45
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I have 6, 686's, and 4 586's no problems.
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Old June 22, 2014, 09:24 PM   #46
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I have a 686-1 that I bought in the late 1980's:


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Old June 22, 2014, 10:18 PM   #47
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Sweet looking gun.

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Old June 22, 2014, 11:24 PM   #48
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@Eric M. - I did the same thing - saw a 6" 617 10-shot at an NRA Pistol class, shot it, and the little man inside my head started screaming "THAT'D GO GREAT WITH THE 686! I NEED A 6" 617- NOW!" and wasn't silenced 'til I got one. Not sure if anyone else experiences that, but it sure makes it hard to concentrate on pretty much anything else.
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Old June 23, 2014, 01:48 AM   #49
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I love mine. There is a serious issue with 686, once you get one you want more.
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Old June 23, 2014, 06:58 PM   #50
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Here are 2 of mine. Not shown is my 4" 686SSR.


When pressed into target duty:


Mainly what they're used for:




My 686 in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNFerCV3W4Y


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