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Echidin
08-05-2011, 8:03 PM
Just put a S&W 686 Plus on layaway. I haven't even begun the DROSing process and yet l have a huge smile on my face. I've had a 686 on my mind for a few years now and for the longest time I just couldn't convince myself to spend that much money for fear of the repercussions from my wife, but that all changed yesterday when she gave me the okay. :D

I don't have any pictures of my own to post up yet and I probably won't for a couple weeks, but I didn't want to leave you guys hanging so here are a few random 686 pictures I found until then.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k174/yska08/SW686CS3.jpg
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/TwoSW686s05.jpg
http://www.homedefenseweapons.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Smith-Wesson-686-Plus-7-Round.jpg
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l195/papajohn428/Pops%20Guns/IMG_4017.jpg

XDRoX
08-05-2011, 8:11 PM
Congrats on one of the finest revolvers ever made. 686's kick ***. You're going to love it. How long's the barrel? Is it new or used?

I actually don't have 686 but will some day. I do have a 586 (same as a 686 just not stainless) and it's one of my favorite guns. Accurate as hell. The trigger is amazing.

Again, congrats.

shooting4life
08-05-2011, 8:15 PM
I have been wanting a 686-4+ with a 2.5 inch barrel. Will find one sooner or later.

trob
08-05-2011, 8:19 PM
I love my 2.5" 686+. My favorite pistol.

What barrel length did you get?

Echidin
08-05-2011, 8:21 PM
Thanks! I was looking at the 3 in. barrel, but decided on the 4 in. I decided to buy it new. I got tired of searching the for sale forum for a used one in my area.

SDM44
08-05-2011, 8:21 PM
Does S&W sell a blue 686+ with 2.5" barrel?

alex45auto
08-05-2011, 8:22 PM
Does S&W sell a blue 686+ with 2.5" barrel?

That woud be a no. 686s are stainless. The blue versions were 586.

Elsinore
08-05-2011, 8:27 PM
You will love it! I have a 686 with 6" barrel and it rocks!

XDRoX
08-05-2011, 8:30 PM
Thanks! I was looking at the 3 in. barrel, but decided on the 4 in. I decided to buy it new. I got tired of searching the for sale forum for a used one in my area.

4" is the perfect size. Good decision. It is hard to find used ones for a good reason:D

They're one of the best guns ever made!

capitol
08-05-2011, 8:34 PM
s&w 686's are sexy

a true hand cannon

DoubleB
08-05-2011, 8:43 PM
Congrats on your purchase! I am truly jealous.

A 686+ 4" is going to be the next handgun I buy! I have been looking for a used one but will likely go new once I save up the cash.

JTROKS
08-05-2011, 9:10 PM
My 6" 686+ is a very good shooter. It's accurate, action is smooth and pretty.

owenriquez
08-05-2011, 9:20 PM
I got a 686 6" barrel, i got it new in 1987 and still loving it. Only got 600- rounds down the pipe:61:

Echidin
08-05-2011, 9:43 PM
Does anyone use or have the intention of using their 686 as a hiking/trail/backpacking gun? I plan on taking mine with me on backpacking trips. There is just something about hiking in the mountains with a wheelgun on your hip that I can't describe.

bsg
08-05-2011, 9:47 PM
congratulations on your S&W.

gigante
08-05-2011, 10:10 PM
Congrats and great choice. When I open the safe to choose what's coming to the range with me that day, my 3" always comes along. Just a pleasure to shoot.

scarville
08-06-2011, 12:47 AM
The L-frame S&W is, for my hand, nearly the perfect balance between size and strength and the 686 is the best of breed. I have one with a 6" bbl two with a 3" bbl (one of which my wife has made her gun) and I plan to get a 4" bbl in the near future.

http://www.heronforge.net/blog/686P-3.bbl.jpg

The 3" pictured above is my favorite woods and desert gun.

loosewreck
08-06-2011, 1:08 AM
Congrats man, you won't regret it. I love my 6" 686+. Thing is so much fun to shoot with .357 or .38sp. Careful, you'll be sending a bill or two on grips shortly.

porky
08-06-2011, 9:03 AM
I have a 6" barrel 686+- its fantastic, but I have been waiting to find a 4 for so long that I keep being tempted to cut the 6 down to a 5 or 4!

JTROKS
08-06-2011, 9:28 AM
Finding the right holster to pack your 6" 686 is the key. If you plan to holster it strong side then I suggest evening the weight with a couple of speed strips or speedloaders full of ammo and maybe a water canteen. A shoulder holster is another option.

t0kie
08-06-2011, 9:34 AM
Thanks! I was looking at the 3 in. barrel, but decided on the 4 in. I decided to buy it new. I got tired of searching the for sale forum for a used one in my area.

Great choice. 4" is the most balance. I have the 2.5" & always want to buy the 4" to make it pair, well someday :)

Now, here's mine (hope you don't mind):
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/686%20Plus/IMG_4229.jpg

CessnaDriver
08-06-2011, 10:42 AM
Just picked one up myself.

Must be some kind of crazy 686 fever going around. LOL

bsg
08-06-2011, 10:45 AM
Thanks! I was looking at the 3 in. barrel, but decided on the 4 in. I decided to buy it new. I got tired of searching the for sale forum for a used one in my area.


of all the barrel lengths, imo the 4" provides the best balance for the shooter. i believe you'll agree.

trob
08-06-2011, 11:26 AM
Great choice. 4" is the most balance. I have the 2.5" & always want to buy the 4" to make it pair, well someday :)

Now, here's mine (hope you don't mind):
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f38/t0kie/686%20Plus/IMG_4229.jpg

of all the barrel lengths, imo the 4" provides the best balance for the shooter. i believe you'll agree.

Have you guys ever held the 2.5" version with the round-to-square but conversion grip? I sold my 4" 686 because the balance on this 2.5" was just as good if not better with the square butt on there. that grip is essential for me, its great.



Does anyone use or have the intention of using their 686 as a hiking/trail/backpacking gun? I plan on taking mine with me on backpacking trips. There is just something about hiking in the mountains with a wheelgun on your hip that I can't describe.

thats what I use mine for. i hunt by the border quite a bit, so i usually carry my 2.5" 686+:

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s51/trob500/68625.jpg

Kodemonkey
08-06-2011, 11:33 AM
Nice choice, the 4" is good for drawing from a holster. I've had the combat action job done by SW performance center. But, to be honest any good wheelgun smith can do a nice trigger job on it. My wife and I agree that if we ever have to sell any guns the last one on our list will be our 686P.

Here's a pic of mine:

http://tapatalk.com/mu/6297f327-89a3-1bd5.jpg

http://tapatalk.com/mu/6297f327-89db-e5ea.jpg

JTROKS
08-06-2011, 12:07 PM
Here's a pic of mine:

http://tapatalk.com/mu/6297f327-89a3-1bd5.jpg

http://tapatalk.com/mu/6297f327-89db-e5ea.jpg

Nice! Those grips sure looks nice! Who makes those grips?

richie3888
08-06-2011, 12:39 PM
So what's the difference between 686 and 686+. Does the 686+ let you hold another round?

t0kie
08-06-2011, 1:04 PM
So what's the difference between 686 and 686+. Does the 686+ let you hold another round?

Yup, the "+" holds 7 round

CessnaDriver
08-06-2011, 1:30 PM
I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet.
But with a laser boresighter the sights were off.
My Sig and H&K were fine from the factory in that regard.

Does S&W zero sights at the factory? or just do a grouping test and send it out the door?

Voo
08-07-2011, 3:58 AM
First gun I ever purchased was the 686+ sometime back in the mid 90's.. Such a beautiful firearm. It's one gun I'm never going to sell..

den888
08-07-2011, 7:18 AM
686's are awesome!

Dhena81
08-07-2011, 1:59 PM
What sparked my interest in the 686+ was watching Hickok45 video I really would like to get the 3"

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CessnaDriver
08-07-2011, 2:43 PM
Been practicing learning some new skills....



Massad Ayoob Demonstrates the "Stressfire" reload for the Revolver http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXUwI_d8JlA

Kodemonkey
08-08-2011, 11:14 AM
Nice! Those grips sure looks nice! Who makes those grips?

Thanks. It's a Badger custom:

http://www.badgercustomgrips.com/smith_and_wesson_pistol_grips.php

I actually bought them because the clearance on the factory Hogue grip for a speedloader is kind of tight. I would always get the HKS loaders stuck because of the rubber. These are very comfortable for me, but not a bunch of fun if you are going to shoot magnum loads all day. But when shooting IDPA they work great on 38 special.

themailman
08-08-2011, 2:56 PM
The first large frame revolver I shot was a 6" 686 loaded with 7rds of 38spl. I shot it in single action at 15 yds and was shocked to see that nearly every shot touched. I was amazed to say the least.

NoJoke
08-09-2011, 8:39 AM
Got my turners magazine yesterday. It shows the 686 (7 shot) on sale from aug 12 thru sept 15. Sizes 2.5, 4 & 6. $749.98

Maybe its time to consider one! :D