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Old 01-03-2009, 5:41 AM
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Default S&W 4inch 686 Grip Question (for mom)

Bought my mom a 4inch S&W 686, 6 round capacity for Xmas. The revolver came with some wood grips that are pretty good. Also with some hogue grips.

I think she could still use slightly smaller grips. She has a light arthritic condition so the smaller grips and the trigger job I am going to have done should help out a lot.

Any grips that you gals would recommend for it?

Links to retailers selling your recomeded grips would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2009, 11:09 AM
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nice present!

no suggestion other than to say that the 686 is just to darn big for my hand no matter what grip. i do think i've seen some grips advertised online as having a slimmer profile but i don't remember where. i'm sure you could get something custom made also.

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Old 01-14-2009, 12:22 PM
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nice present!

no suggestion other than to say that the 686 is just to darn big for my hand no matter what grip. i do think i've seen some grips advertised online as having a slimmer profile but i don't remember where. i'm sure you could get something custom made also.

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May I ask what handgun you prefer that fits your hand?
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:44 PM
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nice present!

no suggestion other than to say that the 686 is just to darn big for my hand no matter what grip. i do think i've seen some grips advertised online as having a slimmer profile but i don't remember where. i'm sure you could get something custom made also.

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Yep, just too heavy. The grips can be reduced, especially if you have a round-butt version... but it's just not worth it for most women who aren't regular shooters. My wife can barely get her hands around our 686-3, and when she lifts it onto target she looks like she's trying to balance an avil in her palms. She much prefers the Colt Detective.

I should add, though... if you call Hogue and tell them exactly what you want, they will built a wood grip to suit.

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My girlfriend found my 686-3 with stock grips too heavy. The grips are a little too wide for her but weight is the real issue.
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You could always find some vintage K-frame Magna grips (they'll fit on the 686) and add a Tyler T-grip to it.

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i found that a 4 inch model 66 k-frame square butt was perfectly balanced in my hand even with the original wood target grips. the model 60 j-frame round butt is a joy to shoot...snubbie. the model 19 snubbie is round butt and not as well balanced in my hand so i'm going to try other grips on it. all are .357's.

the 686 L-frame is just to bulky and hard to handle.

i love going to the range with my other guns though. my model 63 .22 is also a j-frame and a joy to shoot.

i think the 686 is a great revolver......but not for me. i rented it before i bought the model 60 and i just couldn't control it. i knew i wouldn't enjoy going to the range and practicing with something that i would have to constantly struggle with. with the j-and k-frames, i love going to the range!!!!!!! initially, i was worried about the model 66 4 inch barrel but i'm able to get my hand up high on the grip sort of under the hammer and its like the thing was made for me. the balance is perfect.

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Any grip that fits a square butt K-Frame or L-Frame
will fit your Mom's 686-3.

With regrets, I no longer have my 686-no dash.
I gave it to a favorite nephew as a gift.

I installed Pacymayr Grippers which are thinner than
the original wood stocks.

586L-Frame

Here is a picture of the pacymayr grips on my 586L-Frame 4".
My 586 L-Frame 4”.
[IMG][/IMG]

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:24 PM
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Regrets taken back!
I recently found and bought another S&W 686 4" L-Frame
Distinguished Combat Magnum.

Just finished cleaning her up and applied some polish.
I'm a happy camper again.

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DLCs S&W 686 L-Frame Polished.


[IMG][/IMG]

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She's a beaut all right, 586L-Frame.

The specs on the 686 4" 6-shot says at 40 ounces, it's an ounce heavier than the S&W 1911. I so want one now.
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l lust for 586L's 3913 family of pistols......

mz

ps now that i go to the range with my own guns, i'm wondering if i have learned how to grip better/well and would be able to handle the 686........may have to rent one again and find out!
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:50 AM
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I have a 4 inch S&W Model 686 one of the first mods was the pachmayer grips I have large hands not a ladies gun IMHO their hands are not big enough for this gun especially with the stock wooden grips. It is by far my favorite gun to shoot as far as my handguns go.
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I personally think model 686 no matter what barrel lenght or grip you put on it still too heavy per se to most women much worst if you have athritis problem. My wife bedside piece is a pre-lock S&W snub "j" frame 642 airweight with spiegel soft rubber boot grip. She shoot 110gr and loved it. Maybe you should try that flatform.
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Hi Mz,
If you can handle your S&W66 and a Colt 1911,
you should have no problem handling a S&W 686.

At 16, my daughter handled and shot my first 586
L-Frame 4" & 6" L-Frame with no problems.
The only difference between my 586's and my 686
is the finish.

With pacymayr's a small or medium size hand can
handle a 686 L-Frame, regardless of sex.

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i absolutely love my S&W M66.......the Colt is an officer's model so its a bit smaller 1911........but i'm now convinced i should try a 686. thanks all for the encouragement!

mz

ps i actually love the colt officer's .45acp.....i just don't like dealing with all the parts. revolvers really are just simpler to clean. i'm going to take an afternoon and just take apart and put back together again the colt officer's, time after time, just to get myself more adjusted to it.
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