S&W 586 - any good?


Sleeping Dog
September 20, 2005, 08:23 AM
I saw a S&W 586 for sale. It seemed in good shape, thought didn't run through all the paces in the sticky post. About a 4" barrel, blued finish.

What is this thing? K-frame, N-frame?

Are they generally a quality model?

I know nothing about revolvers. I couldn't fine a 586 on S&W's web site, maybe an obsolete model?


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September 20, 2005, 08:36 AM
The 586/686 is on the S&W L-Frame. In my opinion the 586/686 is a top pick for a .357 magnum revolver. The L frames are my favorite size for the .357 mag. I believe the 586 has been discontinued, and the stainless 686 is the only option currently available.

September 20, 2005, 08:37 AM
Superb gun. As Irecall, the 586 is the blued version of the 686. I have a 686 and it is a great fun gun to shoot and very accurate. If the price were right, you won't be disappointed. (Well, even if the price is not "right", it still is a nice gun!)

September 20, 2005, 09:02 AM
L-Frame S&W. Frame size between N & K. Grip frame same as K frame. The 686 is a stainless version of the 586. They are great sixguns. My choice for a DA 357.

September 20, 2005, 09:54 AM
is one of the best .357 Magnums ever made (IMHO).

Here's my 6" 586 no-dash:


My first revolver (was my dad's), I learned how to shoot with this gun and I still shoot it.

Everything else in my collection will be sold before I part with it.


September 20, 2005, 09:59 AM
The only difference is the 5 series is blued. Nice guns. A little heavier than the 19/66 series, but more likely to hold up to a steady diet of full power magnum loads.

September 20, 2005, 11:11 AM
Get it -- one of the top 2 or 3 .357mag wheelguns of all time.

September 20, 2005, 12:02 PM
I have a 6" 586 no dash with Pachmayr grips. It has been an excellent weapon for the 19 years that I have owned it. It is a hoot to shoot and very accurate.

September 20, 2005, 01:29 PM
One of the best, optimized for longevity of .357 shooting (compared to K frame) and the DA trigger pull is the best of S&Ws. Why haven't you bought it yet.

September 20, 2005, 02:55 PM
Seiously, one of the best guns ever made. And they dont make it blued (586) anymore. if its a reasonable price i would snap it up.

September 20, 2005, 06:52 PM
The 586 and the the 686 are awesome revolvers, I love mine

September 20, 2005, 11:38 PM
My first handgun was a 6" 586 manufactured in the early 80s. It is an awesome handgun. Smooth as butter, very accurate and well-balanced, and fine looking. And it is pretty rugged.

I still have it and I shoot it whenever I can-- usually along with my H&K USP .45.

Snap that baby up!

September 20, 2005, 11:49 PM
A 686 was my first handgn purchase, ever. S&W always had the edge with smooth triggers. With the 586/686, they have a revo that will handle the stoutest of .357mag loads.

A 686/586 with a 4" bbl is likely the most versatile handgun made, IMHO.

Ala Dan
September 21, 2005, 09:21 AM
I'm on my second stainless S&W model 686, and I'm here to tell you this gun
(along with the model 586) are some mighty fine .357 magnums. :) My first
686 was a very early production 4" barrel version; and my newest 686 is a
6 incher~! You gotta luv 'em. :D

September 21, 2005, 12:41 PM
I agree with the others and think the 585/686 is the best all around handgun anyone could decide to own. Accurate, reliable and durable pretty much sums up the 586 and they're not bad lookin either.

Purple Sage
September 23, 2005, 02:16 PM
Very good handgun........ :)

September 23, 2005, 04:19 PM
In the sage words of the Kool-Aid man:


I've got a no-dash 686 that has the best double action trigger pull I have ever felt. Plus, it groups like a target pistol. Fantastic guns. There is no reason the 586 wouldn't be every bit as nice.

September 23, 2005, 06:16 PM
I got one when they were relatively new, it's a keeper.

September 24, 2005, 06:08 AM
pretty much the best thing you can get short of a N frame gun there

September 24, 2005, 12:59 PM
I have a 586-1 and as all the above very accurate smooth and a great trigger.


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