Which would you rather buy? S&W 14-3 6inch or a 586-3 six inch


October 29, 2007, 05:42 PM
I have a chance to buy one or the other, they are both pristine condition. THe 586 has the box but the 14 doesn't. Same money for either. I can't make up my mind.

I believe the 14 is probably more collectable.

Like I said, they are both flawless.

need to make up my mind fast as I know they won't last long in the shop where they are at.


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October 29, 2007, 05:51 PM
Personally, I would buy the 14-3. It's great fun at the range and is a great small game gun. The .357 option would be nice, but I've never been a fan of the full underlug guns. I'm not into collecting, but I do love shooting accurate .38's.

What are you planning on doing with this revolver? If just using as a range gun, the 14-3 would be great. It would work well hunting small game. The 586 has the added versatility of the .357 mag. I think that either is a bit big to go packing around the woods all day (at least on my hip.) Both will do well at the range.

October 29, 2007, 05:58 PM
L frames don't turn me on much. I'd get the 14.

Black Knight
October 29, 2007, 06:22 PM
Since I already have a 4" 686 I would choose the model 14. A 6" model 14 would go perfectly with an old vintage police holster I have.

October 29, 2007, 06:28 PM
It'd depend on condition, price, and grips. I'd favor the 586 as a general rule because I like shooting hot loads on occasion.

October 29, 2007, 06:32 PM
If you don't already have a .357, I'd probably get the 586. According to Supica & Nahas, given equal condition, the 586 is worth more, may be older than the 14, has the box, is more versatile (.357magnum, vs .38spl), and isn't that much heavier. Besides, at the range, the extra weight wouldn't be much of an issue - may even help tame recoil a bit. The 14 is nice, though. I already have a 686, and I like the looks of a vintage K-frame. Don't think you'd go wrong with either.

October 29, 2007, 06:50 PM
I would get the 14-3, as I don't care for the longer barreled 586/686 guns (barrel heavy), but they are very nice guns as well. I have a 6" 14-3, a 4" 686 ND and 2 1/2" 686-3. I sold my 6" 586.

For general plinking I like shooting my Model 10-6 more than any .38 I have. My 14-3 is easier to shoot more accurately though, especially long distance. It is sweet for target shooting.

Don't think you'd go wrong with either.

October 29, 2007, 06:59 PM
I'd buy the 14-3. They are superb target revolvers.

Brian Williams
October 29, 2007, 07:07 PM
3" 586 hands down, I like 3" S&Ws.

October 29, 2007, 07:11 PM
Brian, it's a 6" 586-3. So, HANDS UP!

October 30, 2007, 12:12 AM
I went back and looked at the 586 and it looked to me like it was a 586-8 instead of a 3. I guess I didn't look close enough the first time. Is that possible? It has the firing pin in the hammer and is in perfect condition.

I went with the 14-3


October 30, 2007, 05:13 AM
I went with the 14-3

Congratulations! I have a S&W M14 and I used to shoot bullseye matches with it. A very good friend of mine, with a sizeable collection of nice, older S&W revolvers, borrowed the M14 quite often for matches.

They are built for accuracy!!!

October 30, 2007, 09:52 AM
Congrats on the new gun!! Let us know how it shoots...


October 30, 2007, 11:41 AM
The 3" S&W 586 would be my choice!

October 30, 2007, 05:45 PM
Guys, it wasn't a 3" 586 that was available, it was a 6" DASH 3.

October 30, 2007, 05:54 PM
OK, the Model 14 then.

(If I could read I would be dangerous.)

Brian Williams
October 30, 2007, 10:33 PM
Then I would take the 14...

October 31, 2007, 06:40 PM
586-3 for me. :)

November 1, 2007, 12:52 AM
The Model 14 would be my choice. They have great triggers.

November 1, 2007, 10:18 PM
You purchased the most desireable wheelgun. Congratulations!

Nothing beats the balance of the K frames . . . and the M14 models are made to be tackdrivers!

Then again, the L-frames have never been my favorite. They have a taller bore axis above the hand, which is not good . . . but compensate usually by installing a full-lugged barrel which adds weight and slows holster draw times.

They made the slightly stouter L to compete with the heavier Ruger and Colt cop guns in the final heyday period of LEO wheelguns. Frankly, it is very hard to ever shoot a K frame .357 loose under normal use . . . much less a .38 Spl. version!

You got the cream of the mid-sized S&W revolvers in your M14.

Congratulations again on picking a revolver you'll always enjoy shooting . . . one that's of classic feel and proportions . . . and one that rewards you with stellar accuracy!


November 1, 2007, 10:49 PM
Wise choice!

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