the 3" 686+ looks delicious, but I have to wonder about the cylinder width... anyone carry one of these?
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Seven For Sure
December 5, 2007, 06:20 PM
I have but not often. My 3" 686+ is one of my favorite guns. I got a cheap neoprene holster for a 4" L frame from www.natchezss.com If I had a better holster i'd probably carry it more. I'd reccomend a fixed rear site from cylinder and slide. It makes a big difference when drawing, at least from the holster I have now.
December 5, 2007, 06:25 PM
I've carried one pretty comfortably in a Tucker Texas Heritage IWB, but carry comfort is highly individual.
December 5, 2007, 06:43 PM
It could be done, I use to own the 4 inch.
December 5, 2007, 07:11 PM
I own the 4" and bought a 642/442 j-frame becaus of the size. I am looking to upgrade my power for a 640.
December 5, 2007, 07:17 PM
I have a 4" and a 6" and both have heft and I wear a pancake holster.
December 6, 2007, 01:00 AM
Even in shorts / tshirt weather I can carry ,y 4" bbl 686+ in a DeSantis IWB holster. I guess the trick is getting a thin but durable holster like the Desantis.
Its just that there a better options - 1911 / G19 both conceal easier with less weight / higher capacity. But if you're good with your 686 and want .357 power, sure, its doable.
December 6, 2007, 01:06 AM
I don't normally, but I will sometimes carry a 4" 686+. The cylinder thickness isn't much different from a kframe at all, and I carry one of those almost all time (2-1/2" 66-3). Absolutely do-able with a 3" L-frame.
December 6, 2007, 01:48 AM
4" bbl 686+ in a DeSantis IWB holster
I don't suppose you have a pic of that?
I have a four-inch 586-7 (basically the 686+ done in blue and walnut), and I've really never contemplated IWB.
A pic or description would help.
December 6, 2007, 06:57 PM
I had no trouble carrying an N-frame S&W M58, with a wider cylinder, and presently no trouble carrying the size-equivalent GP100. Cylinder width has never been an issue; is the concern comfort or concealability? Large grips may jab me in the ribs, or print against clothing, but the cylinder has never been a problem.
December 6, 2007, 07:04 PM
I came down in about the same place as The Shootist, although I've got the 586 L-Comp. It's not that it's hard to carry, at all. It's completely doable.
But a combination of other factors make it not really the gun I want to carry.
December 6, 2007, 08:27 PM
I carry a 2.5" hammerless L-frame Airweight easily in my cargo-pants pocket - it's a 296 .44 Special 5-shot. The key is the Mika pocket holster permitting the shape to not print, yet allow easy retrieval.
Here it is above a J-frame 642 in a Mika's holster, too. Of course, a SS 686+ in 2.5-3" will certainly weigh a lot more.