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What Smith is just a little smaller than a 686?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by marklbucla, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. marklbucla

    marklbucla Well-Known Member

    When held in the finger grooves, the Smith 686 DA trigger is too long for my wife to reach. SA seems to be okay though.


    If a Bantam grip was put on it so her hand rode higher on it, I'd imagine that it might be manageable, though still a little longer than preferred.


    Is there a slightly smaller .38 or .357 smith that we ought to take a look at for her? We like the heft in its ability to cut down the recoil.

    ETA: That indentation on her index finger was where she was holding the trigger. She came around on it to illustrate that the LOP probably wouldn't bee too long if the grip were possibly changed.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2008
  2. Halo is for Kids

    Halo is for Kids Well-Known Member

    The Model 60 is a 5 shot .357 j frame. Pretty small to start but with aftermarket grips you can customize to suit her needs.
    K frames are between J & L frames.

    K frames are what, 65/66?

    These are all model 60's from the manufactures site:

    GUNKWAZY Well-Known Member

    The 686 is an L frame gun and I personally would start by gettuing that big set of rubber Houges off and trying a different smaller set of grips.
    Any K/L frame round butt grip will fit that gun.
    Possible a set of uncle mikes may get you where you need to go with that gun. Tons of after market stuff is available.
    This example below is a model 66, or should I say 5 model 66's with different grips. All of these grips would fit your 686. But notice the size differences.
    You may just need the grips to go away, not the gun.


    Jeff (GUNKWAZY)
  4. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    looking at her finger placement in your pictures, it looks like she has plenty of finger on that DA trigger...as a matter of fact, there's almost too much finger there.

    you want to pull a DA trigger straight back with the pad, not the joint
  5. un_lucky

    un_lucky Well-Known Member

    I really don't understand were that ever came from. The easiest way to pull the trigger is the best way.
  6. gsw-survivor

    gsw-survivor Active Member

    Would suggest first try some different grips, but to answer your question the next smaller frame is a K frame, such as model 13, 19, 65, 66. Still the grips are the problem, and the answre. Brad
  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I'll add my voice to trying different grips. That's what the problem seems to be from the pictures you posted.

    Also like said above, a K frame is slightly smaller and might be a better fit for your wife.
  8. dlrjj

    dlrjj New Member

    66, a K frame, would work. I have one and it is a smaller, quicker pistol than the 686.
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    it comes from perhaps the best wheelguner in the world...Jerry Miculek

    i have found that the easiest way is seldom the best way...it's only the easiest
  10. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Going to a "K" frame probably will make no difference. Grips are the same size and I doubt trigger reach would be any different. The idea behind the "L" frame was to provide a stronger gun with the same size grip as a "K" frame.

    Changing grips is probably the best bet.
  11. machinisttx

    machinisttx Well-Known Member


    The next size down would be a J frame, and it will probably be too small for her hands.

    IMO, look at Ruger revolvers. They don't have an actual grip frame. Instead, they have a grip "stud" that allows a much wider variation in grip sizes and trigger reach.
  12. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    Exactly what I thought. My suggestion is this:

    Magna style grips, with a Tyler adapter. Teach her to use the pad of the index finger, not the joint. That gives more strength, but it creates an angular pull that wrecks consistency and accuracy.

    Stock PC magnas with a Tyler, or perhaps some smooth aftermarket ones. Granted, the example I am posting below is a round-butt gun (k frame, but same size as the L), but it has a very slim profile and really nestles into the hand, either for me or for my girlfriend. But based on your pictures, it looks like your 686 is a -5 with a round butt?

    On my girlfriend's 66, she has finger-groove Altamont grips, relatively slim and let her get a good grip. It is a round-butt, which was also a conscious decision to fit her hand.

    I really think grips are the solution, not a different gun. The K is no smaller as mentioned, and a J just gets snappy and too light for stout rounds unless concealment is the absolute priority. If not, a K or L is better.

    Round butt magnas with a tyler on a K/L frame:

  13. marklbucla

    marklbucla Well-Known Member

    So if I read everything correctly, there will be no difference between the lengths to the trigger on a 67 and a 686?
  14. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    Nope, no real difference. There may be a fraction, and I mean tiny fraction of an inch, but that is all. The K and L frames have the same grip frame. The L is slightly taller and a tiny bit longer in the frame, but that doesn't translate into much in the grip-trigger dimension.

    But you can achieve a WIDE range of grips sizes by playing with different grip styles. And since it appears yours is a later model round butt, you have even more flexibility.

    Also, a 67 is .38 only (I am guessing you know this?). It will recoil worse than a 686 because of the weight difference and also because of the lack of a full lug (where the weight is distributed - out front makes much more difference about recoil than if the weight is in the central frame or butt).

    A 67 is a fine gun, but also a square butt, not a round butt. The 67 is about my favorite 4" K frame .38 - so if you want her to have a SD gun with .38 +p, that is a great gun, but it won't be any smaller really in the grip than the 686. It may be perceived as easy and more comfortable to a smaller woman because it's lighter, so less effort is expended holding it and can be focused on the trigger action.
  15. Catherine

    Catherine member

    S&W Model 60.

  16. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I get rid of those grips and look at the smaller pachmayr grips if you like rubber. I like the pachmayr grips a lot for guns I shoot. I generally buy them for just about every double action revolver I plan on shooting.
  17. ugaarguy

    ugaarguy Moderator Staff Member

    My short fingers find the Pachmayr Compac Pro best on round butt K/L frames, and the Magna / Tyler T combo best on square butts. The finger grooves on the Pachmayr Gripper Pro make it a bit long on the trigger reach for me. I wish the Compacs were available for the square butts.
  18. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    +1 Nicely said! :)

    I agree with the new grip suggestions; the proper grips make a world of difference.
  19. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I have to disagree with you about the K & L frame revolver not being different. Like you said, there is a slight difference but sometimes that's all it takes to make the shooter comfortable or not. I shoot both K & L frame revolver and the K frame is different even though they can use the same grips.
    If I'm reading this correctly you are saying the M67 is only available with a square butt. That's incorrect since S&W stopped producing square butt M67's in 1996. S&W is still currently producing the M67 and it does have a round butt as do all M67's since 1996.
  20. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member


    1) If you think I don't understand the subtle difference in the K/L, I assure you I do. I understand it, and I employ it in my carry or shooting choice all the time. There is a "perceived" difference because of the location of the weight and design. It is NOT because of grip frame, which is what the OP asked about. Just go measure them and see this.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2008

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