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My newest revolver :)

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Morgo, Jul 18, 2010.

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  1. Morgo

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    Picked this up yesterday from my dealer, its an S&W 686 Competitor.

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    I haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, hopefully next weekend or maybe during the week after work.
    The trigger is very smooth in DA and SA is excellent :)
     
  2. madcratebuilder

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    That's cool, what's under the setscrew on the end of the shroud?
     
  3. Morgo

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    Do you mean the allen key below the muzzle?
     
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    Very nice Morgo. How much does Stu Collibee want for one of those?
     
  5. David E

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    That's where the muzzle/barrel weights go.
     
  6. Morgo

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    Thanx.
    This one can't be bought new anymore, as far as I know, there was another model which appeared to be the same pistol but with some weight reduction to the barrel. Not sure if they still sell those either, as I know of one site had them for awhile but not anymore.
    I think they were going for $2300 on that site.
     
  7. Morgo

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    Thats correct.
    I've just left them all in, I like heavy pistols :)
     
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    My BIL has the old weighted barrel version, IIRC it looks much the same as yours, but with cuts in the side of the barrel shroud so the weights can be seen. He paid $2300 about 18 to 24 months ago for his. That version is no longer available, which is why yours grabbed my attention, as I am looking at buying a 686 for my father.
    FWIW yours is the better looking gun. The solid shroud is much more appealing. :)
     
  9. JFrame

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    Man -- that's a piece that's just crying to pistol-whip someone... :D

    Seriously though, I'm sure that revolver shoots like a dream. :)

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    Bloody gorgeous!
     
  11. Morgo

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    This one?
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    I believe mine was the version before that one.
    Shame they stopped them, one of my club shooters has one and I quite liked it as well. Though as you said, I like the solid look better as well :)
     
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    lol, its weighted like a Desert Eagle! I'm sure it would work well as a club if I ran out of ammo in a crisis though :)
     
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    That would be a shame to mare the finish on some teeth.
     
  14. Morgo

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    lol :)
     
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    can you say cannon? very nice!
     
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    Thanx!
     
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    Here I thought the regular 686 was too heavy for the 357 Magnum.

    will you use this in competition? If so, what type of shooting? I had a heavy lugged revolver for competition and eventually switched to the 686 and never looked back. They are accurate revolvers and any time I missed, I knew where to plac ethe blame.
     
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    Morgo: Yep, that's the one.
     
  19. Morgo

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    I thought it would be :) I just noticed that one also has the lock where as mine doesnt.
     
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    It most probably will not see and serious comp use maybe an informal match here and there. It's mostly just for me to shoot for fun.
    For competition I'm really a semi auto guy, mainly .38 Super 1911's.
     
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    Morgo, I am not up on what S&W produces lately so help me out. You use a 38 Super for competing. I know a few 686s were built in that chambering is this revolver one of them? I have a few S&Ws cut for the 45 ACP and really enjoy them. Enough so I built a 4" N frame in 45 ACP for CCW.
     
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    This one is in .357 Magnum.
    Most of the .38 Supers I have are 1911's. I believe S&W made a version of the 627 with an unfluted 8 shot cylinder in .38 super with a 5" barrel, I have one on my want list :)
     
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    If Robocop carried a revolver, I am sure it would have been one of these.
     
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    Robocop would carry the S&W 327 TRR8. It has a tactical rail. :p

    S&W did make a 627 in .38 super with a 5 inch barrel, single port comp, unfluted black cylinder and Miculek grips. A lot of Aussie shooters have had them reamed to shoot 9mm.
     
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    Well I thought I might post a range report since I've had time to get to the range recently.

    I went with 50rds of factory .357 and 300rds of .38 special target loads.

    I started off with 50 rounds of the .38 special loads and was very disapointed that I was getting light primer strikes 2 or 3 times out of 5 shots! :(
    Needless to say I was rather bumbed about it so I though I'd do a quick search on the Iphone to see if I could find a possible solution.
    First up was the primers could be too hard, nope already using federal small pistol second was there was mention of a screw being too loose under the grips for the main spring. I had doubts about that but took the grips off and the screw was a little loose, so I tightened it up a bit and low and behold no more light primer strikes! :)
    Trigger pull was a little heavier not much though, so back to the testing.

    The remaining 250rds of .38 special loads went through with out a hitch and accuracy was easy sub 1 inch groups from a rest at 25 yards and about 2 inches standing. I'm pretty happy with that since I'm not really a revolver guy and can do better with my semi autos.

    50 yards I was getting around 2.5 inch groups from a rest, I think I'm going to enjoy this with a scope for 50 yard shooting as the recoil was minimal.

    The factory .357 mags were like shooting 9mm in this revolver the extra weight soaks up all the recoil much like the desert eagle.

    I also had a Beretta 92fs with me since I hadn't shot one for a bit, the first trigger pull on the beretta I though something had broken it was so heavy compared to the smith. The double action on the smith feels lighter and smoother than the single action pull on the Beretta!

    All in all its turned out to be a great pistol :)
     
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