Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by savagelover, May 12, 2022.
Had one of those too, twice….. sigh
Since then I have obtained a 8-3/8” 686, a 6” 586, a 4-1/8” and short barrel 986 (9x19) and a short and long barrel Model 69 (44 Magnum).
Yes, I like L-frames.
I can only think it is possibly Old Stock that they found tucked in a corner somewhere. About three years ago, I picked up a used 4" 686 for $576 from Buds and thought I was getting a good deal then
The 681 fixed sight version. "K" and "L" frame Smiths take the same stocks. It is the upper area of the frame that is a bit larger in the "L" frame. This size increase removes the need to cut a flat on the bottom of the barrel that the "K" frame has.
I wanted a 586 for a long time but I think a 686 would make more sense as it would make a great woods and fishing gun, especially in bad weather.
My 6" 686:
Graceful lines, well balanced, proportional to the cartridge, superbly accurate.
I had a 6" 7 shooter, traded it off because I wasn't in love with the longer barrel. Picked up a 4" 686-0 and have no regrets. Just a phenomenal weapon.
The fix? What is that, a modification or a potential problem to be averted?
I think he might be referring to a problem experienced by owners of some "no-dash" and "-1" models. The fix was replacement of the firing pin bushing and hammer nose to prevent the cylinder from locking up when shots were fired
Yep, I agree, Pat and finally went over to SS a decade ago for general carry on the farm and any & all back country sojourns.
The "L" framed Smiths sure made up into a robust .357, probably a bit on the porky side for those that carry a duty weapon tho, I'd guess. But they hand well in offhand shooting, and carry better, at least for me, in a cross chest holster rig. That'd be a cold weather CC rig, or an open carry hunting outfit.
Currently I have a 686-4 (a 4" bbl'd beauty) in about new, old stock condition that I really like...but it's a range gun primarily. For real carry, I prefer a M-19 or M-66 with 4" bbl's., but will readily admit, they have noticeably heavier recoil. Lots of guys handle them well, even with full house .357 loads and more power to them...my arthritis in the the thumb joints is now a full time burden and I'm turning more and more to smaller calibers.
HTH's Rod Pic of 686 plus my carry rig...OWB...Son with his 66 in a rig I gave him last Xmas.
^ That gun looks huge in that photo. How about the exposed trigger? That does not concern you being it is a DA revolver?
Why would the exposed trigger be a concern?
If it catches on something it could fire?
Very similar to Rodfac’s holster. Because of the way the cylinder is held in the holster, it can not turn. This style of holster has been popular since the turn of the last century.
It is only recently that the safety police have decided that equipment should replace training.
Yup, I was issued a holster much like that (mine was equipped with a thumb break safety strap) when I entered LE...everyone carried that way
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