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sw 686 3" barrel

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by iyn, Dec 1, 2010.

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  1. iyn

    iyn Member

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    Any owner of SW 686 with 3" barrel can tell me how it shoots?
    How does it compare to a 4" 686?

    I'm thinking of getting SW 686 with 3" barrel as a home defense pistol that both my wife and I can shoot. She is not a shooter at all, but in a life and death situation she said she will shoot. she afraid like anything that ejects brass and "heavy" guns. The 3" 686 does look as big as a 4" SW-625 and it still has a full size ejector and a better sight radius than a snub nose. I guessing it is the biggest revolver she can handle as far as weight and it can tame the recoil of a .38/357 for her.
     
  2. Steve_NEPhila

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    The 3 inch 686 is only an ounce or three lighter then the 4 inch barrel version.

    What concerns me most is your significant others lack of exposure and familiarity with firearms. If one has to shoot to save a life, it really should not be the first time a firearm is shot by that person.

    Spend some time, and some money (buy a .22 LR revolver or auto) and make a range trip fun. Make friendly bets after some basic instruction and practice. Bet on who does the dishes or whatever, fun is the key word here. Go over handling, loading, unloading, malfunction drills and the like. The life you save may be your own...
     
  3. rich636

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    I just picked on of these up last month. I'm off to work so I'll just post a photo I took comparing it to some popular small handguns, the Glock 26 and S&W 642. [​IMG]

    It's not that heavy, just solid feeling. The weight makes it almost recoil-free with .38spl target loads (~700fps 148gr WC), the magnums will get your attention but it's not painful. I find it more of a pain to shoot the 642 airweight than full power magnums in the 686.

    Edit: I found those grips to be oversize for me, it now has Pachmayr Compac Pro grips which are much smaller in all dimensions. The grip is quite a bit shorter than in the photo now.
     
  4. texlaw67235

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    To me the 3'' is the perfect gun.It is my every-day carry gun,a 686+ 7 shot.Plenty of sight distance,heavy enough to tame magnum recoil,and barrel short enough to sit without even thinking about it.It lives on my belt all day and in my nightstand all night.
     
  5. iyn

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    thanks texlaw67235, I was looking for a all around gun that both my wife and I can use for home defense, bug out and the range. I like my sw 625 but I It's just too big for my hands to shoot double action well.
     
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    IMO the 686 may be too large for a person with small hands. I guess the answer is to have her shoot one and see how she does with it.
     
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    Sophijo is right to suspect the size being a bit of an issue for small hands. With the factory grips shown in my first post the trigger reach was too far for my tastes, and I don't have small hands, more like average. The switch to the Pachmayrs helped as they don't add material behind the backstrap and consequently help your finger reach the trigger. Pic below is the 3' 686+ with the Pachmayrs (factory grips off to the side) and the second is the 686 laying muzzle to muzzle on a Colt 1991A1 because comparisons are always fun. The two of them have some commonalities..7 rounds, power factor, reliability...one certainly reloads faster though.

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    Texlaw, what holster are you wearing that gun all day with? I have a 686+ 3" and would like to wear it sometimes too, haven't found a holster to wear the beast.
     
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    Really the difference between a 3 inch and a 2.5 inch isn't much!

    I have a CS-1, 3 inch 686. It shoots fine. But no better than other K or L frame .357s!

    I do wish I hadn't traded off my 2.5 inch 686 years ago. Chrome hammer and trigger.

    Oh well, you pay for your sins (and many times your good deeds to!)

    Deaf
     
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    Sorry it took me awhile to check back CH.It is a Desantis black leather holster.Forget the model number at the present,but it was a tough to break in holster,but once it did it is as slick as snot.It is a left handed version by the way ,but offered in right or left hand wear.I got it about two years ago off of their web catalog.
     
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    3" 586 L comp
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    4" 686ssr
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    Both great shooters. Easy to teach new shooters to use. Loads and unloads easily. Goes bang every time.
     
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    Yes, it is.

    There's balance, but the thing to consider isthat the 3 inch has a full length ejector rod, so you will get positive extraction of empties.
     
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    3 inch 686 CS-1. Don't know if it shoots better or worse than a four but things thing is about dead on out to 15 yards. I used for my 48 rounds to qualify for TN Permit .38 spl in a L Frame. Like shooting a .22.

    Here is a holster flapped or flapless, able to be used either way for field carry.

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    The weight of the 686 is plenty to keep the recoil manageable even with stout loads. I do not have any difficulty of reaching the trigger in double action with mine (factory grips). I am a man, but have medium size hands with very short fingers and my reach is actually shorter than most females. I believe the 3" 686 will be good for what you describe if it is not too heavy for her. It will be a great practice gun when loaded with .38 Specials.
     
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