Bought my 2nd 686 today.....

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Tony Mig, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    The Sorprano State
    I love the 4" 686 I have now, but my 6" .357 magnum revolver was a Ruger GP-100. Even with a spring kit and some trigger work, the action on the GP just doesn't come close to the "out of the box" action on the S&W 686. I was using this GP for Bullseye compition shooting, and it has an inherent problem with cylinder drag that caused me more than a few matches durring the timed and rapid fire stages.
    Well today I fixed the problem, I traded in the GP-100 for a new 6" 686 with the 6 shot cylinder. Now I'll have a pair of 686's, one in 4", and the other in 6".......
    Now I need to scrounge up enough money to get a 6" 617, and my Bullseye Match revolver arsenal will be complete.......
  2. Bullseye

    Bullseye New Member

    Jun 29, 2003
    I like the 686 - my first handgun was a 6" 686. I eventually addded a 2.5" and a 4" to the collection. Today I have only a 6" 686 , not the original one. It is an amazingly accurate revolver. I once even contemplated the 8 3/8" version!

  3. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    The Sorprano State
    If they still offered it, I'd probably get one....... ;)

    To me, the 4" model is the perfect combat revolver, I use it on the steel plates and poppers, and it also serves as my home defense weapon. The 6" will serve as my target compition weapon at the Bullseye Matches, and Dot Shooting compitions. It's like the perfect set of wheel guns....... :D
  4. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    Tony Mig:

    Had the same experience with a Ruger GP and a new S&W in 357. The newer Smiths from the last few years are much better than the ones I bought (44Mag, & 41 Mag) in the 1980's and even those are better guns than the Ruger. It is the lack of finesse in the Ruger that kills it for me.

    I always put a spring kit in my Smiths making the trigger near perfection. Reguardless of a spring kit in the Ruger it took a real trigger job on the sear and hammer with stones to even get close to the box stock Smiths.

    Good luck with your new Smith.

  5. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    I still miss my 686.
  6. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    The Sorprano State
    I might be closer to also getting that 6" 617 too. I applied for two pistol permits, and I put one of my guitars up on E-Bay, if this guitar meets reserve, I'll have enough money to not only get the S&W 617 I want, I'll have enough left over to get a cap & Ball revolver, and buy the wife something extra special for Christmas..... ;)

    Once I have both this new 6" 686, and the 6" 617, I'll be doing a lot of Bullseye practicing at the range. It's my goal to be the first member of this club to win a seasonal Bullseye match with all wheel guns...... :D
  7. billr

    billr New Member

    Oct 15, 2004
    Hi Tony
    Where do you live that you have to get a gun permit before you can buy a hand gun, we have a day of purchace for as many as you need.
  8. Tony Mig

    Tony Mig New Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    The Sorprano State
    Like it says under my name Bill, I reside in the state the NRA refers to as "Gun Owner's Hell" .....

    Or as I like to call it The Democratic People's Republic of New Jersey ....

    One must first apply for and recieve a Firearms Purchaser's Card. That allows you to buy rifles...(and this includes BB rifles)....and ammunition. You then must apply for a handgun purchaser's permit for each and every handgun you wish to purchase. These permits can take anywhere's from a week to 3 months to get back from the issuing authority. I'm much luckier than most in this state as I'm well aquainted with the detective that handles the paper work in the municipality I live. My permits usually only take a week at the most. Then when you actually make the purchase, the gun dealer still has to run the NICS background check on you before you can leave with your new gun......

    If you ever get the chance to live in New Jersey......pass on it..... :rolleyes:
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