Considering SW 686 plus 2.5" or 3"

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    Considering SW 686 plus 2.5" or 3"

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    I'm kind of torn between the 2.5 and 4". I know the 3" will have the full size ejector rod and may tame recoil from the .357 a little. Is there any difference though for concealed carry between the two? Thanks
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    Differences in the concealability of a gun with a 3" barrel and a 2.5" barrel will hardly be noticeable. The bulk of the stocks has more to do with how your revolver will conceal than does 1/2" of barrel length.

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    With the exception of pocket or ankle carry, you will find the 3" revolving pistol to carry like a two inch gun but shoot like a four inch gun.

    If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of 3" revolving pistols chambered in Magnum calibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    With the exception of pocket or ankle carry, you will find the 3" revolving pistol to carry like a two inch gun but shoot like a four inch gun.
    If you can't tell, I'm a big fan of 3" revolving pistols chambered in Magnum calibers.

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    That's very true. One of my favorite concealed carry revolvers is the 3" Model 10 you see in my avatar for that reason. The OP is considering a 3" 686+ as opposed to a 2-1/2". I have the 2-1/2" 686+ but would have chosen a 3" had one been available at the time.

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    Thanks for the replies, I think I'm going to go with the 3". Has anyone heard of the Talo version? Is the only difference, the wooden grips? Price is about the same. Here are a couple of pics:
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    I have a 6"; it's sure not for carry but man does it drive nails! Great trigger too.

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    I know this old boy who is a rangemaster for a local sheriff's department. His off duty is a 686 plus 2 1/2" barrel. He outshoots just about anybody he comes up against with them using their service autos. I just sold my 686 4" to a hunting buddy to use on Florida deer and hogs. I used it as a duty weapon before everyone went to semi-autos. Great .357 revolver. I occasionally carry my SP 101 concealed but I have to admit since going to the dark side black tupperware is my constant companion.
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    Cool

    I know this old boy who is a rangemaster for a local sheriff's department. His off duty is a 686 plus 2 1/2" barrel. He outshoots just about anybody he comes up against with them using their service autos. I just sold my 686 4" to a hunting buddy to use on Florida deer and hogs. I used it as a duty weapon before everyone went to semi-autos. Great .357 revolver. I occasionally carry my SP 101 concealed but I have to admit since going to the dark side black tupperware is my constant companion.
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