Anybody carrying a 3" S&W 686?

Anybody carrying a 3" S&W 686?

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    Anybody carrying a 3" S&W 686?

    I have been looking for a 357 revolver for a while and have settled on a 686 3" or Ruger GP-100 in 3" barrel, I would like to conceal carry it at times, so I would be interested in how you carry your and in what holster. I will carry at appendix or at 3:30-4:00.

    I also, would like your opinion on carrying a 3" or 4" barrel, is there that much difference in carrying or accuracy?


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    I carry my 2.5" 686+ in a FIST #12 holster at 4 O'Clock. I also have a 3" S&W Model 10 carried in the same position. There are many on this board who have more knowledge than I with regard to ballistics but a previous poster once stated that "a 3" revolver carries like a 2" and shoots like a 4". I don't disagree. The 3" 686 and the 3" GP100 are both excellent choices in my opinion.
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    I carried a 2.5in 686 for years in a Bianchi #3 Pistol Pocket at 4o'clock,carried well. The hammer spur dug into my belly when I appendix carried. The gp100 in 3in has fixed sights which might be better for CC. As for the difference between 3 and 4 inch; it really depends on how you carry, both guns are kinda big in the 4in range. I still carry a 4in Service Six on occasion with no problems, but it isn't as bulky. usually its a DAO sp101 appendix carry.

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    From the looks of your avatar, you aren't afraid of using a "Clip Draw". I have one on my 3" GP100. With the Compact Ruger Grips, it actually carries really well IWB at 3-4 o'clock. I recently bought a IWB Kydex Holster from PJ Holsters that is specifically designed for a 3" GP. It is still en route. I expect it to show up either today or Monday. Don't have a picture of the Universal Clip Draw on the gun, but here is a pic with the compact ruger grips on it.


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    The Clip-draw works great on my S&W 642.

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    I believe that a 3" is the perfect bbl length for a cc magnum revolver. The longer bbl provides a longer sight plane and better velocity than a 2", yet is not so long to be cumbersome or uncomfortable.

    I carry a 3" GP100 at 3 o'clock in a Jeff Hays OWB rig with a custom speed loader pouch. It is comfortable, easy to conceal and fast.
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    I've got the 3" GP100 on my wish list. They seem to be hard to find, at least in my neck of the woods. I prefer the old style compact grip with the wood panels over the Hogue Monogrip that they are equipping them with now. I even put a set on my 4" GP100 for a better fit for my hand.
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    I carry a 65 S&W with a 4" barrel at 3-4 oclock. Works fine for me, only problem I ever had was when i had kidney stones. As to accuracy and such it is better, most ammo was designed for at least a 4" barrel, there are some new ammo types designed for a 2" barrel.

    Still a 2-4" barrel should do ya for most anything. Anything longer is gonna be harder to carry, without some fancy holsters.
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    696+ 2 1/2" iwb....8" plates at 25 yds...good enough...
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    Love my 686

    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    I have been looking for a 357 revolver for a while and have settled on a 686 3" or Ruger GP-100 in 3" barrel, I would like to conceal carry it at times, so I would be interested in how you carry your and in what holster. I will carry at appendix or at 3:30-4:00.

    I lso, would like your opinion on carrying a 3" or 4" barrel, is there that much difference in carrying or accuracy?
    I have a 686 3 inch as seen in pic it handles well, shots great and the weight makes shooting magnum loads easy. I changed out the talo grips for hogue grips and shoot lots of 38 special and 357 through it. As far a CCW I carry the gun and with suspenders you dont know its there, without it can be weighty. Enjoy

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    686 seven shot more than intimidating and effective in case of emergency I would put it up against a jamomatic any day

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    Either revolver you mentioned would be a great shooter

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    Plenty of great holster makers will make you something to carry that Ruger in....
    My big advice would be to make sure that you spend the money for a "gun" belt. The Beltman is who I use, and have been wearing the same belt daily since 2006.....the belt still looks brand new!
    For years I carried without a "dedicated" gun belt, and man, I did not understand what I was missing until I bought a real gun belt.

    That heavy revolver will only take a few weeks until you get used to carrying it. I love seeing revolver carry for more and more people!
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    Those are both great revolvers. I have a 3" model 13 and think the 3" revolvers balance the best in a K/L frame.
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    Yes, I carry a 686, 3" in a Lobo Leather enhanced pancake holster with a thumb break
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    Fantastic holster, extremely comfortable that they make in a unique way so there's only one layer of leather beneath the belt instead of a double layer like other holsters. You can really see this in the second to the bottom photo.
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