Thoughts on a S&W 686 purchase...

Thoughts on a S&W 686 purchase...

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    Thoughts on a S&W 686 purchase...

    I might have a chance to pick up an S&W 686, 4", stainless .357 at a store that's going out of business. Right now it's at $579 but it's likely to come down another $40-$50. I don't have any large caliber revolvers and would like this one but I'm not sure on the price. I see a lot of you mention prices for different weapons that I simply can't get around this part of S.E. Missouri.

    Also, the gun is just a hair large for me. In single action its great but its a bit of a reach in DA. I was wondering if there are grips for this weapon that make it a little better fit for smaller hands?

    Any input at all would be appreciated. I intend to use it for a sidearm during deer season, when hiking/camping, and possible home defense. It's awfully big for me for CCW.

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    I would buy it for around 525 as long as it is new

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    you probably do not want to shot a 686 DA anyway except in an emergency. Learn a two handed grip and to pull the hammer back with the weak hand thumb, you should be able to get off 5 aimed and accurate shots in 15 sec or less for a 15 yd or closer tgt.

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    Which model? The seven shot? And is it NIB?

    If so then as Bud mentions a buy price around $500 would be OK but not IMO a super deal. They are popular tho and - lovely revo's.

    If an early one (6 shot) but in real good shape then $375 to $425, and condition 95% plus. JMO.

    You could get smaller grips.
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    It's a 7 round I think and it's definitely new. I think handgun prices run high in our area. Only a few shops, none where you can try them at a range. There's one main shop that has a good selection but they're REALLY high. I believe they think they've got the market cornered in this area so they really jack the price up and won't work with you at all.

    I can't believe the prices I hear you guys getting. Even if this is a 6 shot (funny I can't remember) it is beautiful and I think it would outlast me and go to my boys. Single action w/two handed grip it's a good fit.

    Thanks for the input!
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    Awesome gun

    the 686 is awesome. However, thats not a great price. Pretty sure my 686 7 banger was under $500 a couple of years ago. It was a present from the wife, so don't know for sure.

    Still, if he can come down a bit and you can give cash, it might be worthwhile, especially if it is going to take you hours of time and gallons of gas to get a better price.

    Actually, I just went online and checked out Academy, who normally have some great prices in our area on guns. They are asking $569. So maybe you're in the ballpark already. I still think you can bring him down some. If he is going out of business, it will only get sold at wholesale or less if he doesn't sell it soon.

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    Properly smoothed out, a 686 will feel like a well used Sig, in DA. The wide trigger and Hogue grips were my favorite combo. I would be a tad leery of SA, if kept for defensive purposes- again, if properly worked, or very much used it will be really light. Excellent weapon. I would prefer one w/o the lock crap, but if that doesn't bother you......

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    I live in Missouri and bought this one 686 6+1 at Nassau Sporting good's Feb 2nd 2002 brand new for $469.95 + $33.95 tax for a total of $503.90 out the door. I would continue to look around if I were you. They could have gone up since then but better than $100 bucks?

    ETA: I just check my dealer who has the best prices I have ever found on anything firearms related and he has them for $592.95 so i guess they have gone up quite a bit then. That is a crazy amount of jump though geez.





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    I had a 2 1/2 inch 686 and really liked it, sold it and have wished I had it back ever since. NIB in '96' (or about) for $389. Dumb me got rid of it!! That is a good price your looking at for a seven shot, I'd buy it if I wanted it as they will just get higher$$$$.

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    Good input guys; this one is actually the 6 shot. I saw a 620 7 shot at another shop today for about 550 NIB. I like the full lug under the barrel on the 686 but I'm going to wait to see if it'll get under $500 or I'll just let it pass. I don't really need it and it's not the best barrel length for deer hunting so it's just not that important. Besides, I really need to be saving for my compact 1911. It's my dream to buy a really nice compact 1911 with a 3 or 4" barrel as my ultimate carry rig but I couldn't help but like the revolver. They have a Rossi .357 4" that's probably going to be under $300 soon. I thought about getting that just for a cheap fun field gun. It's blued and has a smaller frame so it fits me very well. I know it's no smith but I'm not going to be shooting it more than a few times a year and mostly with .38s so maybe I'll get that just to scratch my itch....

    Thanks guys!

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    Wow, I'm saying some nice prices here being posted for the 686 in other parts of the country. Here in SoCal, prices start in the low 600's.

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    I bought a 4" full underlug 686 in 1994 ($389 out the door). It has 7000+ rounds through it. About 30% 357 mag, mainly the 125 JHP Remington boomers. If you have shot that 357 round you know what I mean. The range looks like this after a few rounds. I even had several Fed LEOs come down a few lanes to see what sort of cannon I had. They were stunned it was "only" a 357.

    I love my 686 and it being my first revolver I was hooked.
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    I carried a 686 on the street back in the day. I used pachmyer grips which worked out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    you probably do not want to shot a 686 DA anyway except in an emergency. Learn a two handed grip and to pull the hammer back with the weak hand thumb, you should be able to get off 5 aimed and accurate shots in 15 sec or less for a 15 yd or closer tgt.
    Huh? What are you using this gun for primarily? In a real life defensive situation you'll be shooting double action. The only time you'll use single action is for punching paper. If that's your goal, fine. But if you really want a single action defensive firearm look at the autos. Also most double action autos have a lighter trigger pull out of the box than a revolver. But a revolver with a good trigger job is very nice too.

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