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So I've been thinking of purchasing a S&W 686 4in. for the winter months as a CCW, I know it's awhile from now but I like to plan ahead & I'll be using the Remington Golden Saber .357 JHP's 125gr. As far as a holster goes I'll be using a Galco VHS Shoulder System. So what are you're thoughts on this matter do you think I should go with it?
 

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I'm not a fan of shoulder holsters (too easy to sweep body parts, and hard to re-holster with one hand), but the 686 is a fine gun. It's no lightweight, but also no heavier than a full-size 1911 which a lot of us carry frequently. You going for the 686 Plus, the 7-shot model?
 

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Its a good pistol and I regularly carry and conceal S&W model 65 with a 4 inch barrel IWB. Just takes a little thought and planning
 
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I carried a 66 in a shoulder holster often back in the day. Not a problem. Some may not care for a shoulder holster but many never really give it a proper try out.

Now I carry a full size 1911 in one and, again, no problem. I find the 1911 to be narrower than the 66 so there is less bulge.
 

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Pros and Cons

I have two S&W 686 revolvers, the 6 inch and 2.5 inch barrel lengths. I don't own the 4 inch version you are considering. I have carried my 2.5 inch gun on occasion. I think there are some pros and cons in carrying the 4 inch 686. On the pro side:

1. A powerful gun with great accuracy, able to handle the heaviest .357 magnum loads.
2. Absolutely reliable.
3. Imposing gun that will intimidate those on the receiving end, perhaps deterring them without having to fire.

On the con side:

1. A heavy gun for all day carry, weighing about 36 ounces empty.
2. A thick gun with a large grip, making it difficult to conceal.
3. Somewhat limited 6 round capacity in the model you mentioned.

For carry of a steel revolver in .357 magnum I prefer the K frame S&W models like the model 66 with boot grips, which is lighter weight and conceals more easily.




 

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The S&W 686 is a great revolver, and I have carried one concealed in the past. I am not a fan of shoulder rigs and prefer an OWB holster for a gun this size. Recently I have purchased some El Paso Saddlery holsters and am quite impressed with them. They have models that will work nicely with the 686 and are handsomely made as well.
 

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I'll give you $300 for the two 686's pogo. Throw in the 66 and I'll make it an even $600 for all three. Hurry, this deal expires.

I have both a 65 and a 66, 3" 65 and 4" 66. I'd love to carry either, as I'm extremely accurate with both of them with 157gr ammo, but haven't yet had the cajones to test a carry scenario. I keep hoping for open carry situations and a very pretty leather holster that will show them off but no chance for that so far. I don't think -- JMHO -- I could personally carry either IWB.
 

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pogo your photos of your Smiths always get me , but that one with the 6 inch barrel is something else. Absolutely beautiful gun. While I know my gp100 wont look that good it makes me want to get some would grips for mine.
 

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I have a Dan Wesson 15-2VH 6 inch, and I carry it in an inexpensive shoulder holster up north in the woods while hunting. I would carry it more if it had a shorter barrel, and I could get a snub or a 4 inch barrel for it but I have other pistols, so its not a biggie.
I say go for it, and carry it as often as you like.
 

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On the con side:

1. A heavy gun for all day carry, weighing about 36 ounces empty.
2. A thick gun with a large grip, making it difficult to conceal.
3. Somewhat limited 6 round capacity in the model you mentioned.
What he said.

I've got a 686 with a four inch barrel. It's a wonderful gun but way too heavy to carry all day.
 
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