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Old June 17th, 2019, 09:23 PM #11
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I really don’t need another revolver anyway.
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Old July 18th, 2019, 12:54 PM #12
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Ok, I might “pull the trigger” and spring for an S&W 686.
But, which one?

686-2 - $600 plus FFL fee
686-6 - $500 OTD

681-? - $650 plus FFL fee
(Negotiable)

Decisions decisions decisions

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Sorry, missed this thread the first time around .

All the discussion about " bulky " is misleading . As I'm interpreting the OP's situation , his issues are with Weight generally , and Balance specifically . In these regards, L frames suck . As much as I like revolvers seemingly fitting the same general description , 3inch L frames just feel totally wrong to me .

Actually a 4in M28 is lighter, and much better balanced . Yeah, yeah , but the N frame grip frame itself is larger , but either Magnas with a grip adapter, or "boot grips " on an N feel surprisingly good for average sized hands .

Or if you can squint about the .357 chamber part , I am continuing my lust affair with 2in RB K frames . Or have you tried a 2.5in M19/ 66 ? Or a 2.75 Speed/ Security Six ?

But of the three specific guns listed above , I would prefer the 681 . Simply because the fixed sight L frames were a lot less common , and I don't have one .
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Ok, I might “pull the trigger” and spring for an S&W 686.
But, which one?

686-2 - $600 plus FFL fee
686-6 - $500 OTD

681-? - $650 plus FFL fee
(Negotiable)

Decisions decisions decisions
Not really sure what the difference between the -2 and -6 is but the price is certainly quite a spread.
The 681 is the fixed sight model not sure why that one is so much more??
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Not really sure what the difference between the -2 and -6 is but the price is certainly quite a spread.
The 681 is the fixed sight model not sure why that one is so much more??
The 686 from no dash to -5 are pre lock models.
The dash 6 was the first model with the internal lock.

The model 681 from what I have seen commands a slightly higher premium due to less being made.

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The 686 from no dash to -5 are pre lock models.
The dash 6 was the first model with the internal lock.

The model 681 from what I have seen commands a slightly higher premium due to less being made.
If "I" had to make the choice, "I" would go for the pre-lock model, EVERY day of the week.

The beauty of the 686 series is the K-Frame grip size.

I have both a model 19-4 and a 66.
The 19-4 is a 4", the 66 is a 2-1/2".

Both have Pachmayr stocks on 'em, and really take the 'sting' out of .357s.
(One set of factory stocks - Goncalo Alves on the mdl 19-4, is like holding onto a cheese grater, with .357s. The smooth Rosewood stocks that came on the pistol disappeared several years ago. Don't know if they grew legs and walked out of my loading room, or not.)
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