Home Articles Shutter Shots S&W Model 686 ArticlesShutter Shots S&W Model 686 By Shawn - July 19, 2021 382 6 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR S&W Model 41 With 5.5 Heavey Barrel 1957 Colt National Match S&W Model 629-5 6 COMMENTS Dammit, Karl, this is why the rest of us can’t have nice things. Reply […] S&W Model 686 is written by Shawn for […] Reply If there were a category for “single most useful handgun a person could own,” I think I would vote for the 686 to take top honors in that category. Reply NO shit? youd choose the 686? Reply Yes, I would. Much of the reason rests on the .357 Magnum, which is a handgun round that penetrates significantly better than most handgun rounds. With a .357, I can serve multiple needs: self-defense/home defense, target shooting, medium game hunting (up to say, a mule deer). If I want to run light loads for target work, the .38 Specials, or .38 Special loads in a .357 case. In a pinch, with heavy pills in hot loads (eg, Buffalo Bore’s 180 grain), you could take on black bears and boars without feeling stupid. The L-frame 686 is built heavily enough to handle hot loads, unlike the earlier K-frame S&W’s .357’s. The L-frame’s are easily repaired, easily tuned to have very nice triggers, and are heavy enough to tame some of the .357’s snappy recoil. They are a tad heavy to carry concealed, but if you have to draw on someone, a .357 would get the job done and then some. There might be handguns that do “X” single issue better than a 686 and properly chosen ammo,(eg, there are many better CCW pistols/revolvers now, and a Freedom Arms in .454 is a better hunting handgun for anything up to dangerous game) but I cannot think of any other single handgun and cartridge choice that is as good at doing multiple missions as the 686. If I had to make a choice of exactly one, and only one, handgun, I’d take a 686 with a 6″ barrel – and I’m a hard-core 1911 guy, so that’s saying quite a lot. Your mileage might vary. Reply With a .357 wheelgun and a .357 levergun (aka cowboy assault rifle) a man is very well armed. Given our inability to acquire semiauto rifles in Australia because gummint that’s the combination I went for. I used to have a 586 but went to a model 19 because my other 2 revolvers are K Frames. Most of the guys I shoot with use 686s though. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.