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Default Thinking About Getting A New 686 For Concealed Carry

But I can't make up my mind if I want the the 3 inch 686+ 7 shot, or 4 1/4 inch 686 6 shot.
I'd rather have the 3 inch barrel, but in a 6 shot cylinder.

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look at the 627-5. 5" barrel, 8 shot. custom shop. in got one. it is great.
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I'm wanting the 6 shot cylinder for comfort and easier concealment.

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Is the 7 shot cylinder actually bigger in diameter than the 6 shot? I was under the assumption (quite possibly wrong!) the cylinders are the same size, they just crammed in an extra hole to make it a 7 shot. ???
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By golly, I think your right!!

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Is there such a thing as a 7 shot speed loader??

I'm not up on anything over 6 shots.

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Is there such a thing as a 7 shot speed loader??

I'm not up on anything over 6 shots.
Yes, hks makes them, I have 2 from previous 686+ I had. 5star also makes them I think.

I had not remembered about the cylinder diameter being the same, or if I ever knew.

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Isnít that a pretty heavy gun for CC. Your Glock is probably lighter.

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Isn’t that a pretty heavy gun for CC. Your Glock is probably lighter.
Well actually it is, but a revolver, at least for me, hides, and carries easier.

Also, I suffer with "old man's bullfrog butt".
In other words, I don't have one anymore.

About 5 years ago, I started wearing suspenders. With a t-shirt tucked in under a shirt, even under a t-shirt, suspenders make gun weight a non-event.

Also, I carry inside the waist band, with jeans 1 size bigger.
Tight belts are not comfortable. If I'm wearing overalls, my Smith Airweight, or my Kimber K7s will fit in any pocket.

I've decided I'd rather have the magnum power over round capacity. I can't, and won't run, so anything I might get into is gonna be in close, and I don't miss much.

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Yeah Dee, I would go with the 3 inch 686 7 shooter. The cylinders are the same diameter, and the 7 shooter might weigh a little less, with that extra hole in the cylinder. I have always been a 6 shot revolver man, but that's mostly my age showing. From what I have seen and read, the 7 shooters are just as reliable as the 6 shooters, DA triggers are good, and that extra round is always a plus in a social engagement. For years I carried a 4 inch 586 as a duty gun, and never felt under gunned or at a disadvantage with six, 125 grain SJHP Remington .357's.


If you want .357 power in a slightly lighter and smaller package, I believe the model 66 K frame was made in 2 1/2 and 3 inch versions.


Years ago, I bought a Colt Lawman .357 snubby for concealed carry. Found I didn't like the DA trigger pull, and so it never got shot much, and has sat in the safe. They are available used at decent prices, and not a bad gun if the Colt trigger pull suites you.


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