Originally Posted by ctfireman
Just got home with it. Thanks for all the advice guys. This thing is slick. Like brand new (made this year).
Originally Posted by 69HEMI-R/T
That is a beautiful 686 with the combat-style grips but, I just cannot get past the lock. Just do not like the look being spoiled (my opinion only) of a great revolver by a hole in the right side and recontour of the gun's frame because of the lock.
Anyway, if you are happy, congrats and enjoy a great S&W revolver. I am having trouble getting used to the round-butt frame being used on all length's of barrels too. The original 686's only came with a round-butt frame if you purchased a 2 1/2" bbl. model. It looks nice with a round-butt frame, just different. The original 686's had a square-butt frame on the 4", 6", and 8" models with the 2 1/2' model being the only one with a round-butt frame. At least as far as I know but I could be wrong.
Congrats on getting a great shooter of a .357mag gun and I am sure it will be a great gun.
Originally Posted by glock a-doodle-doo
what is this lock you guys speak of? i'm really want to get a 3 or 4" 686 soon!!! this looks so sweet with the wood grips even though i know it will be slippery for me. :P
If you look just above the cylinder release, you'll see the lock........wait........just so happens you can't see the lock in the pictures the OP is showing us, because the camera is angled in just the right way that you can't see it. If you look on some of the online auction sites, you'll see many photos of current Smith revolvers that are angled in just such a way. This is especially true for revolvers that are available with, or without the lock. You'll also see many more pics of the other side of the gun.....the side without
the lock! Now, why do you suppose that is?????
OK, you get the idea, here......there is an effort to sell Smith revolvers by hiding the lock in the pic. There are quite a few people, like 69HEMI-R/T, who feel it just looks ugly, and won't buy one. I might buy one, IF and ONLY IF, I can't get what I want without the lock. I feel this way, not because the lock doesn't look good.......I feel this way because the lock represents a time Smith and Wesson was a "sell-out" to the gun-grabbers.......and, that's why the lock was put on there in the first place.
Now, there are plenty of people who aren't bothered by the lock at all. That's fine.......and, that's why the lock is still there!
OK......here is a pic where there isn't as much effort to hide the lock:
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