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686 4" - Is is a 'K' or 'L' Frame

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Club' started by morgantheship, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. morgantheship


    Jun 2, 2006
    I recently purchased a S&W 686 4" revolver. I am attempting to purchase a holster and speed loaders for it but I am not sure if it is classified as a 'K' or 'L' frame?

    I am looking at the Safariland Custom Fit 567 Holster along with the Safariland Speed Loader Holder and Speedloaders.....but I can't determine how they classify this gun.

    Is it a 'K' frame or is it an 'L' frame?

    Thanks for the help.

    Oh, the gun shoots wonderfully. It is so smooth, the trigger is fabulous, and it is dead nuts on hitting the target. I love it and want to shoot it more. I plan to shoot it in the local IDPA matches.
  2. 1911master


    Apr 26, 2007
    Woodward, OK
    It is an L frame pistol. Jim

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
  4. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    They're great aren't they?!! I picked up a 4" 686 about a month ago and I love it!!
  5. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

    Jan 19, 2004
    Louisville Kentucky
    There right it's an L Frame & the HKS #586 Speedloader is correct for the 6 shot 38/357 L Frames..
    BTW There was a recall by S&W on the early 586/686s to install a newly designed Hammer Nose/Firing Pin & Firing Pin Bushing, They stamp a M in by the MOD# to idenify them, ones made after the recall were marked 2M..
    Congrats on a sweet revolver that's gonna last a long long time..
  6. den888


    Sep 4, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    It's an L frame and I bought one in 1984, and sold it in 2008. Great revolvers...
  7. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

    Feb 25, 2002
    It's an "L" frame (beefier than "K") with a "K" grip size.
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
  9. Dave T

    Dave T

    Jan 5, 2000
    No offense but not with that extra hole in them. I'm fortunate enough to have most of the old Smith & Wessons (5-screw N-frames are favorites) I want and need. And, I'm old enough that I will probably never need to buy one of the lawyer approved models. Kind of sad what a great old company has come to...but then you can say the same thing about Colt, Winchester, even Ruger.

  10. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    I carried one or another of the 686 4" L-frames as an issued weapon back in the 80's, turning in a rather well-used and somewhat beat up M66 4". ;)

    I remember when the firing pin nose/FP bushing modification came out, as we had to have all of our guns modified. The factory offered a special field kit with the tools necesary for revolver armorers to perform the modification at their agencies if they didn't want to wait to have it done by the factory. The agency revolver armorer at that time chose to get the kit and do all of our guns himself. We were instructed to carry only .38 Spl +P loads until our guns were modified.

    S&W's QC being what it was in the 80's, I also remember some occasional issues arising in some of our 686's which required the attention of the armorer.

    I only had the chance to run maybe 3,500+ rounds through my last issued 686. I really liked that revolver and I regret not having bought it (and it was offered to us to do so) when we went from revolvers to 9mm's some years later.

    Of course, I also regret not having bought one of the CS-1 models when they were virtually trying to give them away back then, but everybody was changing their attention to the hicap wondernines at the end of the 80's. :upeyes: