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S&W 686SSR opinions

Discussion in 'General Competition' started by tabacm11, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. tabacm11

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    Does anyone have any experience with the 686SSR and is it worth the extra 100 bucks over the regular 686? Also will this model fit in a holster for a regular 686? I'm looking into shooting IDPA with a revolver, and think this would be a good revolver.
     
  2. I went with the standard 686 because I like the style. That being said, I did the research on the SSR and it's a pretty good deal. The upgrades you get would cost well over $100 to have them done later. Also, I am pretty sure I was told the SSR will fit in the standard holster, but maybe someone here knows more about that.
     


  3. Jon_R

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    I don't have experience with either but I do plan on getting a 686SSR this year and give SSR division a shot. The price difference is worth it to me but I don't have a lot of experience with revolvers. I do want to make sure if you are looking at the regular 686 you get a 6 shot and not a 7 shot. Doing IDPA with a 7 shot you can only load 6 in would be very tedious.
     
  4. +1 about the 7 shot, doesn't work out well for IDPA
     
  5. tabacm11

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    I've heard that about the 7 shot, plus I think it'll be easier to get speed loaders for 6 shot. And am I right that if you go with full moon clips you cannot shoot in SSR? Do you guys think the advantages of full moon clips is worth shooting the different division? Thanks for the replies so far.
     
  6. Jon_R

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    If you use moon clips you compete in ESR. In IDPA you are only really competing against your division and your class so I can't really say if it is worth it or not. You should be faster with moonclips but the people you are running against in ESR are using moon clips to. If you want to shoot with moon clips you are probably going to want a .45 ACP revolver.
     
  7. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    i have a 686 SSR with a trigger by mike carmoney and a stock 586. to me the 686ssr is well worth the price difference over a standard 686.
     
  8. tabacm11

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    ede, does the 686ssr fit in a regular 686 holster?
     
  9. WellArmedSheep

    WellArmedSheep NRA Member

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    I have a 686SSR and love it. The trigger's better than any standard 686 that I've played with.

    I shoot SSR pretty regularly, and the 686SSR is just about the perfect gun out of the box to use in that game.
     
  10. rpf717

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    +1 on this. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks
     
  11. They are nice but let me tell you..I have two good friends that I shoot with that got them when they first came out I believe a couple years ago(we have a personal friend that is an FFL dealer so they got them that quick when they hit the market), they were both screwed from the factory and both of them had the same problem, cylinder drag and it would lock up, thank God we have a good revolver gunsmith that fixed them..he was like they should have never left the factory like this. I am not saying smith revolvers are junk but this is what happened to my two friends, they opted to let Warren fix them instead of sending them back to S&W...my friends are BIG revolver shoots and almost all us S&W revolvers, except me(glock 34) for all the matches. YMMV

    John
     
  12. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

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    i use CR speed so i don't really know. only used the SSR in steel match and a couple boot leg GSSF style matches. if i were to guess i'd say there would be no problems using both guns and one holster. might want to look at a holster makers web site and see if they list two different holsters for 686 and 686ssr.
     
  13. WellArmedSheep

    WellArmedSheep NRA Member

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    The 686 SSR WILL fit in a holster made for a 4" 686. I use a Ready Tactical holster and when I ordered it I asked Chris the same question. He said he uses the same 686 blue gun to mold holsters for both the 686 and the 686 SSR