686 plus 3" or 4"

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  1. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

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    I bought a 686-7 7" last year, and I love it most accurate firearm I own, and stunning to look at.
    I am getting a desire for another 686 plus with a shorter barrel.
    Which barrel length is the most balanced 3" or 4"?
     
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    I like 5" but won't find K/L frames in 5". I'd go 6" before 4" but do have a couple 3" and 4". Not sure how you quantify "most balanced" they all seem to work well for me.
     

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    I have a 5" 686 Plus and love it. However, I wish I'd gotten the 4". The 4" .357 is the ubiquitous .357. To me, the 4" .357 is like the 4 5/8" SAA Colt or Colt clone, it just handles the best compared to all the other barrel lengths. And don't even consider accuracy and ballistics. The differences are negligible. Really. Have you handled one of the Performance Center guns? They really are nice.
     
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    I'm partial to 3-inch barrels so...
     
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    I have a factory ported 6" and a regular 4". Both are awesome. I would not want to go smaller than the 4 I dont think, but i guess it depends on the reason.
     
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    I would go 4 inch unless it is something that you might try to CCW then 3 inch. 4 inch was what we carried when we were issued 686s in the 90s before we went to Glocks.
     
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    I’d go 4” myself in a .357
     
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    4 is just as easy to conceal IMHO I like the balance with the medium/heavy frame


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    I went with the 3 inch. It is halfway between the 2 and 4 and it has a longer ejector rod than the 2. At first, I liked the look of the 2 better but found that the 3 has a few advantages. If I went with a 4”, I would get square butt wood grips.
     
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    i also prefer 4", as said, sort of depends on your preference. for me it seems a perfect compromise.
    when i want to go short, 3" is too much.
     
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    I have the 3" and absolutely love it. Best trigger I have seen.
     
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    If just target shooting at the range, or bed side SD handgun then the 4 inch. Car, truck, carry gun then the 3 inch.
     
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    I was not aware S&W made a 686 in 7". Are you sure it isn't a 6". The 686-7 does not mean it has a 7" barrel.

    My previous 686 was a 4". The balance on it was just about perfect and I regret selling it twenty some years ago. I have a 686 Pro with a 5" barrel (the top revolver) and because the barrel is slab slided and lightened, it feels about the same as the 4" did. The 627 below is a 4".

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    If you're into fireballs of muzzle flash, the 3" won't dissapoint.:D
     
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    I believe the grip frame is rounded so you could put the rounded grips on.
     
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    AdamRodgers "Facts matter, Feeling can lie" DocGKR

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    I have two 3 inchers and two 4 inchers, I like the both. I would tend to go with a 4 inch myself. To me it has "Classic" 357 Mag look's to me. Plus it was what the town cops I remember carrying whenever I was growing up in the little town my elementary school was in, all 3 of them.;)
     
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    The 4" is more practical and the 357 likes all the barrel you can give it but the 3" looks so damn cool and be easier to sell if the need ever arose.
     
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