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S&W Model 14, 19, or 586?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by KennyFSU, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU

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    If you only could choose one, which and why? I need a new 357/38 plinker and can only get one right now.

    1. M19 nickel 6"

    2. M14 blued 8 3/8"

    3. M586 blued 6"

    Thanks!
     
  2. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    Even though my favorite revolver is a 4" 19-4, I'd have to choose the 586.

    The grip size is the same as the K-Frame S&W, but, the cylinder area of the receiver is larger, and will withstand constant/regular use with .357 magnums better than the K-Frame.

    Personally, I'd love to have a 4" S&W 586!!!!!!!

    Good luck choosing.
     

  3. KennyFSU

    KennyFSU

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    Thanks for the input byf, I'm also leaning more towards the 586 for the same reason (durability).
     
  4. Bruce M

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    Probably whichever is less expensive, especially if I had no plans on selling it. If I did see selling it down the road, the six inch versions seem to be a bit more desirable than the eight inch versions.
     
  5. KennyFSU

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    And harder to conceal! :whistling:

    That's interesting, I've always thought the longer barrels were more desirable but I guess there's always a limit to how much people want. Plus, I'd have to buy a larger range bag for the 8" one lol.
     
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    586 for sure. I love the M19, but the 586 is less common and shoots just as well. The M14 just isn't worth it when it has an 8 inch barrel.
     
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    I would save my money and wait.
     
  8. KennyFSU

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    Save, wait, and buy all 3? :tongueout:

    I'm looking for a long barrel revolver and these are the options near me.
     
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    Then I would get the S&W 586 6"

    But using your logic with where were only three single girls in you town and you have to pick one now.......:rofl:
     
  10. bac1023

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    The 19 is a classic, but the L frame (586) will hold up better after many rounds of 357 magnum.
     
  11. KennyFSU

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    Haha WY, touche.

    Thanks for the input bac, longevity with 357 is the key selling point with the 586 for me.
     
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    If those are the only choices, the 586 is one of the best revolvers S&W ever made.

    Personally, I'd rather have a 4" 581 or 586 (which I have).
     
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    +1 on the 586...

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  14. KennyFSU

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    ^ Wow that one looks great, you just don't see bluing like that on today's guns anymore.
     
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    If the M19 is a -5 or earlier, get it. Otherwise, get the 586. After the M19-5, S&W triggers never had the same smoothness. If the M19 has a pinned barrel and recessed cylinders, I'd snag it ahead of any other S&W as long as it's in good shape and locks up tightly.
     
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    The model 19 is one of the best and most versatile ccw and LE sidearms ever made.

    The model 14 is one of the best competition, target, and small game hunting sidearms ever made.

    The 586 is one of the very best .357 Magnum fighting and hunting revolvers ever made.

    You can't go wrong with any of them. Just pick the one that fits your needs best. You say you want it strictly for target shooting, so I would suggest the 14.
     
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    If you are going to run a lot of .357 through the gun go for the 586.

    If you are just going to shoot .38 go for the 14.

    If you are going to mix go for the 19.

    I personally would go for the 19. I am not a big fan of the L frames. They seem to top heavy. However I think in the 6 inch it might not be as bad do to weight more forward.
     
  18. 86brick

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    586 all the way.
     
  19. Bruce M

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    No particular bearing on this but last weekend a guy at the show had a 19-4 four inch marked at 750. Looked in great condition but still, seemed a bit high to me. But it would not be the first time I have seen a gun at a high price only to find a year or three later that is the current accepted price.
     
  20. wanderinwalker

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    I'd have to go with the blued 586. Nickel looks great, but I'm not a huge fan of it and the 8 3/8" barrel is too long for my tastes.

    Right now I have a 4" M-19, a 4" 586 and I'm on the lookout for a 4" M-15 (it's the "combat" version of the 14 for those not up on S&W). The 19 is a great .38 that can handle .357s if you want them. The 586 is a great .357 if you don't mind the heft.

    Eventually you'll have one of each anyway... :whistling: