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Old 07-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #61
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:26 AM   #62
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It all a matter of personal preference. They're both outstanding guns. Regardless of cost, I prefer the GP100. My brother prefers the 686. Is the 686 worth the extra bucks? Not to me. But it was to him, because he "preferred it".

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #63
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Here is my S & W 686 6 inch. Love this and will never part with it since my Dad gave it to me. It is a 1984 model.
This is my 1984, 6" Model 686, along with the 2 1/2" I purchased shortly after. My wife gave me the 6" as a gift. It was the first gun she ever bought me shortly after we met.

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Old 07-17-2012, 09:26 PM   #64
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I just got my GP100 about a month ago and I love it, my husband and I both can't say anything bad about it. I like shooting it with .38 almost no recoil, does have a long trigger pull but gives me time to aim, lol

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Old 08-22-2012, 02:48 AM   #65
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I had a 586 with trigger work nice piece. I need a new 357 to use so I don't mess up my Colts. Thinking GP100 or 586-686. When did Smith change their manf. process
Also looking at Colt Trooper non-MK III.

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I can help the op out, one word: yes. (Unless your spouse would beat you with them )

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Well I just got me a "new to me" 686-2, 4". Well, it's on lay a way.

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #68
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I prefer the 686, both are decent revolvers but to me the 686 is a classic. If you shop around you can find an older prelock example for a decent price. Both companies still make serviceable revolvers but they are not the same quality as the older ones. I was at a LGS yesterday and bought a beautiful 686-3 for $450, and at that price I couldn't pass it up. The older prelock ones still have forged steel triggers and hammers and will last a lifetime, probably several.
Here's a photo of my CS1 version that I used as a duty revolver for years. These CS1s are now highly sought after by collectors and knowledgeable shooters alike. I wish I would have bought a couple more when I could have.

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Old 09-04-2012, 02:11 AM   #69
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Ruger has no lock. I regularly DA at 50 feet into a three inch circle with my GP100, .357, two seconds per round. Built like a WW2 Tiger tank.

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Default Ruger all the way

For me there is no comparison. The Ruger is far better built & stronger than the Smith. My GP-100 4.2 " came with Hogue Monogrips & a trigger so smooth that NOTHING was needed to change it. Check out how to disassemble & clean both guns & you will see that the Ruger is way more simple & stronger in design. The Ruger also feels much better in the hand for balance, handling & recoil control. My youngest daughter says it is her favorite weapon & is deadly accurate with it. Customer service from Ruger is also reported to be the best (never needed it myself) & Smith not so good. Smith also caved in to the Clinton Administration (the only gun maker to do so) for a lot of the crap we now have to endure. Rugers are the ultimate: rugged, reliable, American made & owned. BUY THE RUGER & NEVER LOOK BACK!!!!!

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