Originally Posted by Woodsman
I went into a gun shop last week they had 3 686s, a 6 inch, 4 inch and a 2 1/2 inch. The 6 and 4 inch barrels were 699, the 2 1/2 was 750. I knew this was just a pricing mistake so i asked the clerk, why more for the shorter barrel than the longer ones. His reply was i thought stupid. 6 and 4 inch barrels are aboundant, but 2 1/2 inchers are not that common. My question is, is this guy full of it or what ? surley it cost more to make a longer barrel ? am i wrong ? your thoughts.
You are correct the longer the barrel, the more the material cost to make it. With that said, the reason for the higher price on the short barrel is the Novice on conceled carry will pay more. Notice I say "Novice". A beginner will think that the short barrel will be; lighter, smaller-easier to carry, harder to be seen by others, easier to shoot, and the list goes on. Facts are the 4" 686 is the most ideal overall carry, home defense, sport target shoot gun listed. I believe the 2 1/2" model you saw will bring it's price by "It's the First Gun I've ever owned" type person
Most people on this board will steer you toward the 4" Model S&W 686. It is a FINE weapon. IMO buy the 6 shot model-just more proven to me.