Brand new to Guns, want a S&W I think

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Mapnapkin, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Mapnapkin

    Mapnapkin New Member

    So, I am brand new to guns of any kind and now want to buy a couple.
    I went shooting for the first time and shot Glock 17, Ruger 357, Makarov 9mm.

    I shot the best with the Makarov. I think because it was the last gun I shot and I didn't use a death grip on it. I was nervous and white knuckled the grip because I was afraid the guns would fly out of my hand.. anyway. I didn't shoot too good with the Glock 17 and I was ok with the Ruger.

    So I want to buy two guns, one being S&W 686 4".
    Here are my reasons..
    1. It looks badass
    2. I know Smith and Wesson make good guns
    - I don't know much about other manufactures.
    3. I want a 357
    7. I like the 7rd wheel

    I would like a good home defense gun and plan on shooting at the range about once every month or two. I'm 6' tall, 35 years old and have large hands so I will get use to shooting properly with practice.

    SO... The question is.. why or why not would this be a good first revolver.
    Or is there a superior gun for ~ $500-$600

    == thanks ==

    ps: The other gun I'm getting is either a sig p220 or some sort of 1911.. maybe colt.
  2. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    Ruger LCR


    Colt LW Combat Commander Model O4860XSE


  3. Bill of Ojai

    Bill of Ojai New Member

    Hi Map,

    A 686 is an excellent first centerfire revolver because...

    It's accurate and has adjustable sights.

    Has many grip options from many grip makers so you can fit your hands.

    Ammo versatility - .38 special target loads to full house .357 magnum.

    Stainless is easy to keep clean and it holds its value well.

    That said, you may want to consider its baby brother, the .22 long rifle Model 617. Same frame, no recoil, good accuracy, inexpensive to shoot.

    All the best....
  4. Mapnapkin

    Mapnapkin New Member

    So you would say these benefits out weigh the stopping power of the 357?
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    No, I suspect he was referring to the cheap practice that a .22 offers you. The 617 is the same size as a 686 so you can get real experience with a duty sized revolver before stepping up to a magnum. A 7 shot 686+ is my primary night stand gun and it wears Meprolight night sights as well. The 3 inch 686+ is a very versatile revolver, kind of pricey but worth it IMHO.

    Just to give you some perspective, here's my 10 shot 617, my early pre-lock 686, and my late model 686+:



    Last edited: Aug 13, 2009
  6. Mark F

    Mark F Active Member Supporter

    Smith & Wesson is an excellent choice, and a 686 is a proven revolver having a long service record. Also note that .357 Magnum is a formidable caliber. And yes, 686's are badazz looking.
  7. utf59

    utf59 Member

    I love my S&W 586. My next revolver will probably be a 627 (8-shot, stainless steel).

    The 686 is a beautiful gun and a good choice for all the reasons mentioned above. I especially like being able to shoot cheaper .38 special rounds for much of my practice sessions.

    If budget is a consideration, you might also consider Ruger or Taurus. I've only shot one Taurus, and personally, I didn't like the trigger. But that's one person's opinion about one gun, and lots of people swear by the brand. And it did go bang every time I pulled the trigger, and it hit where I was aiming.

    I know several people with Ruger revolvers, and they're all happy with them. And my personal experience is that they all shoot well.

    I do prefer the triggers on the Smiths, though (and Colts :)).
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    IMHO a good, 4" .357 revolver is THE basis for a handgun collection. The 686/586 is perfect for this. You cannot go wrong with this set up.
  9. spittinfire

    spittinfire Active Member Supporter

    I have to agree with everyone here, the 686 is a fine choice. 357 is a solid self defense round and still allows you to practice with 38s which are conciderably cheaper.
    I don't know what the condition of 38/357 ammo supplies are like in your neck of the woods but around here it's hard to find. If you know you are getting the gun I would start keeping an eye out for anything you can pick up.
  10. OC357

    OC357 New Member

    I have owned and used a couple of S&W .357's (model 19 and 28) but not a 686 model. But I just wanted to say that you can"t go wrong with any Smith. They are fine and well made shooters and .357 is a good caliber choice for all the reasons previously mentioned.

    I am no expert. Just my opinion.

  11. Mapnapkin

    Mapnapkin New Member

    Thanks everyone for the comments, I am definitely feeling confident about that purchase.

    I am going to call the shooting ranges around and locate a 617 and 686 that I can rent. Also, I'm going to the next gun expo. We have about two every month here.

    I just checked prices on ammo
    22lr 500rds - $30
    357 50rds - $40
  12. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    Hence the recommendation for the 617...
  13. Shotgun Shooter

    Shotgun Shooter New Member

    $30 for 500rds of 22LR?
    Wow. I got 600 rounds for ~16 bucks at Walmart. That was in January, though.