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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #16
 
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This month I bought a NIB S&W 686 SSR, 4" barrel. I also bought the same gun about two years ago but a friend of mine really liked it so I sold it to him. The very next day I knew I had to buy another one & this is it. I added a set of C.T. laser grips.






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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #17
 
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I just came back from a gun show today with a 6" SS GP100,box and papers,that looks like it only had a cylinder full of rounds through it. it is now my favorite gun. I was on my way out of the show and just happened to notice it on a guy's table right after another guy,who almost bought it in a package deal.pure luck.good luck in your hunt,they are out there.
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Been looking still and nothing in my area. Will keep looking and hoping and be ready to jump when I do find. Want to take a family photo but want to fill the hole first. Thanks for the input!
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I want a double-action revolver! Have always had at least one revolver but have been without for a couple of years now. I have at least one of almost every category except for this one. I understand all of the high capacity, semi-autos being swept up, but why revolvers as well?

The last revolver I had was a GP100 stainless in 6". I loved it and wish I had it back. Would like to find another one just like it. Problem is I can't find one anywhere. A few 3 or 4" but for my use and to fill the niche, I want a 6". I have stumbled across a Smith & Wesson 686 plus that is in the type I want.

I like it but don't want to just settle. Would I be settling, or is this one a good model to have? Input please.
IMHO, If you want the GP100 stainless in 6", I would wait for it. From my experience, settling for 2nd best always results in buying first choice later...
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I owned a 586 once and loved it. I'd really love to have a 686 now.
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WOW! Trying to make a decision can cost you. Decided I might go ahead and go with the S&W and it is gone already. My town isn't that big but several shops to choose from including some of the galleryofguns type things available and there is nothing much out there that fits my criteria. Why would revolvers be this hard to find unless all the manufacturers are busy trying to stock up on higher demand items?

Waiting and patience isn't one of my strong suits but I guess I got no choice.
Tactile sensation, coupled with infatuation for something "old," yet perpetually new. There is a mystique, magic, and yes, majesty about revolvers... Once you've mastered the revolvers, outside of killing efficiency in ammo capacity, semi-autos become mere tools, perhaps even, pass. Oh, I'd never trade or sell my .45 acp Glock's, they're for "social serious difficulties." My Ruger's and S&W's are comfortable "tools."

If I have but one or two adversaries, revolvers would be my choice, unless there is a need for a suppressor... Then, with more BG's, or need for a suppressor, my Glock's come to the fore... Different tools for different tasks...
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Welp looks like my revolver search took a serious hit today. Another gun I have been hunting for a while came available for a somewhat normal price. H&K HK45 on the way! Will still find that revolver after I recover.
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Welp looks like my revolver search took a serious hit today. Another gun I have been hunting for a while came available for a somewhat normal price. H&K HK45 on the way! Will still find that revolver after I recover.
Once you've recuperated, here's another vote for the GP-100.
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As has been said, you might as well get them both. I have a S&W 586, but eventualy I'll find the WC GP-100. After all, in the end the guy with the most toys wins.
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I have a S&W 6 inch 586 that I have had since 1983. It has served me well and will be passed down to my grandson.
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Been looking still and nothing in my area. Will keep looking and hoping and be ready to jump when I do find. Want to take a family photo but want to fill the hole first. Thanks for the input!
I found mine on GunBroker. I don't know how much you know about them but after you create an account you can use the "saved search" feature so that when the gun you're looking for shows up they'll send you an email.
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My normal carry is a 1911 or a Glock G20 SF. On the rare occasions I carry a .357 magnum revolver it is my 4" S&W 686 Mountain Gun. If I carry a .357 magnum revolver to a BBQ, it is my 4" Colt Python. If the revolver will be used for primary carry and shot often with very hot ammo, I would go with the Ruger GP-100 as it will last longer. There are lots of used .357 magnum revolvers at the LGS here in Northwest Oregon. I recently bought a 99% Colt Trooper Mk III with a six inch barrel for $500.
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I just got 3 inch GP100 but its my everyday carry so decided to go with the 3 or snubbie. When I bought mine they had a 3 & 4 to pick from. Both were sweet but already had 4 Colt Trooper MKIII so thought 3 Gp100 would be perfect for what I was looking for. I bought it about 3 weeks ago & have no regrets. Good luck on your choice!
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