I'm thinking about a S/W 686 with a 2 1/2 in barrel for home defense and carry. Any opinions on this gun for these purposes would be greatly appreciated...like weight, reliable, ease of carry etc. thanks, Dale
I ccw my 19 2 1/2" sometimes, have put a few thousand full power through it over the last 30yrs and its as tight as new. But gets heavy fast for me. 5'10 and 200lbs. Having 6 shots is not an issue at all, you"ll never need more than one 357 125gr. Evan Marshall has that rated at 96% one shot stops. So your set for 6 baddies. I carry my snub 38's more because of the weight. A L frame is heavier, over half a pound.
bought an lcr (couldnt find bodyguard) because of the polyframe. had a 686 in my hand ready to buy till i carried it around the shop and it was way too heavy. wanted a pocket carry (cargo pocket in khaki shorts) and it kept draggin my britches down.
Dale- I carry a smith 38 lightweight- hammerless. It is small enough to fit in my pocket and still light. I like not having a hammer that can get caught on my pocket. I will show it to you next Saturday.