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Old 11-23-2010, 03:38 PM
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Ok. Been reading for a while and it seems like you guys think the 686 is one of the better ones. I did try to figure out what the -X number means by searching old threads. It appears it has to do with production date?
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:26 PM
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The suffix is the series number, which changes when the gun has significant changes.
Having owned or shot 686s from original issue to -4, I liked them all.
I did get the hammer nose/bushing mod (free) to the original issue.
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Old 11-23-2010, 04:57 PM
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The 686-4 seems to be the golden child of the series but I don't think you could go wrong with any. If you think you might want to install optics then the -4s' and up are drilled & tapped, which saves you from having it done to a earlier gun. I also have a couple of the current production guns, 3" and the 5" Pro Series, both of which I am extremely happy with.
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I also have a couple of the current production guns, 3" and the 5" Pro Series, both of which I am extremely happy with.
Do you find the SA trigger pulls to be a bit on the light side? I handled a few at the gun show recently and it felt scary. they must have been 2 pounds-maybe less.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:27 PM
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What's wrong with a light trigger? I have a 5" 686+ pro that has a fairly light single action trigger pull. I like it that way. I could see concern if the double action got to light but I don't cock the revolver unless I want to fire it.
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:36 PM
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Both have very short and crisp SA, but measure 4# and 3.25# by my gauge. Whereas my older Smiths' which have been worked on run 2.5#, but I really don't notice the differance shooting them side-by-side. I really believe a clean trigger is much better than simply just being a light one.
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What's wrong with a light trigger? Plenty in my book. They're dangerous. The ones I handled were way too light. I didn't bring a gauge to the gun show but I've felt 3 and 5 pound triggers before and the ones I tried were lighter than that. I wouldn't expect a DA pull weight but those to me were at a dangerous level. Three to five pounds would be more as it should be. I don't want a trigger I can just barely touch and the hammer fall.
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I have 686-6, and I really love it except for the lack grip groves on the triger, and that it is a round butt.

I have put nearly all 6 rounds through the same hole repeatedly. The triger pull seems fine for me.

Just find the dash model you like the best, and have a gunsmith adjust it to how like it.
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