Smith & Wesson 686

Dear Santa, I Need a New Smith & Wesson 686

by David Higginbotham ,  |  published on December 14, 2012

Dearest Mr. Clause,

Last December, I asked for a Webley-Fosbery Automatic Revolver. I know it was an optimistic request, but I had been very good. I thought you and your elves could swing it. But no. What did I get? Zilch. This years request is a bit more pragmatic, so maybe I stand a chance.

I want a Smith & Wesson 686. I had a Smith J-frame Model 60 in .357, and I loved the gun beyond compare. But a good friend of mine liked it, too, and he didn’t have any guns at all. So I sold it to him for next to nothing. I know what you’re thinking. And yes, I did sell it. But he wouldn’t have accepted it as a gift. That’s just how he is. See how generous I am?

I’m not going to stand on any sort of formality this year. I need a new .357, and I want a long barreled, large frame .357. I’m partial to the 686 with a six inch barrel. This is the gold standard of full sized production .357s. This is the .357 by which all other .357s are measured. And they don’t cost nearly as much as the Webley-Fosbery. MSRP on a 686 is just $829! That’s a bargain, really.

I also like the 686 Plus, which adds an extra round to the traditional six shot model. That’s so if you get into a Hollywood style shoot out with a bad guy who is counting rounds, he’ll think you’re empty and jump up after the sixth shot. Then he’ll start delivering his monolgue about how he intends to take over the world, only to realize his error in judgement when the cylinder on the 686 Plus makes one more impossible rotation.

If you check your list and find that I’ve been really really good, you could pick up a TALO 3-5-7. This will save your elves some wear and tear. TALO takes good guns and makes them better. Some of there design ideas are subtle. Other are more cosmetic. But I’ve yet to see a TALO that I didn’t like.

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