Competitive Shooting

Talking Top Shot: Cool Tricks and Cooler Guns

No Top Shot Interview today, apparently the FAA frowns on using Skype at 35,000 feet! We’ll have eliminated contestant Mike Morelli on next week as part of a double block of interviews.

Right here, we’re going to talk about guns on Top Shot, because this show had one of my all time favorite firearms featured – the Smith & Wesson 686 revolver.

I’ve had a variety of revolvers through the years, but one of them that I keep coming back to is my 686.

My personal 686 is the SSR version, which is a little different in that it has a 4 inch barrel and some “competition” touches, but otherwise it’s exactly the same gun as the one pictured.

686s are great because with light .38 Specials they shoot like a .22, they’re generally quite accurate, and the single action triggers are generally great from the factory.

In fact, for training a new shooter the finer points of sight alignment and trigger control with a centerfire handgun, you’d be hard pressed to find a better choice than a 686.

While I have objections to using single action mode for self-defense or competition training, I see no issues whatsoever with using it to teach new shooters about sight alignment and trigger control.

When used in single action mode, a 686 with a 6 inch barrel is just a really nice thing to shoot.

It’s pleasant.

If you’re looking for a great gun for plinking, ICORE competition, or just to get the feel of a proper DA revolver, pick up a 6 inch 686 now.

You won’t regret it!

The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (2)

  1. A 6″ 686+ or 386 Hunter have been near the top of my list for a long time. Honestly I’d rather have a Medusa but I can’t find one for less than $1500!

  2. A 686 was my first handgun. Had an ex-LEO pal who I looked to for advice and this is what he suggested and he was right. Still a great gun 30 some years later. Taught my kids to shoot with it.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit exceeded. Please click the reload button and complete the captcha once again.

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.