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S&W 686 Competitor?

Post by beeser on 11/26/2014, 9:37 am

Has anyone used the S&W 686 Competitor?  Comments?

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Re: S&W 686 Competitor?

Post by beeser on 11/26/2014, 6:46 pm

I stopped by my favorite local gun store this afternoon and was pointed to an alternative to the Competitor, a standard 686 that is already drilled and tapped for a scope mount.  Apparently all that needs to be done is remove the rear sight.  Is that just as effective in mounting a scope as the rail on the Competitor?  Also, according to S&Ws website the Competitor is quite a bit heavier than a standard 686.  Is that an advantage?

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Re: S&W 686 Competitor?

Post by LenV on 11/26/2014, 7:14 pm

Hey Beezer.

  The 686 standard model is a very good shooter. Removing the rear sight and mounting a weaver rail takes about 3 minutes and is very effective. I have no idea what you plan on using the pistol for but if you plan on shooting the center fire match with it then I don't think the extra weight would be very important to you. If you want the pistol for DSR matches the scope mount is not needed so standard 686 is best choice. If your planning on a little combat pistol then go for the competitor.

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Re: S&W 686 Competitor?

Post by beeser on 11/26/2014, 8:00 pm

OldMaster64 wrote:Hey Beezer.

  The 686 standard model is a very good shooter. Removing the rear sight and mounting a weaver rail takes about 3 minutes and is very effective. I have no idea what you plan on using the pistol for but if you plan on shooting the center fire match with it then I don't think the extra weight would be very important to you. If you want the pistol for DSR matches the scope mount is not needed so standard 686 is best choice. If your planning on a little combat pistol then go for the competitor.

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Thanks Len!  I don't plan on using it for any matches, just trying out new things to find the bullseye for my own satisfaction.  I recently pulled out my S&W 27-2 to try out my first time loading of .38 wadcutters and enjoyed the switch to a revolver.  It was a much different feeling than the S&W 52-2.  It was about this time that the Competitor came into focus and I wondered about its performance, especially considering the extra weight that it carries.  I also thought it might be an easier route to adding a scope or red dot.  I'll probably get rid of my Pardini SP and Colt pre-70s 1911 so looking for new toys to play with is part of it.

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Re: S&W 686 Competitor?

Post by LenV on 11/26/2014, 8:24 pm

The scope or dot IMHO would mount to far forward on the competitor and the balance would be wrong. I like to have the dot as far back as possible on a wheel gun without getting in the way of the hammer. With all the extra weight already forward it would be really nosey.

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Post by beeser on 11/26/2014, 8:55 pm

OldMaster64 wrote:The scope or dot IMHO would mount to far forward on the competitor and the balance would be wrong. I like to have the dot as far back as possible on a wheel gun without getting in the way of the hammer. With all the extra weight already forward it would be really nosey.

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Never thought of that.  Thanks!

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