Smith & Wesson Model 686 – Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

Smith & Wesson 686 Galco Dual Action Outdoorsman .357 Ranch Gun Revolver

What does a Texas rancher carry when he’s out riding fences or doing whatever else it is ranchers that do on a daily basis? How about a Smith & Wesson Model 686? That’s Kevin Kreutzer’s choice along with another certified classic, a Buck 110 Folding Hunter pocket knife.

Carried in a Galco Dual Action Outdoorsman holster and loaded with either .357’s or .38’s, the 686 will handle just about any situation a rancher is likely to find himself in. And it will look damned good doing it, too.

Everyday Carry Pocket Dump CCW Revolver Smith & Wesson 686


  1. avatar Jack Crow says:

    The lighting makes it look blued to me- was surprised to not see 586!

    1. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

      Yeah it’s so shiny I had to click through to see if it had been chromed or something.

  2. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Sweet, I can’t bitch about this one. Pissed about myself trading my Mark 3 Trooper for a 03A3 Smith Corona. I’m thinking of getting a Blackhawk .357 with 4.5 inch barrel……. You guys think I may have gotten burnt on that rifle pistol trade? The rifle is in very good condition, all matching parts, it’s not the C stock though and dated 8-43 on the barrel serial # 487xxxx that stock may not be correct? It doesn’t have the hooded sight protected either

    1. avatar ironicatbest says:

      edit– protector, not protected

    2. avatar Bloving says:

      Can’t go wrong with a Ruger Blackhawk. Very classy. A GP100 would be nice if you want double action but singles are just… so… COOL.

      1. avatar ironicatbest says:

        Go 100’s IMO are very well made handguns, I just don’t like the looks of the recoil sheild and cylinder release.

      2. avatar michael in ak says:

        You can’t go wrong with a Smith & Wesson, there FIFY.

    3. avatar Paul McMichael says:

      Ironicatbest, depending on condition, you didn’t do bad at all. Any of the stocks, straight, scant, or “C” is correct for an ’03A3. A Smith Corona demands a bit of a premium. I recently bought a mint (and I mean mint) Springfield ’03A3 for $800 and considered it a steal. I was offered $1200 for it the same day. The rifle is the queen of battle. You have one of the best. Oh, one of the first things I did with both my ’03A3s was get that stupid sight protectors off of them. I own shooters, not collectors.

      1. avatar ironicatbest says:

        Thank you for your input. I shoot mine also.

        1. avatar Paul McMichael says:

          Ironicatbest, that ’03A3 you have is one of the best battle rifles ever made. The Germans called it, “The Silent Death.” because it was so accurate from so far away. Well, maybe it was because we fielded more farm boys in those days, as opposed to city boys today. Those video games ain’t quite the same as shooting squirrels in the head with a .22. I bought a couple of cases of M-2 ball from D.C.M. in stripper clips a few years ago. If I had to run for the hills I would rather have it than any AR platform out there. In can put down anything on the North American continent with an ’06.

  3. avatar James A. "Jim" Farmer says:

    I own, carry, and embrace my own 4″ Smith and Wesson Model 66 “stainless” K-Frame .357 Combat Magnum revolver of pre-1982 vintage: pinned barrel and counter-shrunk chambers. Now I realize the L-Frame appeared in 1981 to alleviate the problems associated with both the S&W Model 19 and 66 in regards to split forcing cones,
    accelerated wear, and more on the gun. This due largely to feeding a K-Frame revolver
    with especially a steady diet of full house .357 Magnum loads. The 125 grain jacketed
    hollow-point loading probably being the worse. Again, I mentioned “a steady diet of
    full house .357 Magnum loads.” While this may have been a past issue with law enforcement agencies who once issued S&W Model 19’s and 66’s, it should be of
    little concern for the person who fires mostly .38 Special 148 lead wad-cutters, and
    on occasion .357 loads. And this perhaps two or three times a year. Hickok45 in his
    video on the Smith and Wesson Model 66 mentions this. See For
    the average handgunner a Model 19 or 66 should be fine, provided they aren’t fed a steady diet of of full house .357 Magnum loads, especially hot loads!

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      Given it’s light diet, that revolver will outlast you. My preference is for Rugers which would likely never wear out but to be fair, I don’t shoot enough for it to be a concern anyway. I’d like to be in a position that wearing any of my guns out would trouble me.

  4. avatar TyrannyOfEvilMen says:

    LOVE my 686. I’m too much of a wimp to carry it though. 😉

    Maybe if I owned a ranch…

  5. avatar Paul McMichael says:

    A pocket dump after my own heart. Especially like the Buck Folding Hunter and the #686 ain’t bad either. And a reload! If you’re a fuck up give this man some room.

  6. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Classy. The 686 is a treat.

  7. avatar William Beaudry says:

    Doc91c I’ll sometimes carry my dad’s m model 104″ or my m10 2″ and m 19 2.5″.No problem or worries. All classy guns.

  8. avatar MIO says:

    Very Nice!

  9. avatar Lloyd Schiller says:

    I live in Palm Beach County Florida, and my guns of choice are S&W 686s, 19, and my carry gun is a Model 60 performance pro, 22 ounces and No Recoil!!!

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