I realy am unsure its an outdoor range I no they shoot pistol comp. trap and .22 silhouette. I know its not like the combat comp. that they have there. I would be new to all of it as I'm a trap shooter.I am looking for something we can do as a family that we all can enjoy and I thought that pistols .22's or archery would be good choices for it
I think it's a very good gun to start with - I'm a big fan of the S&W revolvers and the 686 is chambered in .357 mag and you can shoot .38 spl in it as well ( cheaper and less recoil ). The S&W's revolvers have great triggers on them and they are easy to become proficient with. I especially like the 6" version - for accuracy in this caliber.
Have fun with it - and I think it's a gun you'll keep a long time ( like a good trap gun, don't ever let it go ) even if you add something else down the road. I have an old Browning BT-100 12ga trap gun that I don't shoot too often - but I still love. Can't get rid of it - regardless of what else moves into the safe. Same with my old revolvers ( I have a variety of mod 27's, 29's, 686's etc and I like them all ).
My grandpa has a 586 with a 6" barrel and is polished stainless. That thing soots like a rifle! It is one of the most accurate pistols I've ever seen. I love it, he keeps it in the car, I don't understand why someone wouldn't consider this for a combat situation...I'd sure hate to be shot at with it, cuz it'd be hard to miss.
The 686 is fantastic. The Hogue grips soak up recoil beautifully, even with full-house .357s, and the trigger is excellent...even the double-action is very smooth. 6" is a good range-sized gun - less muzzle flip, more weight, longer sight radius. Not to mention that wheelguns are much simpler to deal with than an autoloader - you can check whether it's loaded much faster, takedown and cleaning is faster, and feed reliability is about as close to 100% as you're going to get (magazines seem to be the biggest problem with most semis).
Not sure what kind of competition per se, but it's a great target gun, and IPSC has a revolver class if you ever want to get into action-type shooting.
Glad and good to hear some of you have had good luck with your S&W wheel guns.
I have had just the opposite and even though I hate to bad-mouth, I think it is fair to give the "other side of the story".
I had so much trouble with the third generation S&W handguns that I quit using them in my range rental program.
I still have some of the older models like the mod 19 57 60s etc but very few of the newer ones.
I had to stop using all of the autos period as I couldn't keep them in the range. They were constantly back at S&W being repaired and that cost me money.
The best built revolvers on the market today by far and they never fail are the Ruger series, either SP for the 5 shot and the GP for the 6 shot. They are just the strongest of them all and will outlast or they have in our rental counter gun for gun anything you put up to compare.