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S&W Model 681

Discussion in 'Self Defense and Handgun Carry' started by gerhard1, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. gerhard1

    gerhard1 Sharpshooter

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    Dec 8, 2008
    Rural Grant County
    I've carried my 681 a lot lately.

    Excellent gun for me as I am better with this type than I am with any other type.


    This is without a doubt, my favorite handgun. If I had to get rid of all of my handguns but one, this is the one that I'd keep. It is rugged and reliable, and yet at the same time, it is reasonably light weight. Here is a stock photo of one that I found on another website. Mine is similar right down to the Magna stocks, except that my revolver has a Tyler T-grip and now sports a lanyard attachment of a slightly different type.

    One fine day, I took it out and put just over 100 standard velocity 38 special rounds through it. I had been reluctant to do this as kanhunter had done such a good job of cleaning it when he put the lanyard attachment on it that I didn't want to dirty it up. But I bravely bit the bullet (no pun intended) and took it out to my range where I set an IDPA target up and started blasting away with some older 158 gr LSWC rounds that I got from Bullseye in Wichita. It was all fairly close-range, about five or six yards at the max, (typical self-defense distance) and for the most part I did not use the sights.

    Accuracy in my hands was more than acceptable, which did not really surprise me, as this was the gun that I used when I took Bill Regina's service and snub-nose revolver class in Wichita a few years back

    Being as how this is the gun I would take with me on any outdoor jaunts, such as up to Alaska, or if I ever go to sea, I shot with the lanyard attached to the gun and around my neck, and ran into a slight problem. I was using an old air force surplus holster with the hook attachment for the web pistol belt and found that the lanyard cord would get tangled with the hook on the holster. This may take some experimenting to deal with and I might have to switch some stuff around. I'll figure it out.

    It might be noted that it is a fixed sight revolver. This I feel, adds to the ruggedness for there are no adjustable sights to knock out of alignment, and as I don't intend this to be a target gun, it can get banged around a bit without this worry. Besides, I don't think that adjustable sights are needed on a gun that has the primary function of close-range defense.

    Having carried this particular model off and on for over thirty years, I find it to be a darned good choice. It is, as I said earlier, very rugged, and reliable and has a very smooth DA trigger-pull. This one is a keeper.
    D. Hargrove and O4L like this.

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