hello,a friend of mine has an older s&w 686 double action revolver with a six inch barrel and wants to carry it concealed, there is no safty on it and was wondering how to carry it,with no safty it seems very dangerous because the trigger is wide open for someone in a fight or even accidently to pull it and the gun would go off,how are these guns to be carried safely?
There are many handguns that do not have built in safeties, the safety is between the carrier's ears. Revolvers don't have safeties and a couple of my semi autos do not have safeties, nothing unusual. The key is you keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target, on target on trigger, off target off trigger. You keep your finger off the trigger when you draw the gun. Guns do not just go off when you draw them. There is no problem carrying a revolver concealed as far as safety goes as long as you are not stupid enough to carry it cocked. That said, a 686 with a 6 inch barrel is going to be hard to conceal big time.
the 686 is a large L frame revolver. you could carry it in a shoulder holster if you are not too fat and it could be somewhat concealed under a coat. but the bigger your love-handles, the more its going to stick out.
no revolvers have safeties btw. some of the newer ones have hammer locks but you wouldn't use that in a CCW situation.
If your friend is making comments about revolvers and safties, I would recommend he get some training asap before he decides to conceal carry.
My first handgun was a 6" 686 which is quite large to try and conceal carry. Unless he plans to wear a very long outer/cover garment, the holster will show. If it was the 4" version, he would have a better chance.
Dad carried a 686 4" as his duty weapon for many years, he also carried it concealed as well as the mod 19. He was a big guy, so it never really "printed" even for the large frame. He didn't start carrying a semi until after his retirement.
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