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Thread: S&W 986 2.5" Project

  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambo View Post
    Can S&W up their game enough to get to an 80% frame? If they can, we need TK Custom to work a deal like Langdon has with Beretta.
    We just need the serialized frame with barrel from S&W. Since their parts and fitment are subpar, we can build a better gun with the aide of aftermarket parts and YouTube. I'm not mechanically inclined, yet I built a better gun installing aftermarket parts to an S&W frame and barrel. S&W--reach out to PF members, we can help you improve your revolver products and sales.

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    Update 3

    Loctitie 638 fixed the front sight shifting problem. For now, the gun is good to go. But who knows what f'ups S&W has in store for us down the road.

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    Update 4: Grips Make a Difference

    My 986 journey continues. I experimented with several types of grips/stocks, and to my surprise found the best grips for me (YMMV) in a new design from D&L Sports. I first tried a round butt VZ grip without finger grooves. I didn't like them because the muzzle pointed upward on draws. I then tried a set of round butt Nille Griffe with finger grooves (Picture 1 Below). They pointed better, but I don't like finger grooves because I want solid purchase wherever I grab the grip on the way out of the holster. I can also recenter quicker without finger grooves or stippling by simply squeezing equal pressure on both sides of the grips. Next up was a set of VZ Grips smooth round butt to square butt conversion without finger grooves. They pointed straight on the draw, but squirmed in my hand during rapid fire. I was ready to settle on them until I tried the grips from D&L Sports (Pictures 2-4). In 45 years of revolver shooting--best grips ever. They point dead on at the draw. My 5X5 drill times are one-second quicker than they were with the Nille Griffe grips. The beavertail on the D&L grips helps center the gun on the draw. The base provides all the room your pinky needs to stabilize the gun during firing. The grips place weight over the grip frame helping to absorb recoil and the butt can provide a good club .

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    Thanks!

    Iím the new owner of this gun and confirmed itís done up well. Smooth trigger on par with my competition 929s.

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    DA pull is right around 6 pounds.

    I am looking forward to using this one in good health.

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    Tested accuracy

    I wanted to test the 986 with copper jacketed 9mm (147gr Lawman) instead of the Syntech in case it made a difference.

    While it doesn't have the capacity of a double stack, it still performs fine as a weapons system.

    I shot at two different paces / vision with consistent results scaled for pace / vision.

    As I suspected, any reported concerns about accuracy of the 9mm Smith don't really come into play at self defense distances and cadences.





    I fabbed a target that would help me with the irons on this gun for sighting in.

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