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    Hey All! - new handgun purchase

    Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I just picked up my first handgun. It's a S&W 686p .357 Magnum with a 6 inch barrel. I've fired rifles before but am pretty new to handguns. Always wanted one and finally "pulled the trigger."

    I'm real anxious to get to the range and start firing this beast. I have about 300 rounds of 38 sp to start off with and 100 rounds of 357 rounds to ease into after I get better shooting with the 38 sp rounds. Sound good to start off with?

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    Nice gun........

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    Great news! I have gobs of guns but my .38 wheel gun is still my favorite one to shoot.
    My only suggestions would be to A) be safe (of course, hearing protection, eye protection etc). You may want to get some pointers from either an instructor or someone with equivilant pistol experience. B) I wouldn't want to shoot 100 rounds of .357. If I did that I think my wrist would be numb.
    You are right in familiarizing yourself first with the .38's. You could end up with a serious flinch if you start off with the hot stuff.
    Have fun and be safe.
    ET

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    Congrats...great

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    nice pick. i have three 6 and 7 shot. six inch barrel you won't even feel the 38 and you will be easing right into 357 in no time.

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    Congrats!

    I have a no-dash 6" 686. It's a great handgun. Probably one of S&W's most popular.

    It will serve you well for many, many years to come.

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    Thanks! - Yeah - I will start just with the 38 sp rounds and the shoot a few 357 rounds to feel and compare. I never intended to shoot all 100 357 rounds in one session for my first time at the range. Yes - that would get my hand real sore.

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