Gun Report

S&W Model 686 .357 Magnum, $530 (Grade B January 1999)

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None of our shooters cared for the shape of this revolver's finger-grooved grip, but it did afford a comfortable and secure grasp.

S&W Model 686 .357 Magnum, $530 (Grade B January 1999)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The burly rear end (forcing cone) of the Smith & Wesson Model 686ís barrel shows signs of some spitting. Ż
This quartet of .357 Magnums had three distinctly different cylinder latch mechanisms. The Taurus and Smith & Wesson, at the right, shared a forward-moving latch. The Rugerís latch required inward pressure, and the Coltís latch needed to be pulled rearward to open.
Muzzle treatments varied only slightly. From left to right: Taurus Model 689VR, Smith & Wesson Model 686, Ruger GP100 and Colt King Cobra. Only the Ruger didnít have a red front sight insert.

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