Gun Report

S&W 686 Plus .357 Magnum (Grade A April 1999)

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This seven-hooter shot accurately, had a reasonably small carry profile, and handled great.

S&W 686 Plus .357 Magnum (Grade A April 1999)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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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More rounds are a great equalizer in a wheelgun.
The 686 Plus's timed runs of 4.11, 4.67, 3.75, 4.30, and 3.71 seconds were noticeably slower than the Taurus, in part because the fine sights tempted us to try for center hits.
The red insert front sight could be a problem for the color-blind shooter.
The full lug barrel shrouds an abbreviated ejector rod.

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