Gun Report

S&W 686-5

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The 686-5 is accurate, durable, smooth and powerful.

S&W 686-5

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
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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The 6-inch 686-5 full-lug barrel puts a lot of weight out front, which can ameliorate recoil.
The rubber Hogue Monogrip provided a soft, tacky surface that felt great in the hand.
The addition of a seventh cartridge slot did not change the ratchet/hand relationship; we did not notice any change in inertia from a six-shot pattern. However, one of the chambers did not unload and load as well as the other six.

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