Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 686-5 Plus 357 Magnum 6-Inch, $534

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The Smith & Wesson shoots smoothly DA or SA. But the rubber grip could grab clothing.

Smith & Wesson 686-5 Plus 357 Magnum 6-Inch, $534

Gun Details

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Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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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Buy it. The 686-5 is accurate, durable, smooth, and powerful.
The addition of a seventh cartridge slot didn't change the 686-5's ratchet/hand relationship; we didn't notice any change in inertia from a six-shot pattern. However, one of the chambers didn't unload and load as well as the other six.
The 6-inch 686-5's full-lug barrel puts a lot of weight out front, which can ameliorate recoil.
The 686-5's front sight was a ramp style with orange insert. The insert's smooth surface reflected glare, which made the front sight hard to decipher.
The rubber Hogue Monogrip provided a soft, tacky surface that felt great in the hand.

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