Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 686-2 357 Magnum, $900 (1988)

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The S&W 686 is a fine revolver with a negligible difference in accuracy compared to the Python. But Python had a far better double-action movement. Despite these small issues, the difference in price and availability make early 686s excellent options for shooters who want a lifetime investment.

Smith & Wesson Model 686-2 357 Magnum, $900 (1988)

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The size of the Smith's wood grip was an issue. When we shot it fast double action, it did not offer the control we wanted. That is an easy enough problem to fix, however.
We believe the adjustable rear sight was protected well enough from mischief. The spur-mounted firing pin may be a safety problem if the gun were dropped.
A spring-loaded catch secured the end of the ejector rod in the S&W lug. Everything was snug and tight, and the rod was protected.

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