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Smith & Wesson Pro Series 686 SSR No. 178012 357 Magnum, $999 (Grade: B+ 2014)

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The 686 SSR is ready to go for IDPA Stock Service Revolver competition. Its higher price reflects its preparation and style.

Smith & Wesson Pro Series 686 SSR No. 178012 357 Magnum, $999 (Grade: B+ 2014)

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The mouths of each chamber on our Smith & Wesson were conservatively chamfered, whereas the Ruger revolver wasn’t chamfered at all. We can’t figure out why chamfering is not SOP for all revolvers.
A full underlug provides additional weight at the muzzle to counteract recoil and steady the gun. But our test guns were designed for Practical Shooting competition, where target-to-target transition eats up elapsed time so a full lug can slow “steering” of the revolver, making it feel sluggish. The abbreviated underlug reduces weight but still protects the ejection rod.

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