Gun Report

S&W Model 686 357 Magnum

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The 686 is a well-designed revolver, and team members liked the slender 686 even though it had less capacity.

S&W Model 686 357 Magnum

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The front lock up is at the end of the ejector rod, with a detent inside the ejector shroud.
Even after years of use, the crane still fit tightly into the frame of the 686.
The old-style hammer spur has a big toothy pad for your thumb.
The backstrap on the 686 was serrated, which provided a slightly better grip, especially with the smooth wood grips. The left side of the grip was scooped out to allow use of a speedloader, and they had a nice palm swell.
The 686 did not have chamfered chambers or a moonclip cut out.

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