While I am on revolver kick, Smith & Wesson is releasing a brand new Performance Center version of their Model 686 Distinguished Combat Magnum. This 7 shot L-Frame model will have a 2.5″ barrel, bead blasted finish, unfluted cylinder, and custom wood grips. There is a red ramp front and adjustable rear sight.
Other features to the PC 686 are a chrome teardrop-shaped hammer spur, chrome trigger with stop, precision crowned barrel, and a cylinder cut for moon clips. S&W’s Performance Center has tuned the action.
Aaron and I shot this gun at Media Day. The trigger in double action was silky smooth. In single action, the hammer dropped with a light click. S&W reports the trigger pulls at 10 lbs. and 3.5 lbs., respectively. A handworked action is a beautiful thing to feel.
My first handgun was a Smith & Wesson 686 in 6″ barrel, circa 1985. It was a lovely gun with its square latch and underlugged barrel. I added Pachmayr grips and a nice Bianchi leather holster. I unfortunately sold the gun to finance others many years ago. I wish I had it back.
On a side note, the 686 is reputed to have been carried by U.S. Navy Seals and other special operations groups for waterborne missions. Without a reciprocating slide to foul, a revolver was seen as a more reliable handgun for specific needs.
With some smaller grips, this new Model 686 would make an excellent off duty gun. It would look good at the barbeque, too.