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SHOT 2014 — Smith & Wesson Model 686 Performance Center Revolver

S&W Performance Center Model 686 short-barreled revolver with custom wood grips.

S&W Model 686 Performance Center

The Smith & Wesson Model 686 has over 30 years of history. For 2014, S&W releases an enhanced Model 686 from its Performance Center shop. Intended for self-defense and chambered for .357 Magnum, the Performance Center Model 686 also shoots .38 Special. Seven rounds fit into its smooth-sided stainless steel cylinder. The L-Frame revolver is made of stainless steel with a glass-bead finish and is set off with custom wood grips. The precision-crowned, tapered Performance Center barrel is 2.5 inches long. A dovetailed red ramp front and adjustable rear sights make aiming clear, quick and precise. The chrome trigger with stop measures 3.5 to 4.5 pounds pull in single-action and 10 pounds in double-action. As with every Smith & Wesson Performance Center firearm, the Model 686 Performance Center revolver has a Performance Center, hand-tuned action. Other features include a cylinder cut for moon clips for fast reloads and a lifetime service policy. The S&W Model 686 Performance Center is made in the U.S.A.

Picture shows the S&W Performance Center Model 686 short-barreled revolver with custom wood grips.
For 2014, S&W releases an enhanced Model 686 from its Performance Center shop.
Picture is a close-up of a 2.5" barrel on a S&W revovler.
The precision-crowned, tapered Performance Center barrel is 2.5 inches long.

Specifications

  • Model: 686 Performance Center
  • Caliber: .357 Magnum/.38 Special
  • Capacity: 7 rounds
  • Barrel: 2.5”
  • Action: Single/double-action
  • Sights: Red ramp dovetailed front and adjustable rear
  • Trigger pull: 3.5-4.5 lbs. single action, 10 lbs. double-action
  • Frame and cylinder: Stainless steel with glass-bead finish
  • Overall length: 7.5”
  • Weight: 34.6 ounces
  • MSRP: $1,089
Picture shows the back of a S&W Model 686 revolver.
The L-Frame revolver is made of stainless steel with a glass-bead finish and is set off with custom wood grips.

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Comments (3)

  1. I just checked this one out at my local gun shop. Compared it to Charter Arms and Ruger. Seems heavy but so is my M1A fully loaded.
    I believe it is a great gun for home defense. And a lot less to go wrong in a life or death situation vs a magazine fed pistol.

    1. yeah, I hear you. that’s only 5 oz. short of a 1911, and I can get a commander lighter than this.

      my ruger 101 in .357 is around 26 oz. i’ll take the 5 rounds in something I can carry lightly. seriously, I so want to like this revolver, but it’s just too heavy IMO. I’ve got a scandium S&W .44 MAG that is also 26 oz.

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