(3/21/11) The review for Smith & Wesson’s 686 Plus revolver was left for us by Tom F. from Clifton Park, New York. Thanks Tom for another great review.
The Smith and Wesson 686 Plus is the perfect all around revolver. Chambered in .357 Magnum the Model 686 also gives you the versatility to shoot .38 special loads without any changes to the gun. The Plus in the name is to indicate a seven round capacity as opposed to the traditional six shot.
The frame is perfect size to allow for full grip of the gun while still decreasing the amount of recoil felt. This gun is great shooting with a smooth trigger and perfect balance. The six inch barrell allows for extreme accuracy making it a perfect companion for hunting. The quality of the gun is second to none. From the action to trigger all parts are perfectly aligned to allow for the maximum hunting or plinking pleasure. This gun is fun to bring to range or in the woods and with its versatility of being able to shoot .38 special it doesnt have to be expensive to shoot.
The only drawback of this revolver is the price.With an MSRP of $849.00 it is expensive. But compared to other revolvers in the same category you cant even compare. The closest thing to this gun is the Colt Python. Another beautiful revolver. Unfortunately the Python is no longer being produced. The Smith and Wesson 686 Plus fits the bill. And remeber you get what you pay for.
Manufacturer’s Specs for the 686 Plus:
- Caliber: .357 Magnum® .38 S&W Special +P
- Capacity: 7 rounds
- Front sight: Red Ramp
- Rear sight: Adjustable white outline
- Grip: Synthetic
- Frame size: Medium – Exposed Hammer
- Action: Single/Double Action
- Finish: Satin Stainless
- Barrel length: 6 inches
- Overall length: 11.9 inches
- Weight: 43 ounces
- Material: Stainless Steel Frame. Stainless Steel Cylinder
- Safety: Internal Lock