The Smith & Wesson Model 686 is a six- or seven-shot double-action revolver manufactured by Smith & Wesson and chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge; it will also chamber and fire .38 Special cartridges. Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 686 in 1981. It is the stainless steel version of the Model 586, which featured a blued steel finish. They are available ported and unported with a choice of 6- or 7-round cylinders.The Model 686 is based on S&W's K/L (medium) revolver frame. During the 1980s, Smith & Wesson developed its K/L-Frame line of .357 Magnums: the Model 581, Model 586, Model 681 and Model 686. The Models 581 and 681 have fixed sights, whereas the 586 and 686 use adjustable sights.

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    Put a Sig Romeo 1 Pro on a S&W 686 revolver - now I love the 686 again!

    I was on the verge of selling off my Smith & Wesson 686 Performance Center (5" barrel, 7 round 357magnum) as my shooting was poor, and did not seem to get better with practice. I have red dots on all my Sigs, but not on the revolver, and with my lousy eyesight I just couldn't make the switch...
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