S&W Model 586 Classic Distinguished Combat Magnum Revolver

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S&W is brining back the .357 Magnum Model 586 Classic Distinguished Combat Magnum Revolver.

Specifications
Caliber .357 Magnum / .38 S&W Special +P
Capacity 6 rounds
Finish Blue
Grip Wood
Barrel 4″ or 6″
Overall Length 11.25″ (6″ barrel model)
Weight 46.3 oz.
Front Sight Red Ramp
Rear Sight Adjustable White Outline

The MSRP for both models is $809.


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Partizan1942

    Please excuse me asking but what makes it a “combat” magnum?
    809USD? Bit steep init?

    • Reverend Clint

      “combat” is what you do with the recoil

      • Duray

        Not with that extra pound of steel hanging under your barrel. Never understood full underlugs. Looks like an over/under double barrel, and weighs a ton. Fine for bullseyes, but a lot of non-moving steel to actually carry around in a holster.

    • Chucky

      Back in the day, magnum handguns were mostly marketed for hunting, particularly the .44 mag. When Elmer Keith designed the .357 mag cartridge, he still had hunting and silhouette shooting in mind. The term “Combat Magnum” was first used with the introduction of the S&W model 19 which was designed from the ground up for LE/military use which also makes a very fine defensive handgun for civilians (the height of tactical back then). Decades later they refined it further and came out with the model 586 with a full underbarrel lug as standard as the extra weight helps control recoil.

    • BillCa

      Historically, the “Combat” moniker was first applied to 4-inch barreled guns. The first was the Combat Masterpiece which later became the Model 15. The Model 15 was simply a 4-inch variant of the K-38 Masterpiece (Model 14) target gun. When the K-frame .357 was initially introduced, it was offered only in a 4-inch barrel as the Combat Magnum. A six-inch barrel wouldn’t be offered until 1963. That practice carried over with the introduction of the Model 586, since it was intended to replace the Model 19. Interestingly, the 581 was named the Distinguished Service Magnum – a reference to the fixed sights and the 586 was called the Distinguished Combat Magnum.

      As to why a shorter barrel was deemed to be the “combat” gun, the answer was simple. The shorter barrel was faster to maneuver and bring to bear on target than the longer, heavier six-inch barrel, especially from a police holster. In the 70’s, most of our guys were issued Model 10’s or 15’s. Most of the guys who bought their own guns opted for the Model 19 which was considered as good as Colt’s Python, but lighter.

      The full underlug on the x81/x86 models helps reduce felt recoil and keep the gun on target when full goose gonzo .357 loads are used. Unfortunately, the L-Frames ended up weighing the same as the N-Frame Model 27/28’s (41 to 44 oz), just without the massive bulk.

    • arizona

      Compare the amount of hand work in six gun to your plastic pistol. I am always surprised how reasonable these weapons are. The real shock is why sigs whose slides are literally stamped out and H&K’s polymer pistols are so expensive.

  • Tim V

    Are they gonna bring back disco too? What about chest hair and gold chains?

    • Samopal

      Greek here. Chest hair is out? Since when? Nobody told me.

    • SKS guy

      oooo… can we please? maby bell bottoms and fro picks!
      any way, can someone explane this lock y’all are all up in arms about?

  • Brian P.

    I have wanted this thing ever since they first announced they’d be bringing it back. If a revolver could ever be called sexy, this would be the one to claim it.

  • BanditZeroThree

    Sexy yes, but a girl next door when standing next to my Colt Python.
    B3
    Out

    • Mephisto

      Agreed.

  • H. L.

    Very nice. I appreciate a good wheel gun! There is a certain artistry to them.

  • http://jovianthunderbolt.blogspot.com j t bolt

    I’ll buy new S&W revolvers when one I want come without the zit again.

  • P161911

    A 586 6″ was my first centerfire handgun. I got it for Christmas in about 1985. I was 13. I still have it. It is on the list of “keepers”. I think it sold for about $300 back then. It had to go back to the factory once or twice right after I got it. It kept locking up. Now it works great and can make nice little one hole groups with 38 wadcutters. The single action, after several thousand rounds, is like glass.

  • Lance

    YES!!!

    I notice revolver gone up in price since most classic gun makers dont make many any more. 586 is the 2nd best on the market only 2nd to the Colt Python. I hope they do well and also bring the Model 28 back too.

    MOST of ALL Colt better bring back the Python and Anaconda back ASAP.

    • SpudGun

      I must admit, I very rarely agree with you on anything Lance, but this time you have hit the nail on the head quite succintly. I have even given you a thumbs up.

      Just when I have the world figured out, something new always surprises me. ;)

    • BillCa

      Lance,
      Sadly, Colt is very unlikely to re-enter the wheelgun market. I spoke to Colt at length at the 2009 SHOT show and the official word was that it was too expensive for them to build DA revolvers that were competitive. They found that even die-hard Python fans would balk at what it would cost to produce a new one today with the same high quality workmanship. Labor costs are far too high due to the agreement between Colt, the state of Connecticut and the unions. Sad. Especially because I’d love to find some nice D-frame Colts for my collection.

      For simply punching holes in paper, however, the S&W Model 14 was very close to being as accurate as a Python (in my competition days it sometimes came down measuring the size of the x-ring hole to find the winner).

    • W

      biggest mistake i ever made in my life was getting rid of my python in 1999 if i remember right. When I bought another one recently to make up for my foolish mistake, I paid a pretty good chunk of change for it.

  • http://ak-adventurer.net/ Ak-adventurer

    Meh. looks good, but I ain’t doing S&W until the trigger is as buttery smooth as my Security Six.

    G.

    • Rattler911

      From reading these posts, comments and replies regarding the action on the 586, it’s obvious most of these ‘Experts’ have never fired (or probably seen- other than pictures) the new 586. I purchased a new Classic 586 (6″) at the end of February. Comparing this to a ‘Buttery Smooth’ Ruger? That frosted me, as I own a Ruger and you get what you pay for! My 586 has the crispest trigger (right out of the box) of any revolver I own. The have made changes to the action which are phenominal compared to my old 686. I also found my 586 to have a much better trigger feel than my Trooper MKIII (1976) and my Python (1980), both of which are awesome but required trigger jobs to satisfy my requirements. As for my 586, it’s perfection (I did however back off the hammer spring tension a bit- my preference) and I wrote S&W to thank the Gunsmith who did such a fantastic tuning on it!

  • Bill

    I’m waiting for a 586 Plus 3″, Or a Cali Legal L-comp, as I’m having hissy fits as I can’t get the guns I want in this state.

  • http://in-defense-of-liberty.com/ DevsAdvocate

    EWWWWWWW HILLARY LOCK! Get that shit off your guns S&W.

  • Doom

    I will not give Smith & Wesson my money until they remove those ghastly locks from the sides of their guns, and wont buy an M&P 9 until they get rid of that stupid WARNING! on the side, guns may be tools, but they deserve to be beautiful too, and not have tons of writing all over them, just another reason I love my plane Jane glocknade 17 and all my milsurp goodies, made for people who use the safety in their heads rather than needed crap all over their guns.

    • BillCa

      Agree. Those fugly warnings keep me away from Ruger products too.

  • El Duderino

    Yeah the lock bugs me too. I really want a 627 5″ but would rather sit on my cash for a pre-lock 686+ even though they’re about as common as obese supermodels.

  • Steve

    Lock= NO SALE.

  • Raoul O’Shaughnessy

    Meh..call me when they bring back the 581/681.

  • DrewN

    I’ve bought like 5 of these new classic’s with the lock and haven’t had a lick of trouble. Haven’t even bothered to take them out like I planned, but it would take about 3 minutes if you wanted to. I don’t love the lock, but I do love that someone is still producing blue revolvers with wood furniture instead of those stainless atrocities and I’m happy to buy a few so they keep making ‘em.

    • Doom

      Im not worried about any problems, I just dont want the ugly hole in the side of my gun when it is not needed.

      • DrewN

        It is ugly. Doesn’t bother me too much, but I have a buddy who epoxied or brazed closed the hole on his and if you weren’t looking for it you’d probably never notice.

    • Komrad

      You bought five identical handguns? To what end? Planning to sell them later or are you a dealer or what?

      • DrewN

        Nah, I bought a 10,27 and a 57 for me. I bought my kid a 29 and my father in law a 36.

  • ap

    Security Six with beefed up bbl, there’s your masterpiece.

  • http://eightshotsandaping.blogspot.com Aaron

    Any revolver with a full underlug simply looks great.

    • BillCa

      @Aaron, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I always preferred S&W’s partial underlug over the look of the Python/Diamondback myself. When the 586 came out, I said If I wanted a Python, I’d buy a Python. Without the vent rib, it just doesn’t work for me.

  • BillCa

    The 586 is a fine handgun for target or hunting purposes. But if you want a real combat handgun, the fixed sight Model 581 is the way to go. The four-inch, fixed sight revolver is as durable as a hammer and you never worry about snagging or whacking the rear sights. At handgun distances, it’s simple enough to regulate fixed sights.

    Re: The Hillary Hole – A question: of those complaining about it, how many boycotted S&W products when they announced the addition of the lock — and do you know why it’s still there?

    • Ryan

      Why is it still there?

      • http://rocketsong.blogspot.com/ Mark Horning

        It’s still there because Saf-T-lock (the folks who invented the stupid lock) actually bought out S&W.

  • John Doe

    Not a wheelgun fan (don’t own one, fired one maybe half a dozen times), but you have to appreciate their simplistic, robust beauty.

  • http://www.cheapbbguns.co.uk/ Nathaniel

    It’s pretty Impressive an Airsoft Gun but a little to costly for me to afford. Also, I don’t feel I have mastered the art enough to own such a lovely masterpiece.

    • SKSlover

      stfu.

  • http://Corvetteforum.com Jimmy P

    I just picked up my 4 inch S&W Model 586 this past Friday, June 15, 2012, and the gun is a work of beauty, fqkn awesome beautiful .357 Magnum, like a piece of artwork, I LOVE IT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/MeyerDavidD Dave Meyer

    I like that they are bringing back the 586 but would prefer it with the old style cylinder release and without the hillary hole above it.