New Performance Center 686 and 686 Plus Revolvers from Smith & Wesson

    Smith Wesson 686 PC

    The Smith & Wesson Performance Center turns out some great shooting revolvers. I’ve had the chance to shoot a few Performance Center guns, and I’ve been impressed by them. Smith & Wesson recently announced the Performance Center is now turning out two new guns: the 686 and 686 Plus.

    Considered by some to be the perfect example of a combat revolver, the Model 686 is a heavy duty, double action wheel gun chambered for the .357 Magnum. The standard 686 holds six rounds in the cylinder while the Plus model adds one more for a total of seven.

    Smith Wesson 686 PC

    These guns are a deviation from the standard combat revolvers with a number of features that might catch the attention of sport shooters looking for an edge in a revolver competition. Among the enhancements:

    • oversized thumbpiece designed by the Performance Center to help speed up reloads
    • tall orange front sight that can be swapped out
    • tuned action
    • unfluted cylinder
    • vented ribbed barrel
    • chromed trigger with stop
    • custom teardrop shaped hammer that has been chromed

    The Performance Center 686 has a 4″ barrel while the Plus model has a 5″ barrel. Even with the longer barrel, the Plus gun is only 0.5 ounces heavier: 37.9 oz vs 38.4 oz. Both guns carry the same suggested retail price: $966. That price is within reach of many people looking for an easy way to get started in revolver competitions. The guns have a limited lifetime warranty and service policy.

    This is not the first Performance Center 686 that has been introduced by Smith & Wesson. For example, the team released a 2.5″ carry model for 2014.

    Richard Johnson

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