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S&W M686 Plus 357MAG/38SP +P 3"

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Model: 164300
Condition: Factory New
Bud's Item Number: 43703
UPC: 022188643008
MFG: Smith & Wesson

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Smith & Wesson L-Frame revolvers are built to suit the demands of the most serious firearms enthusiast. Available in six and seven shot cylinders, the L-Frame has a strong, durable frame and barrel built for continuous Magnum® usage. As police officers and hunters will attest, this firearm is made to withstand heavy use.
Finish Two Tone
Type Semi-Automatic
Action Break Open
Caliber 45 ACP/450
Barrel Length 2.62"
Capacity 36 rd
Safety No Manual Safety
Grips Carbon Fiber
Sights Trench Style
Weight 36.8 oz
Finish Case Hardened
Type AK Pistol
Action Striker Fire Action
Caliber 50 Action Express
Barrel Length 6"
Capacity 16 + 1
Safety 4 Point
Grips Snakeskin
Sights White Front, Low Profile Carry Rear
Weight 36.8 oz
Finish Diamond Plate
Type AK Pistol
Action Double Action
Caliber 40 S&W
Barrel Length 4 1/3"
Capacity 5 + 1, 6 + 1 ( Grip Extension)
Safety Trigger/Firing Pin/Decocking/Drop
Grips Checkered
Sights XS Sight System
Weight 36.8 oz
Finish Stainless
Type Revolver
Action Single/Double
Caliber 357 MAG / 38 SPECIAL
Barrel Length 3"
Capacity 7
Safety No Manual Safety
Grips Black
Sights Adjustable
Weight 36.8 oz
Finish Midnight Blue
Type Single Shot
Action Striker Fire Action
Caliber 45 Glock Automatic Pistol (GAP)
Barrel Length 6.02"
Capacity 13 1/19 1 (Grip Extension)
Safety Trigger Only
Grips Desert
Sights White Front, Low Profile Carry Rear
Weight 36.8 oz

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Reviewed By: Brian N on 03/29/2014 Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
I already own and love a 6" 686. I'd been wanting a Plus in a shorter barrel for my extended deep woods excursions. I waited for a while for a 2 - 3" 686 to come available, and bought this revolver in mid-February.

I didn't notice during delivery inspection that the front sight's pin is missing. I found some metal shavings where the front blade sight sits in its mount. It's probably related to the fact that the gun shot way low out of the box, like 6 - 8" low at 10 yards. A sight pin is a $2 part, and anyway, I'm planning to replace the front blade with Meprolight night sights, so I'm not concerned about this.

I've spent about 6 weeks with it now, put close to 1000 rounds through it. Once I got it sighted in, it shoots pretty well. It's not the long-range threat my 6" 686 is, but it easily groups a couple of inches at combat distances and it's a lot easier to carry.

The trigger is crisp and good, as you'd expect from an S&W, and the 3" barrel length gives it good balance. At 35 oz, it's heavy enough to absorb a lot of .357 recoil. I did a fairly exhaustive test with different brands and weights of ammunition and found it relatively pleasant and accurate with most 158g bullet weights. I've settled on Speer Gold Dots as a carry round.

The Remington 125g HTP JHPs shot pretty well also. This is an old-school, mean factory load, but the 686 is heavy enough that it's just spicy, not brutal. I think that would be your very best manstopper among commercial defensive ammunition. I'm going to stick with the Gold Dots personally.

In the woods, I carry it inside the waist, in the small of my back in a Triple K #314. Fits great underneath a long shirttail shirt and pack, but is still handy.

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Reviewed By: Gregory E on 04/21/2012 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Very happy with the purchase from Buds. The 686 plus 3 inch is balanced so well and great for conceal carry. Also I like that no one has handled the brand new guns from Buds, my 686 have no turn rings, flawless new, unlike many gun shops where everyone has handled the weapon and possibly dry fired. Buds is the only way I will go in the future!

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Reviewed By: james c on 03/03/2012 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
I would like to let the world know what a great experience buying from Bud's. Very easy to deal with and I could not have gone to get the gun myself as fast as they got it to me. And as far as the gun goes, well its a smith & wesson how could you go wrong ? I will do more business in the future with Buds.

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Reviewed By: Anthony R on 12/21/2011 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
My first purchase from Bud's. Very pleased with the it. Very accurate, very sensitive trigger and nice weight.

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Reviewed By: Stephen M on 08/31/2011 Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
Have had this for over a year and only now have noticed after seeing almost every 686 owner Ive met and read of say there is a PROBLEM with the barrels being OVERTIGHTENED and causing offset frnt sights and some SCORING bullets due to offset cylinder/barrel alignment.... WELL GUESS WHAT, apparently it's been a problem at least since I purchased mine cause mine has same issue, luckily it only has ONE machine mark(!!) on top strap. Thought it'd get better in the performance center pistols, go check review's on the M627 357 2.5 Stainless Perf Center on this website, SAME THING. Called S&W today with no apology, just "we'll send out a label, and you can have two issues resolved, PICK THEM CAREFULLY!!", WHAT THE HECK, is this an $800 MSRP Smith And Wesson, or is this a WASR-10 Century. ABSOLUTELY NOT Bud's fault, but DANG!!! THIS SUCKS, others got theirs BACK from repair, with NO REPAIR, so hope it get's FIXED. Will report back.... So amazing in this era of CNC machining, and electronic measurement's THIS MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES of S&W revolvers are leaving in this condition, wish I could say "Oh, that's what you get with a......" IT'S A SMITH!! Oi vey!

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