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Smith & Wesson Announces New Performance Center Revolvers

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Written by Jacki Billings

Smith & Wesson expands its Performance Center lineup, launching a pair of new competition-ready revolvers — the Model 686 and Model 686 Plus.

Smith & Wesson boosts aesthetics with both models offering a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrel with a matte silver finish. Chambered in .357 Magnum as well as .38 Special +P, the revolvers come equipped with an unfluted cylinder, vented rib barrel, and a chromed custom teardrop hammer.

The Model 686 is 6 round piece supporting a 4-inch barrel, while the Model 686 Plus boasts more bullets with a 7 round capacity and 5-inch barrel. Additionally, the Plus provides a cylinder cut for moon clips. Tipping scales at 37.9 ounces, the Model 686 is slightly lighter than its solid sister, with the 686 Plus weighing in at a hearty 38.4-ounces.

SW M686

The wheel guns are purpose-built for competition, with Smith & Wesson delivering enhancements created for a ready to go out-of-the-box feel. In addition to an interchangeable orange front sight, the Model 686 and 686 Plus feature a Performance Center tuned action and speed release thumbpiece for quicker reloads.

Tony Miele, General Manager of the Performance Center series, said the revolvers provide a complete package for shooters looking to snag a gun off the shelf on the way to a match.

SW 686P

“When we began designing these revolvers, we wanted to develop an out-of-the-box solution for those seeking a revolver for competition shooting. Equipped with a speed release thumbpiece, tuned action, and unique visual appearance, these new revolvers have attractive features for both new and seasoned competitive shooters,” Miele said in a statement. “The new Performance Center Model 686 and 686 Plus feature Performance Center enhancements that provide an excellent foundation for shooters looking to customize and gain a competitive edge in the shooting sports, or for those who are new to the sport and looking for an excellent competition-ready value.”



Smith & Wesson said its Performance Center lineup blends “old-world craftsmanship” with modern technology, offering enhancements for better performance. The Model 686 and 686 Plus are the latest to hit the series, which already boasts 52 revolvers.



Both the Model 686 and 686 Plus feature the same price tag of $966.

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