The Smith & Wesson Distinguished Combat Magnum L-Frame has been around for over 30 years. Withstanding the test of time, it has been made in likely more variants than any other S&W .357 Magnum revolver. One of the latest renditions of this modern-day classic is the S&W Model 686 Plus 3-Inch. (The “Plus” refers to the revolver’s seven-shot cylinder.) This is a heavy-duty handgun that will handle a steady diet of magnum ammunition. The S&W’s adjustable rear sight, red front-sight ramp, decent trigger and ergonomic, rubber grips combine to offer outstanding accuracy potential and rapid-fire controllability.
With its 3-inch barrel and the advantage of a full-length ejector rod, this revolver is suitable for both duty and off-duty use. I checked it out at the range, firing three .357 Magnum loads from 15 yards, and wasn’t disappointed. Too bad the .357 Magnum seven-shooter didn’t come along during the heyday of the LE wheelgun. I would have liked to have had that extra shot! Keep an eye out for a full review in an upcoming issue of Combat Handguns. For more information, visit smith-wesson.com and 800-331-0852.