Last week, some Yahoo elsewhere on the internet made a BOLD claim. A claim I just can't abide. I quote: "Most people would say that currently the best revolver on the market is the"... 686+ 3", round butt. "the Best" "BEST"! ?? "THE BEST"!! ?? This is ridiculous, i thought. Obscene! Blasphemy! I Scoff in your direction! This oaf. This Yokel! How dare he?!
As luck would have it, the exact gun in question showed up in the local Fer Sales. So, I bought it! I can't have some boor on the internet claiming that this thing is the "best revolver on the market"!
I picked it up Wednesday. The seller included factory grips and an extra set.
Instantly, I loved the balance and the way the wood grips settled into my palm. It pointed like a finger. The action was solid, smooth, but the unfluted cylinder rotated with a heavy clunk.
This was an interesting development. What if this really Was a great gun? Eh, no big deal, it'll shoot like a j-frame, hit some nerves but not a barn-side, and I'll hate it just fine.
Today was the day. I went to the range. This thing shoots fantastic. It hits where-ever it's pointed. It sits in the hand perfectly. It blows a beautiful fireball with magnums. Thank goodness it holds 7 rounds instead of a proper Six...
This thing kind of is a fantastic wheelgun. It even got the lady-friend to say “I like that one!”, which she has never said about a wheelgun before. (she's weird.)
It's still definitely NOT the best revolver on the market today, but unfortunately, I'm not real sure what's better....
Sean.... accompanied a friend to gun shop a few years ago. Quite to my surprise, she fetched a fluted seven shot Model 686 with 3-inch barrel. Good shooter, correct power for the person packing. Near as I can tell, “best” is a synonym for “preference.” Certainly, your choice fits your affinity for medium bores. Myself, having been poisoned by the speed of a 4-inch Model 19, a .357 of more limited power potential. As long as our affinities bow to the target, we are on the right track.
“The best revolver on the market” accumulates correct dimensions in a model durable, accurate and smooth, to compliment marksmanship and lay appropriate power on target. David Bradshaw
I accidentally got a new 686 Pro from a New Mexico dealer who had mislabeled it. The minute I got it I thought, I need to call the dealer for a return or sell this. The dealer said try it, you'll like it and it's several hundred dollars more than the one you ordered.
After firing it, I found the accuracy fantastic, but the trigger was like 14 in DA and 6 in SA. Totally unusable by me. Smith said send it back on our dollar. SW called and asked what weight I wanted. I got it back within the week at exactly what I asked; 8 and 3, smooth as butter. Perfect.
You can probably guess that a shooter that has a perfect trigger and one little hole accurate is not going anywhere.
The interpretation of 'Best' is up to the individual shooter, that to me means many things. Acuracy?...you bet, Looks?...it better be a looker....erganomics? Yup. My most accurate DA S&W is a model 15 Combat Masterpiece. This revolver is capable of one hole groups at 25 yard with it's preferred load. Off of a bench rest of course.....
And that recipe is a Speer 148 gn. HBWC ahead of 3 gn. of Bullseye. Shooting these mild shooting but good stopping power loads is like eating popcorn, ya just can't stop.