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Laurel Rod & Gun Club
(406) 628-6292
Riverside Park
Laurel, MT
 
Laurel Rifle Club
406628460
Po Box 21
Laurel, MT
 
Sports Inc
406538349
333 2Nd Avenue North
Lewistown, MT
 
Hair, Ted W
406366229
509 4Th Ave N
Lewistown, MT
 
Maxwell Gun Shop
406538860
4633 Cottonwood Crk Rd
Lewistown, MT
 
Tims Gunsmithing
613 5Th Ave
Laurel, MT
 
Central Montana Handgunners Club Inc
(406) 538-3476
Brandywine Lane
Lewistown, MT
 
Queens Connection
406626581
27500 Old Hwy 10
Huson, MT
 
Freewheeling Tony Smith, The
406538315
712 9Th Ave N
Lewistown, MT
 
Watkins Paint & Supply
406788593
3488 Cora Creek Rd
Raynesford, MT
 

Smith & Wesson 686SSR

While I am often accused of being a dinosaur, I am proud to be one of an ever-shrinking group of handgunners: a revolver fan. To my way of thinking, the handgun hasn’t been invented yet that can equal the ergonomics, ease of use, reliability and shootability of a fine, medium-frame, double-action revolver. And of the breed, none is finer or more famous than those produced by Smith & Wesson.

In 1935 S&W introduced what was to prove the most effective law enforcement handgun cartridge ever: the .357 S&W Magnum. Early .357 revolvers were based on S&W’s large N frame, and they were rather large, heavy and expensive. Requests for a lighter magnum revolver were answered in 1955 with the .357 Combat Magnum (Model 19), a K-frame revolver with a heavy barrel and an ejector rod shroud to provide recoil-dampening weight.

This was followed by the stainless steel Model 66, which was an instant hit with civilian shooters and police. But there was a downside. When fed a steady diet of magnum ammo, these K-frame revolvers sometimes shot themselves loose or went out of time. To rectify this problem, in 1981 S&W introduced the slightly larger and stronger L frame, which was capable of digesting an unlimited diet of magnum ammo. The blue Model 586 and stainless steel Model 686 provided an excellent compromise of weight, power and performance....

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