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Smith & Wesson Model 686SSR Rockford IL

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Forestcity Firearms
(815) 262-4279
137 N. Chicago Ave.
Rockford, IL
 
Wellen`s Guns- Ammo & Gunsmithing
(815) 623-2935
10404 Moonglow Drive
Roscoe, IL
 
Kavanaugh Gun Repair Inc
309359414
36 King Richard Dr
Mackinaw, IL
 
Guns & Gadgets Inc
(708) 258-4867
122 North Second Street
Peotone, IL
 
Lechleiter, Edward H
217735175
530 Maywood Drive
Lincoln, IL
 
Black Hawk Gun Shop
(815) 547-4133
1443 South State Street
Belvidere, IL
 
Logan County Hardware
706 Keokuk St
Lincoln, IL
 
Midwest Gun Collectors Association
(309) 274-2977
Po Box 527
Chillicothe, IL
 
Vulcani, Dennis
815925752
Rr 1 Box 212L
Hennepin, IL
 
Griffin, James H
217735242
401 N Chicago St
Lincoln, IL
 

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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