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Oglesby & Oglesby Gunmakers
(217) 487-7100
744 West Andrew Road
Springfield, IL
 
Precision Gunsmithing
(217) 585-1911
4769 Jeffory Street
Springfield, IL
 
Schwabe, Ronald R
14135 Fatima Dr
Athens, IL
 
Cliff`s Rod & Gun
(309)274-9069 , (309)274-5218
15704 North Von Achen Drive
Chillicothe, IL
 
Forestcity Firearms
(815) 262-4279
137 N. Chicago Ave.
Rockford, IL
 
Bullet Express Indoor Shooting Range
(800) 562-8841
4885 Industrial Dr.
Springfield, IL
 
Stults Scientific Engineering Corp
217529372
3313 S 6Th St Hwy Frontage Rd W
Springfield, IL
 
Gunworld
(630) 595-0310
421 E. Irving Park Rd.
Bensenville, IL
 
Jording, Leroy William Jr
309369772
1097 County Rd 1900 E
Secor, IL
 
Les Baercustom, Inc
(309) 658-2716
29601 3
Hillsdale, 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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