Smith & Wesson 686 Competitor With Weighted Barrel

General Information

SKU: 170319
Model: PERFORMANCE CENTER® Model 686 Competitor 6" Weighted Barrel
Caliber: 357 Magnum, 38 S&W SPECIAL +P
Capacity: 6
Barrel Length: 6" / 15.2 cm
Overall Length: 11.5"
Front Sight: Patridge Dovetail
Rear Sight: Adjustable, LPA TXT Competitive Series, TXT0107
Action: Single/Double Action
Grip: Hogue® Synthetic
Weight: 55.3 oz / 1,567.7g
Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Frame Size: L-Frame
Frame Material: Stainless Steel
Frame Finish: Matte Silver
Grip Butt: Round Butt
Purpose: Competition Shooting, Hunting, State Compliance
Hammer: Chrome Hammer
Trigger: Chrome Trigger with Trigger Stop
Underlug: Adjustable Barrel Weights
Tuning: Performance Center Tuned Action
MSRP: $1446 (in 2020)

    Smith & Wesson page for this model

    Price search for SKU 170319 on Gun.Deals - list of places to buy this model

What came in the box: The gun (obviously), wrapped in S&W paper, with all the barrel weights installed. A set of light plastic spacers to put in the gun when removing one or more of the barrel weights (so the remaining weights don't bounce around). The spacers come on a bolt to keep them together and organized. A tool to adjust the LPA rear sight. Two of the keys to lock the action (at the little hole just above the cylinder release. A cable lock with 2 keys. Manual. Product registration card. It all came in a cheap grey plastic S&W-branded case with eggshell-style foam padding (the kind you should never store your gun in).

Trigger: Right out of the box, my trigger pull in single-action broke right at 5lbs. I don't know what the trigger pull weight was in double-action, because my trigger pull gauge only goes up to 8lbs, and that didn't begin to move the trigger.

Reviews & Media

    American HandGunner Review - note

    Guns Magazine Review - note

    Smith & Wesson Forum - Revolvers 1980-present - note

    Guns & Ammo Video Overview - note


Owner's Manuals & Inspection Guides

    Owner's Manual - from 2018

    Owner's Manual - from 2014

    Inspection Guide

    Revolver Inspection Guide - from Jim March, dated March 20, 2011

    1-page Revolver Inspection Guide - from Jim March


Disassembly Information

    Shooting Illustrated's Guide to Revolver Disassembly and Cleaning - note

    Jerry Kuhnhausen's book "The S&W Revolvers: A Shop Manual" at Midway - or at Amazon

    S&W Rebound Slide Spring Tool

    How to remove the side plate - short video from Brownells

    3-screw vs 4-screw vs 5-screw S&W Revolvers - short video from Brownells




    Numrich - 686 Parts

    Wood Grips - Checkered

    Nill Grips - wide variety of very nice wood grips

    S&W K or L Frame Round Butt Rubber Conversion Monogrip Black - to my eye, these round-butt-to-square-butt-conversion grips appear to be the grips supplied by the factory on the 686 Competitor

    LPA Sights - website listed for the rear sight, defaults to Italian, but in the top right corner, click the drop-down arrow next to where it says "IT", and change it to "EN" to get the page in English. The TXT0107 model is described as "Rear sight in silver finish, with target blade". Page for the TXT0107 model. Similar models have black finish, fiber-optic front sights, and/or fiber-optic rear blades. The sight blade height is adjustable from 10mm to 10.5mm. There are 3 screw holes in the top of the frame, but only the forward-most 2 holes are used to attach the LPA sight, covering the rearmost hole.




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    Speed Beez Holster for the 686 Competitor

    Revolver Supply

    Bowen Classic Arms



Revolver Gunsmiths

    Northern Virginia Gunworks in Springfield, VA. - Sandy Garret & son Robert - 7518-K Fullerton Rd.,Springfield, VA 22153 (703)644-6504 (recommended by people on