Smith & Wesson 686 .357 magnum revolver

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




The Smith & Wesson 686 revolver has a 6 shot swing-out cylinder, is chambered for 357 Magnum and is made entirely from stainless steel.

The 686 has been available with barrel lengths from between 2-1/2” up to 8-3/8″ as standard sizes.

Smith & Wesson introduced the 686 in 1980. It is the stainless steel version of the 586, which was a blued steel finish. It has sold well, the stainless material of its construction making it very resistant to corrosion for marine or naval use.

It has been adopted by French CIGN units for amphibious operations, by Norwegian police, by Luxemburg Grand Ducal police and by US Naval special ops personnel.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for certain specialist units  use from the 1980 up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a Smith & Wesson 686 revolver with a fully lugged 8 3/4”. barrel. It is chambered for .357 Magnum, is fitted with factory custom grips, adjustable sights and is in a stainless finish.

Film Set Notes

Added bonus with revolvers is the option of blanks loaded with black powder that gives a slower burn than smokeless loads, resulting in a bright muzzle flash, accompanied by an amount of smoke, a dramatic effect.

A revolver also has some of the most distinctive loading sounds when cylinder is snapped closed or the hammer cocked. Worth the trouble of getting some good close miked wild tracks of these sounds – it is good ‘punctuation’ in a drama soundscape.