So, when the 686 came along on the “L” frame, it got my attention. It was a handful, but it handled very well. Since then, every variation of the Model 686 I’ve fired has performed rather well. I can’t recall an inaccurate one—and that counts with me ahead of everything else.

The company added the 686 Plus with its 7-round cylinder in 1996, according to a history of the revolver I found online. That would make my introduction to the 7-shooter about right.

Along comes the Performance Center Pro Series Model 686 Plus and my guess is a lot of people have simply drooled. Right, it’s just another .357 Magnum. Just keep thinking that.

I did a little homework for this article just to get the specs right. This incarnation has a precision crowned 5-inch barrel with an interesting vent rib, overall length of 10.6 inches, interchangeable front sight, adjustable rear sight, synthetic grip, stainless steel construction with matte finish and it hits the scale at 38.2 ounces. The teardrop hammer and trigger are chromed and it features a trigger stop. And, it’s a 7-shooter with an un-fluted cylinder.