Smith & Wesson recently announced that it would be discontinuing the .357 Magnum K-Frame revolvers, including the Model 65 and 66. For decades these stainless-steel round guns were extremely popular with American police agencies, but problems arose with some when they were fed a steady diet of Magnum ammo. In 1981 S&W announced the L-Frame revolver that, while only slightly larger than the K-Frame, was capable of standing up to all the .357s you might care to launch out of it.
Hello all, new member here. I'm preparing to buy a new revolver this weekend (my first) at a local gun show, and am thinking of either the 686 or 620, w/4-inch barrel. As far as I can tell they're both very similar except for the full lug on the 686 and the 7th shot on the 620. Am I correct? Is there a purpose for the full lug, apart from aesthetics? I hear a lot about the 686 from friends, and have read a lot about its almost legendary status. But I don't hear much about the 620. Your advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
I have a chance to buy a Model 620, but all I know is that it's a stainless, 4", 7-shot .357 that doesn't have the full under lug barrel (the look I prefer) and that it's been discontinued. I have seen it and it looks immaculate.