The Smith & Wesson Model 627 was introduced in the early 1990s as sort of an upgraded version of the classic Model 27—a revolver introduced during the Great Depression. Shortly after the 627 was introduced, the firearm-shooting public quickly welcomed it and, like the Model 27, it has become quite popular.
My dad has a Smith and Wesson 627 Performance Center revolver that I’m obsessed with. The gun is a beast and I can’t shoot it nearly as well as a semi auto but I am still in love with it even though I don’t see buying one for myself (or at least it’s way down the list). But it’s hard to deny the appeal of an 8 shot 357 revolver that works with moon clips.
I am looking to buy a 4" 357mag and I have narrowed it down to the S&W 627 or 686, just wondering why one over the other, the 627 is more money and 8 rounds with moon-clips which has some useful purpose. I am not sure the larger frame and built more for competition 627 is it practical for woods gun and target use.