My interest in shooting doesn’t stop at the 50-yard line. It begins there. I consider pistol shooting a necessary evil: a component of 3-gun competitions that I have to get through to get to the fun stuff. So when it came time for me to buy a pistol for competitions, I went for a “safe” choice: the SIG SAUER p226 9mm. Revolvers weren’t on my radar. Not for competition. Not for self-defense. Not for fun. And then, over the past year, I’ve been exposed to a number of pistols that have opened my eyes to the joys of the wheelgun. None more effectively than the Smith & Wesson Performance Center 67-5.
This is a Smith & Wesson Model 67, the stainless Combat Masterpiece in .38 Special. According to Supica & Nahas, it was manufactured in 1974. This one’s a no-dash model from the first production run and has the stainless sights. It also has the tapered and pinned barrel, which would later be replaced with a straight, heavy barrel to match the Magnum frames.
I already have a 686 6", but am looking to a 4" wheelgun. I love the 686, but am considering a 67 for nostalgia purposes (my father had one, and it was the first handgun I ever shot). However, nostalgia aside, is there any practical reason to choose a 67 over a 686? I know, of course, one is .38 K frame and the other is .357 L frame (with a full underlug). However, is the 67 any more accurate with .38 loads than a 686? Also, the internals (trigger, etc.) are the same, correct (if both are hammer mounted firing pin models with no locks)? Can the 67 shoot +P rated ammo?