Decked out, the Smith & Wesson Pro Series Model 986 milks the utmost speed and accuracy from the 9mm.
Generally, when we think of a 9mm handgun what comes to mind is a semi-automatic pistol. Logical, given the cartridge was developed for this style of gun and for most of its history has remained in its original field of play. There are, however, exceptions. Here and there revolver-smiths have chambered guns for the rimless cartridge, often to good effect. One such example is the Smith & Wesson Performance Center Pro Series Model 986.
Quite a piece of work, the seven-round revolver is a grand option for competition or target shooting for those who want to pitch 9mm in something other than a semi. And it’s a looker to boot. The Model 986 has the alluring lines you expect from a Performance Center gun, but there’s more to it than just aesthetics. It’s built to perform.
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Hand-cut and fitted, the revolver is tight as a drum and has the little extras that ensure it gets the most out of the 9mm. In addition to a precision crowned 5-inch stainless-steel barrel and fluted titanium cylinder, the handgun also features an adjustable rear sight and full lug, tapered at the fore for a smooth draw. One catch, since it shoots a rimless cartridge you’ll have to become accustomed to using moon clips. But overall that’s a boon in most cases, making reloading quick and easy.
This level of performance doesn’t come on the cheap, however. The Pro Series Model 986 runs a pretty penny, with an MSRP of $1,149.
Pro Series Model 986 Specs
Barrel Length: 5″
Overall Length: 10.5″
Front Sight: Patridge
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Action: Single/Double Action
Weight: 35.0 oz
Cylinder Material: Titanium Alloy
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Frame Material: Stainless Steel
Frame Finish: Matte Silver
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