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Saturday
Jan052013

Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver Field Test Shooting Review

This is the official Field Test or Shooting Video Review for the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver. If you haven't checked out my Table top Video Review for the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686, make sure to do so as I have some more photos there and also all the specifications and details including the Pros & Cons for the Smith & Wesson 357.

In this part of the review I test the Smith & Wesson 357 CO2 Pellet Revolver using my Chronograph to see what the 5 shot feet per second average is using a brand new CO2. I got pretty close to the factory (even a bit over) claimed 425 fps using RWS 7 grain lead pellets on this rather cold day so you can expect better fps on a nice warm summer day.

I also take the Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver back 30 feet and shoot it at a target using a semi rested position (sand bag up front, standing in the back) and again although I did not get teh same half inch grouping I got in my preliminary testing, I did manage to get a nice tight grouping , keep in mind the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 is an action shooter but is capable of target pistol like accuracy.

All in all the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver performed very well. That said I was able to get tighter groups and higher fps so expect this Umarex high grade CO2 pistol to perform very well for you.

Watch my Field Test Shooting Youtube Video Review for the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686:

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Friday
Dec282012

Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver Table Top Review

Type: Pellet Revolver.
Manufacturer: Umarex.
Model: 686.
Materials: Mostly all metal.
Weight: 2.75 pounds.
Barrel: 6 inch, rifled.
Propulsion: 12 gram CO2.
Action: Revolver - single and double action.
Ammunition Type: .177 caliber pellets.
Ammunition Capacity: 10 shot rotary magazine.
FPS: 425+.
Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 Revolver is very light and smooth in both single and double action. Single action is much shorter and a bit lighter with just a very short take up to it. In double action it does get a hair heavier and much longer as is expected but still very usable and easy to shoot quickly and with accuracy.

Accuracy: I found the Umarex S&W 686 pellet revolver to have some of the best accuracy I have tested out of a pistol, getting about a half inch grouping from 30 feet out in a semi rested position (sand bag up front, standing in the back). I also put 5 rounds through my Chrony Chronograph and the Umarex 357 686 averaged right around 450 fps using RWS 7 grain lead pellets which is even better than the claimed 425 fps from Umarex.

Build Quality: The Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver is almost entirely metal with the acceptation of the rubber grips and front removable sight, it has a very substantial overall weight and feel to it coming in at just under three pounds. Keep in mind this is one of the higher end German made Umarex guns and you can tell in the workmanship and fit and finish. All the mechanical parts work flawlessly and have very tight tolerances, the finish is also superb. Yes the price is up there but this is a an airgun you will most likely be passing down to future generations one day as a collectors item, and I would imagine also in working condition. 

Realism: The Umarex S&W 686 is a replica of the real stell Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum and overall looks pretty similar in shape and style. It would have been nice to have seen a full swing our cylinder but this would have meant a more complicated design with potentially less performance? In a perfect world, loadable shell casings like the Dan Wesson would have been very cool but keep in mind this is an airgun that really performs in terms of power and accuracy. Mine was the silver version, I would have liked to have seen a color matched magazine but since it is metal it could be color matched after the fact. The Smith & Wesson licensing and markings along with the heavy weight, hidden CO2 Tab and recessed barrel help to give the Umarex S&W 686 a very believable look and feel.
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Pros: 

  • Comes in a nice hard shell moulded case.
  • Pretty much all metal, has a nice solid feel and good weight.
  • Higher than claimed fps (right around 450 fps)
  • Amazing accuracy, one of my best pistols tested to date.
  • Very high quality German made workmanship.
  • Very comfortable rubber grips.
  • Fully adjustable rear sight (windage and elevation).
  • Well hidden CO2 tab.
  • Full S&W licensing, good overall replica.
  • Single and double action with a nice trigger in both SA and DA.
  • Magazines are removable for easy loading and have a high 10 shot load capacity. 

Cons:

  • A bit on the expensive side of things.
  • Rotary magazine is not color matched on the Silver version.
  • On the low side of shots per CO2 (About 60-70).
  • No rail mount for a accessories of any type.

Comments:
The Umarex Smith & Wesson 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver is not for everyone and I say that because the $250 plus price point is going to be just too much for many buyers. If you can find a way to get past the price then you will have a very high quality German made air gun on your hands, not only are the Smith & Wesson 568/686 CO2 Pellet revolvers very well made but they also perform as good if not better in terms of accuracy and velocity then even some dedicated target air pistols I have tested. Looks will not let you down either and I would not be surprised that this gun if well taken care of can be passed down to future generations as a working collectors item. If you are looking for a high quality, excellent performing replica pellet revolver then make sure to consider the Umarex Smith & Wesson 586 and 686 line of CO2 replica pellet revolvers.

Watch my YouTube Table Top Review of the Umarex Smith & Wesson 357 686 CO2 Pellet Revolver:

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Tuesday
Dec182012

Umarex Smith & Wesson 686 Revolver - Walther CP99 - Colt Government 1911 A1 Pellet Gun Update Video

Sometimes we all get caught up in which gun is brand new and has the most realistic features. I wanted to put the focus back on a few high quality German made Umarex Airguns that where designed from the ground up to be very good replicas but also take into consideration that yes, they are airguns and so they should be designed to operate like an airgun and have excellent build quality, and performance. Quality and performance sometimes gets sacrificed on newer guns that just go after realism and can sacrifice form over function.

Sure these German made Umarex air pistols are not cheap, but hold one in your hand and shoot it and you will quickly see that they are built to last a lifetime, these guns are an investment!

I have already reviewed the Colt Government 1911 A1 (Satin version), I wanted to also show you how it looks in the all black model. Two other Umarex German made guns I have been asked often to review are the Walther CP99 and Smith & Wesson 586/686 Revolvers. I am happy to inform you that I have these guns on hand and will be reviewing them shortly for you.

You can watch my Update video to see a bit of a preview of these very fine German made Umarex pellet shooters:

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