S&W Distinguished .357 Combat Magnum® Revolver Model No. 586 (1974)

Distinguished .357 Combat Magnum ® Revolver Model No. 586 (1974)



Frame Designation
357 Magnum/ .38 S&W Special
6 Shots
Heavy straight barrel with full-length extractor shroud
4" — actual length 4 1/8"; 6" — actual length 5 7/8"
375" width semi-target hammer
312" width smooth combat trigger All four-inch revolvers furnished with target accessoriess (hammer and trigger --. will be equipped with a trigger stop. All six-inch revolvers will be equipped with a trigger stop. Standard four-inch models will not have a trigger stop.
Overall Length
4" barrel -- 9 3/4 inches; 6" barrel — 11 1/2 inches
4" barrel, empty, 42 oz. (1191g) 6" barrel, empty, 46 oz. (1,304g)
Front Sight
4" — 1 /8 Baughman with S&W Red Ramp
6" — Plain Patridge or Baughman with S&W Red Ramp
Rear Sight
S&W micrometer click sight, adjustable windage and elevation. White outline notch in conjunction with red ramp, plain blade with Patridge front sight.
Sight Radius
4" barrel — 6 inches; 6" barrel — 8 inches
Checkered Goncalo Alves Target with speed loader cutaway (same size as "K" frame).
S&W bright blue or nickel
M586 — Carbon steel

NOTE: When your Model 586 or 686 is equipped with a high Patridge front sight and a .146 rear sight slide to achieve the neck hold position, for Practical Police Pistol Combat Shooting, utilizing 158 grain round nose lead .38 Special caliber factory ammunition, the following approximate sight setting is applicable:

  • 7 yards — point of aim — 22 clicks from botton position
  • 15 yards — point of aim — 26 clicks from bottom position
  • 25 yards — neck hold — 3 clicks up from the bottom
  • 50 yards — neck hold — 22 clicks up from the bottom

These adjustments are approximate and will vary with the shooter's eye and slight variation in the mechanics of the sight.

If you find with the .146 rear sight slide that the desired impact height cannot be achieved, it will be necessary to purchase a .160" rear sight slide with windage screw and nut for installation in your sight assembly.

Smith & Wesson
A Bangor Punta Company
Springfield, Massachusetts 01101 USA

Schematic of .357 Combat Magnum Revolver Model 586 Smith & Wesson

This schemtic diagram and parts list conform to the current specifications provided by our Engineering Department. From time to time improvements are made in all our models.

For this reason, the gun which you own may not correspond exactly with the information provided on this sheet.

When requesting information or ordering parts for your gun, please provide asc provide the serial number and approximate date of purchase.


The Smith & Wesson .357 Distinguished Combat Magnum® target revolver is a 6-shot breech-loading hand weapon. It is produced with a solid frame and a swing-out type of cylinder, having 6 chambers around a central axis so that 6 shots may be fired before reloading is necessary.

The weapon may be fired either single action or double action, and cocking the hammer by either method causes the cylinder to rotate and align the next chamber with the barrel.

The rate of fire is limited only by the dexterity of the operator in reloading the cylinder and his ability to aim the weapon and pull the trigger.

Loading and firing this revolver is a comparatively simple operation, as follows:

Push the thumbpiece forward. This will release the cylinder so that it may be swung out to the left side for loading.

Holding the gun so that the cylinder is in its outermost position, and with the muzzle pointing downward, insert cartridges in the charge holes making certain that they are firmly seated.

Return the cylinder to its original position in the frame, pressing it firmly into place to make sure that it locks in alignment. The gun is now ready to fire.

In single action shooting the hammer is pulled or cocked to its extreme rearward position. The gun may then be fired by merely pressing the trigger.

This type of shooting is used for deliberate fire where there is time to sight the gun carefully and squeeze the trigger in an unhurried fashion.

It is also used in competitive shooting for not only slow fire but also for timed fire, whereby 20 seconds are allowed for the firing of each 5 shots, and rapid fire where 10 seconds are allowed for the firing of each 5 shots.

There is time even in rapid fire shooting for the deliberate handling of the gun in single action fashion just so long as the function is performed without loss of time and in a definite cadence whereby the cycle will be completed within the allocated time.

Where time or other circumstances do not allow for single action fire the revolver is used double action.

To fire double action all that is necessary is to align the weapon with the object which you wish to hit and pull the trigger firmly all of the way to the rear.

This will cause the hammer to rise to its full cocked position and then fall to explode the cartridge, and as previously stated the only limit to the speed with which a weapon can be manipulated in this fashion will be determined by the dexterity of the shooter.

This type of shooting is required in combat work or under emergency conditions where the gun must be used with great speed.

To extract the fire cases press the thumbpiece forward and swing the cylinder out to the left side.

Turn the gun muzzle upward and holding the cylinder in its extreme outward position press down sharply on the extractor rod. This will eject the fired cases down and out of the gun, which is now ready to reload.

Smith & Wesson

Springfield, Massachusetts 01101

GG Archives REF: BPS&W-013-1974-BW-BRO

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