I recently purchased a 686+ 2.5 inch barrel smith and Wesson. I wanted to finally write a review of this fine revolver so that anyone thinking of purchasing one will have a good review to go off. First impression was that I liked the added capacity with seven rounds your right up there with most single stack autos of comparable size. The gun is on the heavy side which really helps with recoil. It has a lock which I was concerned about until reading many reviews and deciding to give it a try. My initial shooting led me to a couple of complaints. First the grips it came with the factory rubber which leaves a lot to be desired in the looks department after shooting one box of 357 mags through it I decided they had to go because they didn't fit my hands well and didn't do much for recoil I swapped them out for smooth wood with finger grooves. Now to the trigger heavy didn't even come close to describing it. Initial DA trigger weight, 11.5lbs; SA 4.6lbs. This doesn't seem high for a double action trigger however I was very used to a auto so it was hard to make a good group. The SA was nice but had problems staying on target while cocking the hammer which I really didn't like so a friend of mine used a Wolff drop in spring kit and tuned trigger. Tuned weights 6.14.5, and 2.13. Now I find my groups improved tremendously I realy am quite happy with the weapon other then the trigger out of the box it performed well I have fired 300 magnum loads through it with no problems. I have not used the lock and do not plan to. For someone who is looking for a good 357 revolver for carry that doesn't mind a full size frame I would highly recommend it if anyone has questions feel free to ask I will try and answer any that arise.