Smith & Wesson reintroduced its classic 586 .357 revolver in 4- and 6-inch (shown) barrel lengths. Photo: S&W

Smith & Wesson reintroduced its classic 586 .357 revolver in 4- and 6-inch (shown) barrel lengths. Photo: S&W

Smith & Wesson has re-introduced its Model 586 .357 Magnum revolver, a popular law enforcement sidearm in the 1980s. The revolver first appeared in 1980 and will be reintroduced into S&W's Classic line.

Manufactured with a carbon steel frame and cylinder with a blue finish, the Classic Model 586 harkens back to an era when revolvers were predominately worn on the hips of law enforcement officers. As with the original, the new Classic revolver is chambered for six rounds of .357 Magnum/.38 S&W Special. Available with a 4-inch or 6-inch barrel configuration, the Model 586 features a single-action and double-action trigger pull.

The revolver features an adjustable white outline rear sight and a red ramp front sight. The Classic Model 586 is standard with an authentic square-butt design and is packaged with checkered wood grips featuring the Smith & Wesson medallion. The revolver is also standard with a serrated back strap for improved firearm control when shooting heavy magnum loads.

"The original Model 586 is perhaps best known for its extensive use as a law enforcement commemorative model," said Tony Miele, business manager of S&W's Classic line. "Selected by highway patrol and conservation agencies as an ideal limited edition and anniversary model, the Model 586 has amassed several years of service both in the United States and overseas. Highly collectible and duty-proven, the original Model 586 offered law enforcement a reliable firearm for handling heavy Magnum cartridges."

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