I have a 686-5 sitting right in front of me, I was just drooling over it and thinking about how much I love it. I have a bunch of handguns, from revolvers to 1911's to my glocks, but by far, the 686 is my most treasured gun ever. Its so well made, an incredible shooter, Im accurate with it like no other, its just freakin awesome. I have been on the lookout for an earlier model to keep it company, and I had no idea they made a -4 seven shot. Very cool! The best thing is I got the gun for 450$ and I dont think it was ever shot when I got it. Even after close to 1500 hundred rounds it shows hardly any sign of wear, and is as smooth as silk. Smith and Wesson makes some incredible guns.