Welcome back to the Modern Fighting Revolver series, in this week we have an update on the series. To refresh your memory, the Modern Fighting Revolver (MFR) is an attempt by a degenerate revolver enthusiast to create a revolver like the 586 L-Comp that can turn and burn with a modern semi-auto pistol in every area except capacity.
For our test guns, we selected two revolvers from Smith and Wesson. A 686+ Deluxe, which is a stainless steel L-frame, and its cousin, the 586 L-Comp. The 586 L-Comp has a matte finish and features a single chamber compensator at the end of the short barrel, which helps to control the gun in recoil. This compensator also moves the gun into Open Division for the shooting sports, which actually helps us define the goals for the gun. Both guns were also heavily upgraded with Apex Performance parts.
After kicking around various ideas, we settled on using the 586 L-Comp to chase various training industry challenges, and a specific shooting sport accomplishment. In the training community, there are several instructors who have challenges that are based on shooting performance, the most famous of which is the FAST Coin from Langdon Tactical. Since I already have a FAST Coin, we’ll be using the MFR to try to get the following shooting challenges: Modern Samurai Project’s Black Belt Patch, a Gabe White Turbo Pin, and the Vice Card challenge. On the shooting sports front, I’m going to use the MFR to attempt to get a Master classification in Open Revolver division at Steel Challenge. To accomplish all of these, I’ll need to spend a lot of time cleaning up my draw.
Our first step was to establish a baseline – after not shooting Steel Challenge for two years and recovering from a serious injury, where am I at? I took the MFR to a Steel Challenge match to find out, and it was pretty tough. I ended up making B-class despite some pretty terrible shooting. My next goal will be to make A-class, and continue the progression from there. Right now, the 686+ has fired 374 rounds, and the 586 L-Comp has fired 386 rounds. The next big shooting test will be in November at Scott Jedlinski’s three day class with Jared Reston in Miami. I’ll have three shots at the Black Belt Patch there, which I need to acknowledge up front will be difficult. But I’m excited to keep running the MFR!