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« on: January 21, 2014, 12:48:57 PM »

One of the few pieces of interest to come out of SHOT was the following:

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_827559_-1_757769_757767_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y

S&W has introduced the L frame chambered in .44 Magnum/.44 Special featuring a five round cylinder and a 4.25" barrel. This is going to be an excellent crossover piece. It will be a carriable (and importantly) shootable size, that can be scaled up or down in power as needed.

I will be ordering one as soon as they come in stock.

It will get me down the trail until Ruger releases the GP 100 in 10mm/.40 with full and half moon clips.
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 01:06:56 PM »

I've had a S&W 696 since they came out.  I've often thought the 696 with a 4" tapered barrel would be a handy thing.  It looks like they've done that, with the bonus of magnum chambers.  I like it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 02:04:16 PM »

While I wish it had a skinny barrel and black sights, I'd happily trade two rounds (686 Plus) for the L-frames' manageable DA trigger reach, at least for a belt gun mostly worn outside city limits.  Very neat!
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 03:14:14 PM »

I thought it did have the tapered barrel.  I guess the pics I saw made it look that way.  Rats.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 03:52:37 PM »

They call it a combat magnum. They are getting as bad as Chevy in reusing names
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 04:45:38 PM »


I thought it did have the tapered barrel.  I guess the pics I saw made it look that way.  Rats.


Most buyers are ninnies about recoil so a little extra weight up front is to the good, and S&W says its has a two-piece barrel which probably easier to do with a heavier contour.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 06:01:18 PM »

They call it a combat magnum. They are getting as bad as Chevy in reusing names

Nothing says "Combat Magnum" quite like ".44 Magnum" stamped over the top of "Combat Magnum" on the barrel. Wink
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 06:09:18 PM »


They call it a combat magnum. They are getting as bad as Chevy in reusing names


Nothing says "Combat Magnum" quite like ".44 Magnum" stamped over the top of "Combat Magnum" on the barrel. Wink


So it's some sort of magnum, right?
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 08:59:20 PM »

I'll be selling off my M629 Mountain Gun after I can buy one of these. I have always shot the K/L frames much better than the N's. Must be my hand size or something.

Yes it will get a Plug to lock out that goofy trigger lock.
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 09:27:20 PM »

I will be keeping my 625 Mountain Gun, pre trigger lock. 

I don't know what this 2 piece barrel is.  Is it lined ?

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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 09:33:10 PM »


I will be keeping my 625 Mountain Gun, pre trigger lock. 


Huh?  They made a Mtn Gun with a trigger lock?  Seems I may not have purchased a new pistol in something like 15 years or so.  I'm so old...   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 09:38:57 PM »

Hell,  I don't know.  I just assumed they did.  Or did the Mt. Gun go away before the trigger lock ?  

I am no Historian or collector    Cool

I traded into this Mt. Gun in about 1996 I think.  45 LC.  Think I will hang onto it   Smiley

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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 09:42:39 PM »

I like it but I think I'd rather have the Mountain Gun.

I was glad to see the 66 back though.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014, 12:08:00 PM »

Quote from: triggertime link=topic=3961.msg38615#msg38615 date=1390364840 

I don't know what this 2 piece barrel is.  Is it lined ?

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That is a good question. I would like to know myself, as they seem to marketing it as a good feature.

I am hoping it is in reference to the last .25" of barrel being removable. Why would they go with a non standard length like that? This means new, custom holsters...
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2014, 12:51:06 PM »


I traded into this Mt. Gun in about 1996 I think.  45 LC.  Think I will hang onto it   Smiley


Most days I wish my 44 magnum Mtn Gun was a 45 Colt.  I don't like that "cracked bat" sensation one gets with magnum ammo in the little gun (I get the chills just thinking about shooting a 329  Shocked ).  Since I'm running a 240 gr lead SWC @ ~900 fps I figure a .452 would hit more meat than a .429 (not that any of the critters I've slapped with it mentioned noticing any difference).   Wink
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