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S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:48:57 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 03:06:56 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 04:04:16 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 05:14:14 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 05:52:37 PM »
They call it a combat magnum. They are getting as bad as Chevy in reusing names
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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 06:45:38 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 08:01:18 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. ;)

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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 08:09:18 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. ;)


So it's some sort of magnum, right?
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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 10:59:20 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 11:27:20 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 11:33:10 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...   ::)
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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 11:38:57 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    8)

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

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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 11:42:39 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014, 02:08:00 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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Re: S&W Model 69, 5 shot 44 mag
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2014, 02:51:06 PM »

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


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  :o ).  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).   ;)
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