S&W Model 69 Combat Magnum
For the first time, Smith & Wesson introduces the .44 Magnum caliber in an L-Frame revolver, the Model 69 Combat Magnum. Made especially for Magnum® usage, the Model 69 will also shoot the lighter .44 Special.
The Model 69 features a 4.25-inch, two-piece barrel constructed of stainless steel. The stainless steel cylinder holds five rounds and the revolver shoots in either single- or double-action. A black rubber synthetic grip absorbs recoil. It has red ramp front and target, white outline rear sights. The Model 69 also features a full top strap and barrel serration and ball-detent lock-up. A glass-bead finish rounds out this sleek revolver. Like S&W’s other new 2014 revolvers, the Model 69 is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a lifetime service policy.
- Model: 69 Combat Magnum
- Caliber: .44 Magnum/.44 Special
- Capacity: 5 rounds
- Barrel: 4.25”
- Action: Single/double-action
- Sights: Red ramp front and target white outline rear
- Frame and cylinder: Stainless steel with glass-bead finish
- Overall length: 9.75”
- Weight: 37.2 ounces
- MSRP: $849
Having read all there is on the new Model 69 Combat Magnum, I had to own one. I picked up one at my local gun shop. I fondled the revolver for a good hour before committing to it. I currently own many 44 Magnums, including 29’s, 629″s Performance Center Hunter Plus, and lastly a 329PD. I also load my own ammo to get precisely the round I need. The 69 is a supreme example of Smith & Wesson Engineering. The SA/DA is smooth as glass, and the Fit & Finish is second to none. I made up a batch of ammo to test it to its limits. Starting with light pressure Specials, and +P Specials then following up with normal pressure Magnums and finally, +P and +P++. I have no doubt she’ll pass with flying colors…
Now this looks interesting! I wonder how bad recoil will be with 300 + grain loads? In other words, as a bear deterrant up north.