For the first time, a .44 Magnum ‘Combat Magnum’ will be offered by Smith & Wesson in the L-frame. Â The new Model 69 revolver will look like the classic Combat Magnum revolvers (such as the recently re-introduced Model 66.)
The guns will have a two-piece 4.25″ barrel topped with a red ramp front sight and adjustable rear sight. Â The stainless steel frame is glass bead finished, and the stainless steel cylinder holds five rounds. Â Like the classic Combat Magnums, the top strap and barrel have ridges.
Checking the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, it the entry for Model 69 is listed only as “experimental.” Â So, I presume the company has never used this model number for a production revolver before now.
Smith & Wesson 69 Specifications
|weight (unloaded)||37.2 oz|
|front sight||pinned, red ramp|
|rear sight||adjustable, white outline|
We will have more information on the Smith & Wesson Model 69 at the 2014 SHOT Show.
Update – Smith & Wesson was awarded the Golden Bullseye Award in 2015 by the NRA for this gun design.
Update 2 – Smith & Wesson now offers a second Model 69 with a 2.75″ barrel. The rubber grip is a bit more rounded in the back for easier concealment. Otherwise, this is the same .44 Magnum revolver as the 4.25″ barreled version.
It has a 5-shot cylinder, a front ramp sight with red insert and an adjustable rear blade sight. It is a pretty handy concealment gun if you need big bore power for protection. I found the trigger to be a bit heavy in double-action mode, but fairly smooth nonetheless. In single-action mode, the break is very crisp.