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Old 10-24-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Found a S&W model 69

My LGS had a model 69 Smith . The grip is the same size and feel of a 686 . They had a 629 with the same rubber grip and tested the DA in both guns side by side and the 69 fit me perfect for shooting DA . The 629 was way to big for me . I check the gun out and the lockup , air gap fit and finish was perfect . They want $799 + tax I can get one off GB and save almost $200 . I will wait and find a steal on GB before I will buy one .
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Old 10-24-2014, 11:29 PM   #2
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Thank you for reporting on the Mod 69. I have been very interested in it and I hope to have one some day.
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Old 10-25-2014, 03:31 AM   #3
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I'm not in hurry to get a model 69 since my 44-40 Vaquero will meet or exceed 44 mag spec if hand loaded .

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I don't know if I would ever shoot a .44 Magnum out of it other than to try it. For decades my dream was a medium frame S&W in .44 Special. I thought I had it when the 696 came out but it was a great disappointment and I ended up trading it off to Sheepdog without ever shooting it in the ten years or more I had it. An L frame revolver with adjustable sights as a 5 shot .44 Special would have been a great holster gun in 4" to 6" barrel length but it only came in a 3" barrel length with full underlug and this made little sense. It was too big as a concealment piece and the barrel and sight radius were too short for a service or field revolver. Add to that the defects and poor fit it came with from the factory and it was a huge let down. This Mod 69 seems more like what I wanted and handles .44 Magnum if needed as well. I would sell my Mod 629 if I got one of these.

I have no real need for this but it would be a long time dream come true.
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Old 10-25-2014, 05:30 AM   #5
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You like the K frame guns and the 69 is super close to that grip . The one I held had about a 15 lbs DA and the hammer was super hard too which a screwdriver would fix both those problems or remover the truck leaf spring and put a Wolf in it . Like you the 44 spec suits my needs much better then the 44 mag , but the mag would be great hunting backup gun .
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:57 AM   #6
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You were lucky to find a 69 to examine. I asked about getting a 69 from my local shop and looks like it is backordered. I won't be seeing one anytime soon, I guess.We do have a place in our collection for a 4" 44 mag, but I get along with the 629 so well that I'll probably go that route.

By the way, if anyone is thinking of selling their S&W revolvers, uh, don't forget me.
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I'm not in hurry to get a model 69 since my 44-40 Vaquero will meet or exceed 44 mag spec if hand loaded .

Love that birdshead. This is my favorite pistol and love the way you photographed it. Your series of pictures when you had this background is the best.
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Love that birdshead. This is my favorite pistol and love the way you photographed it. Your series of pictures when you had this background is the best.
This is my favorite of it

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In the late 1960s or early 1970s I read a column by Elmer Kieth I think, about a company that custom made K frame S&W revolvers into 5 shot .44 Specials. They were extremely expensive and obviously few were made. I could not find that magazine again or any mention of those guns but ever since then I have harbored a hot lust for a K frame .44 Special. I had a couple of Charter Arms Bulldogs in .44 but they were too small and light and too cheap and flimsy inside. The 696 used the L frame which uses the same grip but it is noticeably taller and bulkier than the K frame. It is fine for a holster gun but it could not work well for me for CC, where I could carry a K frame under a light jacket.

I would not now carry a K frame .44 as I think the .357 Magnum is better for defense but that Mod 69 would be fantastic as a .44 Special with the added ability to handle the .44 Magnums. I hope it is so successful they bring it out in longer barrel lengths like 5" or 6".
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This is my favorite of it

Nice combination.
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MAC ......I never notice the length . but here a pic with 1/2 the grip removed .
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It should take any K or L frame round butt grips and I have both concealment types and conversion types that match the square butt looks in the Hogue checkered wood grips I like so I expect I would be fine with that. I think the barrel is something like 4 1/2" to meet the Canadian restrictions. It would be very nice in that but I do hope they offer longer lengths as well.
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