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Old 11-15-2012, 01:28 AM
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I know I have plenty of options, but still wanted one of these so badly I paid a premium for it. Now the issue is since I bought a nib example should I buy a used one, and keep the other a safe queen lol

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:30 AM
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All the above and few pics, what's wrong with us?



As to the "five-shot-only" concerns...........here's one of the guns which "Won the west." It was-and-is carried as a "five-shooter".

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:01 AM
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If five rounds of .44 Special isn't enough to do the job, it's time to drop the revolver and find a rifle.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:28 PM
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As a 696 owner I have to agree with Bills opinion. When S&W came out with these they were a poor seller and it seemed like they couldn't give them away. At the time, as Bill points out, there were many valid reasons for it's lack of popularity.
Look at the lowly Charter Arms Bulldog 44 Special, when it appeared it was hugely popular though nowhere near the quality of the 696. But that Charter Bulldog is to this day still selling well. It's a 5 shot, very small and very concealable option for those who like the calibre.
The 696, with it's short production run is now a very collectable revolver and it has a "cool to own" factor. I enjoy shooting my no dash from time to time and had I known what they'd be going for years later I would have bought several of them for an investment.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:48 PM
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All the above and few pics, what's wrong with us?

OK, I'll play.

This came to me with the combats on it, but I have the original grips in the box.



I don't shoot this as much as I ought to.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:46 PM
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Count me in and I love the goodyears.

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I'm thinking I might go back to the "Goodyears".

Today I shot 105 rounds from the bench with my M696 utilizing the stocks pictured with it. Darn thing bit me in the web of my thumb!
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Old 11-15-2012, 10:02 PM
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Default I sure do enjoy mine.........

only pic I have of it, with its 3 inch 66 cousin.


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Old 07-25-2018, 09:55 PM
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I love my 696 no dash. It is a very accurate gun.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:30 AM
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I'm an "N" and "J" frame nut... I'm kicking myself for not picking up a 696 when I had the chance. I instead opted for a vintage Lew Horton 3" M29... Of which has become my favorite handgun/revolver because well... it's pretty great & I love the .44Special round. I carry hot Keith Hard Casts running 950+ out of that 3" barrel for my woods load. I don't think that's too hot for a 696 though. 1050fps is pushing it for sure. The 696 just might be the perfect sized revolver. I'm happy with my 3" M29 and M629 but I'm going to start looking for a 696 especially now since I'm into hand loading I can tailor a hard cast .44Special that will still put the big hurt on anything in Appalachia all the while with the comfort of an "L" frame...
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Old 07-28-2018, 12:03 PM
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Hmmm. 6 year old thread.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:09 PM
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Hmmm. 6 year old thread.
So true!

That said, the 696 is worth resurrecting a thread over.

I sure do like mine! Drove 4+ hours each way to get it from a guy in LA, he met me in Bakersfield, and as you know, here in California, you have to do FTF, then come back in 10 days, so I drove it twice.

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Old 07-29-2018, 01:05 AM
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Since just about any of the 24-3 series and 624 series "N" framed 44 revolvers sell very well besides not being made for quite a few years now. I've always wondered why they never made any more 44 specials on the "N" frame??. Limited market? or too busy with their line of ar style rifles they have been making and selling for sometime?. My 624 with the 6.5" barrel shooting some winchester 200 grain silvertips has the recoil of about a 38 special. The 3" and 4" bbld 24-3 that I have also do not recoil all that much. My Ruger Redhawk in 44 magnum has been quietly reposing in the safe since I got those three 44 specials. And this from a shooter who shot 50-100 rounds out of the Redhawk at more than just a few range sessions. Frank

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Old 07-31-2018, 09:35 PM
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:41 PM
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Isn't the Model 69 an "improved" version of the 696? Same size but can handle .44 Special and Magnum?
When I say improved I mean a stronger platform for Magnum loads.

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Had one. Sold it. I consider my 66-1 snubby to be better in every way.
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Old 07-31-2018, 10:08 PM
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I'm happy with my 696 no-dash. Bought it when they first came out over 20 years ago. Not interested in the 69 after checking it out. One revolver in 44 Mag (a 629-1) is all I need. Can't get enough 44 Specials. Own 5 of them with another one on they way.
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I'm happy with my 696 no-dash. Bought it when they first came out over 20 years ago. Not interested in the 69 after checking it out. One revolver in 44 Mag (a 629-1) is all I need. Can't get enough 44 Specials. Own 5 of them with another one on they way.
I can't decide. I thoroughly enjoy my 696 no dash and would never consider selling it but I wonder about the forcing cone. I would like to feel I could use "Keith" loads in my 696 if need be and it seems the 69 resolves that. I would probably never shoot full magnum loads in a 69.

Maybe someday I will run in to someone at the range and get a chance to try one.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:53 AM
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There seems to be lots of second-hand anecdotal info on the interwebs about 696s suffering split forcing cones. Anyone have FHE with this?
If you could provide a link or reference that would be much appreciated. I've never heard this about this particular gun... I would be very interested in this information...
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:56 AM
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I can't decide. I thoroughly enjoy my 696 no dash and would never consider selling it but I wonder about the forcing cone. I would like to feel I could use "Keith" loads in my 696 if need be and it seems the 69 resolves that. I would probably never shoot full magnum loads in a 69.

Maybe someday I will run in to someone at the range and get a chance to try one.
The 69 should feel about the same as a 696. both are L frames, both are 5 shot. The 69 has 1/4 inch shorter barrel but because of the new style lock-up still is able to have a full length ejector . The 69 also has the ability to be not attempting to load 44 special to the max because all loading can dabble into a 44 mag range or all the way to full 44 mag power. Same size package without the power limits. I would only buy a 696 as a safe queen since the introduction of the 69. The 69 should make the 696 into a more collectable item. So if you wish to only fire reasonable 44 specials {not push the limit} there would be no real reason to buy a 69 other than to save the 696 as an investment if you have a mint one.
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:59 AM
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My 696 has only seen the Skeeter loads and does just fine with them. It is nice to carry on mountain trails but I need to find a better holster (suggestions welcome). I do shoot N-frames more but no concerns after about 400 rounds with the 696. I'll report back after about 4000 rounds.

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Old 08-01-2018, 02:26 PM
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I'm one of those posting on here that cc a 4 inch barrel 44 sp. Although I did play linebacker in my early days, only weighed 180 and now 170, I have no trouble cc in any season.
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I may get this one.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:34 AM
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The 696 is the most accurate revolver I’ve ever shot.

Oh wait a minute, they’re garbage.

http://smith-wessonforum.com/135716823-post16.html

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I recently bought a 696 no dash. The gun met all my expectations. It is pleasant to shoot, very accurate and carries easily for hiking or ranch work.
It shoots 200 gr. hard casts at around 850 fps very well.
I always viewed the 696 as a great platform for launching relatively heavy projectiles at moderate velocity out of a compact gun.
I have a 60-10 and find the 696 to be for the 44 spcl, what the 60-10 is for the 357 mag. Smaller easier to carry and very capable as long as you are not trying to make a grenade launcher out of it.
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Back when I seen them on the shelves, I should have bought 3 or 4 of them but was ore into Cz collecting (Founder, CZ forum.com) then
concentrating on my .44 Specials (Charter, 624) and .44 Mags.

The 696 offered a heavier gun than the Bulldog, and not too much
more money thand a Charter Arms,.before S&W jumped in price.

It was cool, but not the DA .44 Special that I dreamed about to go with my other Ruger DA and Single-actions.

Now that we have had the GP44 for a couple years, I think that Smith
should bring back the 696.

I'm out of reloading for good, and the only .44 Special I can find locally is
Speer 200 grain Gold Dot, but still know where awe some carry ammo is:



So, the practice ammo issue leaves the GP44, Bulldogs
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:52 PM
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The 696 has a little better trigger but both are equal down range.
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A 696 is on my bucket list when my finances will afford it.

Til then I have had to settle for my Rossi M720 that though similar to the 696, just isn't quite the same. But I can feel more comfortable CCing the 720 because it isn't as highly valued as the 696.

44 Special has become my favorite caliber to reload and shoot.
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