SMITH & WESSON MODEL 69 COMBAT MAGNUM
$849 • smith-wesson.com
If you need a snub-nosed .44 magnum, get this one. Built on Smith & Wesson’s L-Frame and now available with a 2 3 ⁄ 4 -inch barrel and adjustable sights, this stainless-steel five-shooter is just 34.4 ounces— easy to pack in a hip holster for bear country. Recoil is vicious with magnum loads, but the gun is a ball to shoot with .44 Special ammo, with which it’d also be a decent home-defense gun.