SMITH & WESSON MODEL 69 COM­BAT MAG­NUM

Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST - —Will Brant­ley

$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.

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