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Smith & Wesson 66 & 696

Saint Wesson:  S&W model 696 .44 Special.

This is a 3 inch barreled .44 Special built on a round butt L frame.  This is a great self defense weapon and has quickly become my favored carry gun and itís currently my EDC gun.  Good sights.  Good trigger.  Good grip.  It carries great for itís weight, thanks to the round butt and 3 inch barrel.  Iíve talked about this gun several times before, and I donít want to repeat myself.

Earlier comments are found here.   Itís a beefy little number, and itís capable of firing some nice stout loads, but some say itís not as rugged as it should be thanks to the rather skinny forcing cone.   Iím not sure about that, but then again Iím not a revolver expert.  Regardless, of itís ruggedness or not, I love this gun, I really do.   S&W stopped making them for some reasonÖ probably because .44 Special is not the most popular round anymore.  *shrug* .44 Special has become one of my favorite calibers.  I donít know why itís not more popular.  Itís a big bore gun that packs easy and shoots like a motherís hug.  I can make fast hits accurately with the 696 and thatís what counts.  BTW, all the photos following here... I just got back from shooting and had not yet cleaned them... so thanks for holding onto the "Hey, you need to clean that gun!" comment.  Already did.  Thanks.

Note in the photo, the holster... this is a custom prototype rig called the "Rhino Crossdraw".  The design is still in development.  

Agent Smith:  S&W Model 66 .357 Magnum.

This is a 4 inch barreled .357 built on a square butt K frame.  This is a great self defense or even duty revolver.  This gun is essentially a stainless model 19.  You can see in the pictures the pinned barrel and the recessed chambers.  Not shown is the classic style firing pin on the hammer.  This makes the 66 an instant classic because they donít make gun like this anymore.  You will notice the 696 isnít built this way.   Because of these classic features and the pin on the hammer, you are correct in guess that the trigger is better than the 696.  It is.  A lot better.  The with the additional inch of sight radius and barrel length, you would think I could hit better with the 66Ö but the funny thing is, Iím not hitting better with this gun at all.  Itís all about the same.  Loaded with .38 Specials, itís a total pussycatÖ you can shoot this gun all day long.






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