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    Model 69 impressions...

    Bought this Model 69 a couple weeks ago & after the normal 10 day lockup got it to the range. Kinda thought it would be a good platform for 44 Special level loads & so far it appears to be just that. Loads that I have been shooting in a 4''624 very comfortably get your attention. While not really abuse they are easily felt, no doubt due to the lighter weight 69 & the grip which seems to rather hard. Accuracy was about as good as the same loads fired in the 624.
    Overall my impression of the Model 69 was finally S&W has made a revolver to meet Wal-Mart standards !

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    Size & barrel compared to a 3'' Model 66

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    1st target shot after some sight adjustment..

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    Thanks for the opinions and mini review. I have been looking at these with a certain amount of want/lust but don't really need one. Please feedback some more shooting impressions as the experiment continues.
    Looks like such a cool packing gun.

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    I haven't had the opportunity to shoot a 69 but did handle one recently. I kinda liked it but, did have some concerns about how brutal it could be. Your experience tells me that it may be a gun for lighter loads and it should be easier to carry than an N-frame. I like my old 29 but, the 69 has my attention. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davwingman View Post
    Bought this Model 69...
    Overall my impression of the Model 69 was finally S&W has made a revolver to meet Wal-Mart standards !
    I am making an assumption here (and we all know what happens when one "assumes") that your impression is that the model 69 is serviceable but cheaply made and lacking the panache of the older S&W revolvers.

    Is that a fair assumption? If so, I concur.

    Still, I hope you enjoy the revolver in good health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William Munny View Post
    I am making an assumption here (and we all know what happens when one "assumes") that your impression is that the model 69 is serviceable but cheaply made and lacking the panache of the older S&W revolvers.

    Is that a fair assumption? If so, I concur.

    Still, I hope you enjoy the revolver in good health.


    That pretty much covers what I was thinking. So far it has about as much appeal as having Hitlery running for office.
    Last edited by Davwingman; 09-15-2015 at 04:30 PM.
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    I'd like it if they woulda just made it with fixed sights. I don't like the sleeved barrel. I'll take my Ruger Redhawk anyday. jmho

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    The sleeved barrel is the deal killer for me. I think it would look better if the cylinder release, hammer and trigger matched the rest of the gun. However for a knock around, glove box kind of gun in a real serious caliber it's probably perfect.

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    A couple of members have mentioned the sleeved barrel as being a deal killer. Is it just the appearance or have there been problems with the sleeves?

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    I've sort of thought about getting one of those, but other things keep getting in the way. I'd probably never shoot anything except 44 Specials in it, and I've already got a Taurus 431, in 44 Special, so it's not a priority.
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    I have one and have run full magnum loads thru it I didn't think the recoil was all that bad I carry it all the time as a woods gun now if Smith would come out with the same platform in .41 mag


 
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