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This is a discussion on 696 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Was at the indoor range/gunshop and came across a 696 for $435. Looks to be in pretty good shape, a couple of scratches, but nothing ...
Was at the indoor range/gunshop and came across a 696 for $435. Looks to be in pretty good shape, a couple of scratches, but nothing major. shoots good, at least the bullets come out the barrel.
Whatta think, should I
Barrel length? Good price........44 Spl......WHUMP!
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If that 3" .44spl was in California,it would have a price tag of twice that! Wish I had a twin for mine. If you buy it,you will not regret it.
The .44 Spl is an excellent cartridge. It is one that I would feel good to carry in the wilderness or, if it is not too large, even for CC.
I think you made a good purchase.
Great price on a really sweet revolver. If you decide to sell put me first in line!
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Looks like it didn't take much to change Ol'Gunney's mind. He made the first post at 1:32 asking about it, and almost one hour later, at 2:31 he posts back that he bought it. Lol. Some guys don't need much pushing :)
These are highly coveted over on the S&W forum. It has an almost cult-like following. The "no dash" has the more popular hammer-mounted firing pin and neither MIM nor the dreaded internal lock (IL). The "-1" has MIM and a frame-mounted firing pin, but not the IL. The "-2" has MIM, a frame-mounted firing pin, and the IL.
Desirability is highest for the no dash and declines as the gun gets newer. I've seen people fork over 7 bills for a no dash.
You made out quite well.
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You would be crazy not to buy it. They are fantastic guns.
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I've always liked the .44spl round, it leaves great big holes without the over penetration concerns of .44mag if used for personal protection, apartment living home defense, etc. I used to carry my Anaconda loaded with Hornady .44spl loads "back in the day."
Now, if I had the chance to snap up a nice 696 for a great price ... where's my checkbook?
You made a great decision buying that one, please post some pics when you have the chance. A range report would be appreciated too!
Sorry no pictures my expertise does not extend that far, plus having spent all my money on guns I don't have the money for one of those digital cameras heh, heh.
In addition to the 686 I also traded a pre-81 M19 2 1/2 inch for a 3 inch M66, all on the same day and at the same gunstore.
The 686 is a no-dash, frame mounted firing pin and no IL.
I took them to the mountain house and ran some reloads (mine) thru them just to check for function. Not really set up for sighting in there. Going to the indoor range tuesday in Raleigh and sight them in with my carry loads. 125 gr +P Gold Dots for the M66 and 180 gr Gold Dots for the 686.
Not planning on using either for normal carry, actually prefer semis for that, but either be just the thing for woods walking and the 686 would be used as backup for deer hunting.
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