A Pair of S&W Combat Magnums

    Smith & Wesson Combat Magnum

    Smith & Wesson rolled out a number of new wheelguns this year. Two of those are given the revered Combat Magnum name. One is a Model 66; the other is a Model 69.

    Model 66 Combat Magnum

    The new Model 66 Combat Magnum is a K-frame revolver chambered for the .357 Magnum. As with other K-frames in this caliber, it holds six rounds in the cylinder.

    Smith & Wesson fits the gun with a 2.75″ barrel, giving it an overall length of just under 8″. An underlug protects the full-length ejector rod. On top, the company uses a pinned front ramp sight with a red insert. An adjustable rear sight offers a crisp outline when aiming.

    The gun has a stainless steel finish and black synthetic grips. The MSRP is $849.

    Model 69 Combat Magnum

    Smith & Wesson Combat Magnum

    Matching the 66 is the Model 69 Combat Magnum in the “other” magnum caliber: the .44. This bigger-bore model is an L-frame gun to better handle the cartridge. Only five shots will fit into the cylinder of this revolver.

    Like the Model 66, this gun has a 2.75″ barrel and the same sights. Additionally, it has a stainless finish and black grips. Other than the caliber and slight weight difference, the two guns are pretty similar. The Model 69 Combat Magnum shares the same price: $849.

    I had a chance to handle both guns at the recent SHOT Show. Both of them seemed well-built, and I look forward to shooting the Model 66 that I have on order.

    While the guns are not as flat and compact as a variety of 9mm pistols, they are still concealable should you wish to carry one. I’ve got a Model 64 that I’ve carried for several years. It’s a smooth shooter and the bulk of the cylinder has not been a┬áproblem to conceal under a shirt or jacket.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.