Smith & Wesson Model 69

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Smith & Wesson has crammed a lot of gun into a smaller frame with the Model 69. The .44 Magnum revolver is built on the medium-sized K-frame, but fitting the caliber to the smaller frame required knocking a round off the wheel. The Model 69 has a 4.26-inch barrel and tips the scales at 37.2-ounces, a size that should make it a carry option, but painful at the range. The MSRP is $849.

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