S&W Model 66 vs. Model 69: Smith & Wesson’s new hard hitting Combat Magnums (VIDEO)
By David Higginbotham
The name says it all: Combat Magnum. Which magnum? That’s up to you. Smith & Wesson is giving you two to choose from: The Model 66 in .357 Magnum, and the Model 69 in .44 Magnum. If, like me, you find the looks of this gun to epitomize the grace and beauty of the modern revolver, you may want both.
The Smith & Wesson Combat Magnums. Model 66, top, Model 69, bottom. (Photo: David Higginbotham)
Let’s go back a bit. Revolvers are, to most of America, a bit old-school. The fully-functional polymer pocket rockets have made them all but obsolete for concealed carry, and the capacity of these beauties sucks when compared to even compact pistols. Yet there’s a mystique about them. And they work.
There’s no point in denying that Smith & Wesson is dedicated to the revolver. The company has produced consistent quality for generations. And their latest Combat Magnums are no different. These guns are small enough to conceal and heavy enough to handle the stopping power of the magnum rounds.
One is a .44 Magnum, the other a .357 Magnum. (Photo: David Higginbotham)
Things these two have in common
Visually, they’re almost identical. Like identical twins, they will look the same when