Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 696 .44 Special

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This gun broke during the test. It's also too heavy and bulky for the power it brings to bear.

Smith & Wesson 696 .44 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The double-action trigger would sometimes cycle the cylinder but not pull back the hammer. Also, during some attempts at firing the gun single action, the hammer would drop but not detonate a round. It was out of action before we could complete accuracy testing on it.

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