Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Model 649 357 Magnum

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The 649 was lightweight, thin, and concealable. It offered the ability of single-action or double-action operation in a snag-free exterior. Even with 357 Magnum loads, recoil was tolerable.

Smith & Wesson Model 649 357 Magnum

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double

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The hole in the end of the ejector rod aligned with a pin in the ejector rod shroud that locks the front of the cylinder.
The grip of the 649 was thin and long, which allowed the shooter to get a firm hold on the handgun.
The contrast between the black front blade and rear groove in the bright stainless offered good contrast.
As shown, the J-frame Model 649 holds only five rounds of 357 Magnum. Though we tested a used gun, this model is still currently produced and has a list price of $729. There is a reason for its longevity.

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