Originally Posted by xd 45acp
The gun is a 696-1. Gun does not have a scratch on it. Gun came with the original blue plastic box and all the paper work. I already put in a Wolff spring Kit and gun is really smooth. I used the full power replacement main spring because the hammer does not have the firing pin on it. Hope the gun shoots as good as it looks. Thanks for your responses.
Yes, the dash-1 mod went to the striker firing pin and the MIM hammer and trigger instead of the hammer mounted firing pin and the case hardened hammer and trigger, but it is still a desirable model. The dash-2 models added the stupid lock.
You will find the gun a shocker IMHO. It is accurate and fun to shoot, recoil is far more just a push than a snap, and I always found them very controllable.
I'm a big fan of the 44 special round and much preferred shooting my M-29s with 44 special over my M-27s and 28s in 357. Compared to a K or L frame Smith in 357 you will find this gun nearly recoil free.
Like all the Smiths from that period, the finish is not as good as either earlier or later models, but it is certainly acceptable.
Enjoy the tamed beast and let us know how it shoots.