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feelinducky
05-05-2011, 7:52 AM
I'm hoping someone can help me. I've got a lead on a model 696 in .44 special 3" barell. Can someone tell me what "No Dash" means? I have seen a few for sale and they state "No Dash" model. I have not seen the gun but it seems that the "No Dash" are worth more. I would liketo know what to look for when I see it.

Thanks

SnWnMe
05-05-2011, 7:54 AM
Open the cylinder and look in the crane cutout. It should say 696 and not 696-1 (Six Nine Six DASH One). To me any no lock Smith 44 won't depreciate.

rgs1975
05-05-2011, 8:20 AM
Original 1st model Smith will have a model number and that's it (696). As the company makes changes to the guns they denote that by adding a dash and a number to the model number (696-1). If they make more changes they do it again (696-2) and so on. Some guns are all the way up into the -20's they've been changed so much.

The 3" 696 is an incredible revolver. I'd jump on it without thinking twice, especially in CA.

(I've got a 3" 624 in .44 Special and it's an absolute dream)

Andy Taylor
05-05-2011, 10:36 AM
As others have said, dash #'s get added as changes are made. Specifically to the M696:
M696
M696-1 change to MIM parts/move FP from hammer to frame.
M696-2 Add internal lock.

All M696s are desirable. The No dash in particular.

Mickey D
05-05-2011, 2:44 PM
If you have a chance to get a 696 at a good price $800 or below, jump on it.
As stated, it has the FP moved to the frame and MIM trigger & hammer
Normally come with Uncle Mikes rubber boot grips


Here is a 696-1

w/ Spegel target grips
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w22/MickeyD1/SW696-1.jpg


With boot grips
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w22/MickeyD1/SWAndrews696.jpg

shooting4life
05-05-2011, 4:09 PM
No dash is the most desirable for the 696. If you don't end up buying it then let me know cause I would be interested.

Revoman
05-05-2011, 4:49 PM
IIRC, the no dash moved to the dash one in around 1997-8 at which time it moved to the dash two and the firing pin went into the frame. A dash one should have the firing pin on the hammer. I think that production was stopped in 2007, but not 100% on that.

Some of the older ones did have wooden finger-grip stocks on them besides the Uncle Mike's stocks.

They are one purdy gun fer sure!

I have only seen one in the recent past in SoCal and it's priced just a tad high at $1,175....a California gun though is almost always higher priced as you well know.

Mickey D
05-05-2011, 8:38 PM
IIRC, the no dash moved to the dash one in around 1997-8 at which time it moved to the dash two and the firing pin went into the frame. A dash one should have the firing pin on the hammer. I think that production was stopped in 2007, but not 100% on that.

Some of the older ones did have wooden finger-grip stocks on them besides the Uncle Mike's stocks.

They are one purdy gun fer sure!

I have only seen one in the recent past in SoCal and it's priced just a tad high at $1,175....a California gun though is almost always higher priced as you well know.

Not certain where you are finding your information.

According to Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, the 696 no dash was intoduced Dec 1996.
The 696-1 was in 1997 with the following changes:
Frame design eliminated cylinder stop stud
MIM hammer with floating firing pin in frame
MIM trigger
Change internal lockwork
The 696-2 (2001) Introduce internal key lock system.
2003 Discontinued

My 696-1 has FP in frame.

Blademan21
05-05-2011, 9:11 PM
MickeyD...bro you stole yours :)

oso grande
05-05-2011, 9:33 PM
IIRC, the no dash moved to the dash one in around 1997-8 at which time it moved to the dash two and the firing pin went into the frame. A dash one should have the firing pin on the hammer. I think that production was stopped in 2007, but not 100% on that.

Some of the older ones did have wooden finger-grip stocks on them besides the Uncle Mike's stocks.

They are one purdy gun fer sure!

I have only seen one in the recent past in SoCal and it's priced just a tad high at $1,175....a California gun though is almost always higher priced as you well know.

Dash 1 has the firing pin in the frame. No lock, but MIM trigger and hammer.
I recently sold a dash one for $1000.00.

Oso Grande

feelinducky
05-06-2011, 5:37 AM
WOW, thanks for the information. Hopefully I can see it this weekend.

Mickey D
05-06-2011, 12:28 PM
MickeyD...bro you stole yours :)

:D Thanks Blademan! Timing was right.