The S&W Model 69 was introduced at the Shot Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014
The five-shot Model 69 is the first 44 Magnum to be built on the L Frame, and is a bit more compact than the 629 six-shot 44 Magnum N Frame revolver.
The Model 69 is not the lightest 44 Magnum from Smith & Wesson, which is the N-frame 329.
The Model 69 is a full quarter-pound lighter than a comparable Model 629, but most importantly, it is a bit smaller, and the five-shot cylinder places the bolt notches between the chambers, instead of directly over the chambers, which effectively weakens the chamber wall. The Model 69 also uses S&W's two-piece barrel design, with the actual barrel inside of the outer shroud.