Purchased my 696 close to 15 years ago for $395 in 98% condition. Bought and sold several revolvers & pistols since then but the 696 remains my favorite handgun. Very accurate, comfortable to shoot and I love that big hole at the muzzle. Practice ammo is currently PMC 240 gr LFP but shoot most quality ammo on sale. Carry ammo is Hornady 180 gr JHP XTP and always shoot a couple cylinders of these at practice sessions. Although the 696 is heavier than most carry guns, I still carry this a lot once the weather changes in Western NY and coats are necessary. This will never be sold in my lifetime!