Sort of. The 696 should have been fixed sighted, no underlug, and a thinner 2 1/2 inch barrel.
They made it too heavy and with adjustable sights prone to snagging (after all, it was supposed to be concealment gun not a belt gun.)
Think about a 686 2 1/2 snub, but with a 5 shot .44 cylinder and barrel and fixed sights. Simple, powerful, and no sharp edges.
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