New Mountain Gun OUCH!!!!!


November 3, 2006, 04:42 AM
I picked up one of the new Smith and Wesson M29 Mountain Guns the other day. I'm a sucker for blued steel and wood grips, and am thrilled that Smith is at least trying to bring them back to some extent. Since I just picked up a vintage 29-2 I decided that the new Mountain Gun would be a great companion peice and something that I can shoot without worrying about causing undue wear. Six Franklins and some change later and the new MG was riding home with me.

The gun looks pretty good. The blue, while nowhere near as deep and nicely done as the classic Smith blue, is even and attractive. The tapered barrel looks fantastic, and I have always liked the way the MG felt in my hand. The gun comes with 2 sets of grips. The omnipresent Hougue Monogrip, and a set of wood grips that are reminscent of Nills. With the exception of the "Mountain" laser cut into the bottom of the grips they look pretty good. Sadly, the finger grooves were apparently designed for some kind of evil 3 fingered robot from the future as the first groove is big enough for 2 of my fingers and the others are too small. The grip is also very narrow. Hmmm, mayhaps this could be a problem. The Hougue is a Hougue, black rubber, finger grooves, and ugly as sin.

The gun has the lock, but it isn't as glaring as on the stainless guns. I never plan to lock it, and will just try to ignore its existence. I had a 629 (had to liquidate it after my first marriage ended) and the lock never gave me any problems and that gun ate some fairly warm loads.

I almost swapped the wood grips for the rubber before going to the range, but hey, I'm a tough guy. I like recoil. Rubber is ugly. I'm also not real bright. Those grips that looked too narrow? Yeah, they are too narrow. They also had some kind of slightly sharp edge up around the top that I didn't notice. Well, I noticed it after the first round of full power magnum loads. It took a nice little peice out of the web of my hand. Recoil was fearsome, even with fairly moderate loads like the 240 grain hydroshock and the 210 grain silvertip. I shot a lot of these out of my old 629, and really don't remember them hurting this much. Certainly they don't sting like this coming out of the 6.5 inch 29.

The gun was scary accurate, firing neat cloverleaf groups at 15 yards off hand with 44spl. The magnums were equally accurate, but after a few cylinders a nasty flinch set in and I called it quits for the day with the big iron.

Trigger pull is fair, but not anything special. Single action is crisp, but double action is heavy and stacks noticably at the end. Hopefully it will wear in a bit, but if not it won't be hard to find someone to clean it up a bit.

Overall I am pleased. The gun was a pussycat with 44 spl and controllable with the new gold dot 44 magnum "short barrel" load (really more of a heavy special, 200 gr at around 1075 fps). The grips have to go. I hate the way the monogrip looks on the gun and the wood grips are just plain painful. I'm thinking about either the new Ahrends target grips or similar. I carried it today in an old Don Hume pancake. It tickles me when people complain about having trouble concealing a compact Glock. I carried this howitzer 12 hours under a loose sweater and didn't get as much as a funny look. It's not replacing my Glock 19 or my Sig 229 in the carry rotation anytime soon, but every once in a while its fun to strap on a big sixgun.

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November 3, 2006, 06:56 AM
I had a similar problem with a new 629, 4" and full power loads. Recoil was brutal-6rds. and web of hand @ thumb was bleeding (I pitched the rubber grips for some Eagle "Cokes" I modified). I finally ordered some Herrett "Jorden Troopers". They are a bit large for my taste, but handle extreme recoil well.

November 3, 2006, 07:10 AM
A year and a half back found me ordering an S&W .500 Magnum Hogue grip from S&W Accessories, probably the best $35 I ever spent on grips. They enclose the backstrap with recoil-absorbing material, and are standard on the S&W .460 & .500 models, so test the feel at your pusher's. I tried them on my 629MG - and it's first-ever .44 Magnums, the mean UMC 180gr SJHP's. The non-f.g. rounded Ahrends my MG usually wore were fine for the usual .44 Special & Russian fare my MG digested, but they were effective recoil-enhancers for those UMC's... ouch! The .500 Magnum grips were like magic - the muzzle rise was still there, but the recoil was manageable. Ultimately, I bought a new 6" 629 for those grips - and replaced my 629MG with a new 4" 629 with those grips. All of my other revolvers sport either wood or black Micarta. I highly reccomend the .500 Magnum Hogue's for recoil.


November 3, 2006, 11:03 AM
+1 on the 500 grip. I bought one for my 629MG on Stainz' recommendation and I'm tickled to death with it.

November 3, 2006, 12:34 PM
I had a pinned/recessed 629 4", and its the only gun i've ever owned that gave me a flinch. The grips were great (Pachmayr Presentation) but the recoil caused all my shots to hit waaaay to the left. Now with .44spl, it was fun and recoil seemed like a .22 after firing the Winchester 250gr. Platinums.

November 3, 2006, 01:05 PM
Congrats on your new MG! I love mine in 45 Colt. :)

November 3, 2006, 02:48 PM
Six Franklins and some change later and the new MG was riding home with me.
You make it

Yep, the 4-inchers do bite. I was surprised reading so many comments by owners who never seemed to mention it. And many models came with those cheese grater type wood grips. Shooting gloves do help, so you might give some a try.

November 3, 2006, 05:51 PM
wow! u think the 4 inchers bite!i've got a 3 inch 629-6 that kicks like a mule,oh the suntan u get from the flames!!:fire:

CSA 357
November 3, 2006, 06:05 PM
I like the way the 4 inch 44 bucks, i have a 629 and a 29-2 , and a 624 all 4 inch guns, the last time i shot i was bleading at both hands, shot about 200 rounds of my hand loads, need to do some sanding on those factory target grips, one set i have has some sharp edges, csa

November 3, 2006, 09:21 PM
Six Franklins and some change later and the new MG was riding home with me.
And I complained about the price when the first model came out. :o

Dark Helmet
November 3, 2006, 09:59 PM
Find a set of Pachmayr Compacs for K/L roundbutt.:D I had the same problem with a 629 Classic 5", the Hogue grips let the frame just smack the web of my hand and I couldn't get the high grip on it that the Compacs allowed. P.S. I've gotten my Compacs at gunshows for $10 a set!;)

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