Lew Horton S&W 29-3 with 3" Bbl


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bigflax925
May 17, 2007, 01:23 PM
Just picked this up, but don't know much about it, other than it was a special run for Lew Horton.

Condition is about 85% or so, and came with original box, grips, and cleaning kit. I had thought about having John Norrell do a moly-coat finish on it, but intend to carry it regardless of the finish.

Any insight? What's it worth? Is the porting original?

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e332/bigflax925/Lew%20Horton/pix1289008062.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e332/bigflax925/Lew%20Horton/pix1289007750.jpg
http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e332/bigflax925/Lew%20Horton/pix1289007375.jpg

Thanks!

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Stoney
May 18, 2007, 08:01 AM
I'm not sure about the porting, but I'm a big fan of the 3" 44 mags. I keep an eye out for them on Gunbroker. Price wise I'v noted the unfluted Lew Horton's going between $ 650.00 to $800.00. You have a fine revolver, enjoy it.

johnny blaze
May 18, 2007, 12:10 PM
That is a nice one.
How can you tell if the revolver is a Lew Horton model?

Stoney
May 19, 2007, 07:54 AM
If it's a round butt and has a 3" barrel it's a Lew Horton. I don't believe Smith & Wesson made 3" barrel 29's other than Lew Hortons. Though I could be wrong.:confused:

WmCC
May 19, 2007, 08:45 AM
Nice gun!

I have a L.H. 3" 629 (not ported) which I purchased (new) five years ago for around $650 or so, ( retailed for $850). You can call Lew Horton re. the origin of the porting job. I don't know, myself.

Extremely accurate guns although you may need a shorter front sight to bring POI up at 25 to 50 yards as I did...no big deal. It equals or beats the accuracy of both my 4 5/8" SBH and my 5 1/2"629 out to 50 yds. Impressive.

Three years ago I purposely fired one round w/o ear protection to sample its effect in a self defense role. Trust me...you don't want to shoot full house loads through it w/o "ears" unless a great bear or cape buffalo is knawing on your leg.

Congratulations on a very nice handgun.

DMZ
May 20, 2007, 01:55 AM
I have a LH M29-3 3" , fluted cylinder, goncolo alves Ahrends wood grips. I think it was mfg'ed in the early 80's.

It has a great trigger and the grips are very well designed. It is very accurate and a pleasure to shoot.

I shoot mostly .44 Spl's in it (want it to last to be handed down to my son), though it is not at all uncomfortable to shoot full house .44 mags.

I mostly carry it when backpacking in bear country.

It is by far one of my favorites and I was lucky to find it near new condition at a great price. The previous owner did not care for the big recoil and muzzle blast. (I think he bought it to show off, but only fired it a few times)

rbmcmjr
May 21, 2007, 12:18 AM
f it's a round butt and has a 3" barrel it's a Lew Horton. I don't believe Smith & Wesson made 3" barrel 29's other than Lew Hortons. Though I could be wrong.

You're wrong.

Okay, that sounded harsh. But you are wrong. The model 29s made for Lew Horton weren't full lugged and they were fluted, just like the one DMZ describes. The one I had (gave it to my little brother) had an "ALB" prefix in the serial number. What you have there is a classic example of the S&W "Gun of the Week" phenomenon from the early 90s.

I'll bet that the serial number is BDZ4xxx or something close to that. That's what these have:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b240/rbmcmjr/44projectgenesis.jpg

By the way, that looks like the porting you see on my chromed one in that picture. Is there a small symbol like this on the right cover plate?

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b240/rbmcmjr/44weigandrearright.jpg

If so, the work was done by Jack Weigand.

Stoney
May 21, 2007, 06:49 AM
rbmcmjr
Any idea on what year those were made and how many made in that series?

rbmcmjr
May 22, 2007, 11:48 PM
I don't know about the number. I'd guess somewhere between 500 and 5000 but I have no way to back up that guess.

I bought mine in May of 1993 from Ron Hess there on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, VA. The purchase price, new, was $425 each.

Rick

bigflax925
May 30, 2007, 02:08 PM
I have been out of town, so I still haven't picked it up yet from my dealer.

I will post more pics of it soon. I hope to be firing it this weekend!

Standing Wolf
May 30, 2007, 09:23 PM
I carry a three-inch pre-agreement model 629 two or three days a week. It's a trifle on the heavy side to carry all day long, but I figure as expensive as ammunition has become, it's probably a good idea to stop a crime with just one shot.

medmo
May 31, 2007, 05:08 PM
Standing Wolf,

You will also have an easy time picking the bad guy out of a police line up if you miss him with that one shot. It is always going to be the guy with the singed eyebrows and eye lashes.

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