I'm not sure. Probably for practical pistol competition.
April 20, 2009, 03:50 PM
If ya want the N frame in 357, the models 27 & 28 come to mind. But they won't have the full underlug.
April 20, 2009, 06:11 PM
It's been a long time since I've seen the gun in that picture, but it's a 44 mag stainless which makes it a 629 (dash something), silhouette version (notice the adjustable front sight), it's been magnaported (see those slots underneath the front sight?), and it's wearing Hogue grips.
Where did the picture come from?
How would a guy go about finding one like the top
Finding a full lug 44 won't be as difficult as finding a silhouette model.
April 20, 2009, 06:20 PM
All Model 29's are .44 Magnum.
Here is a link to all five pages of currently available .357 Magnum S&W's.
One of the various 686 models is what you are looking for.
thanks guys, The pic came from a thread on THR, It dident say what it was besides model 29...
So now I'm looking for a 686 or 686+
I think the dash means combat model... whatever that means...
April 20, 2009, 07:33 PM
It dident say what it was besides model 29
If the gun in the picture is a model 29, then in addition to somebody having had it magnaported and installing Hogue grips, they apparantly had it hard chromed as well.
They sunk some money into it.
April 20, 2009, 10:17 PM
Here's a picture of a Model 29. It's an early 29-2 with a 6 1/2" barrel. The dash two stands for Model 29, second change. This one is a "Dirty Harry Special". It's a sweetheart to shoot and very light pull on D/A.
April 20, 2009, 10:38 PM
That is a gorgeous Model 29! Reminds me why I love blued carbon steel and wood stocks so much. Perfection!
I like stainless okay too, just not as much as blue.
If you are looking for a full lug, stainless 357 Magnum, then the S&W 686 or Ruger GP100 are both excellent guns. IMO, which you choose is just a matter of preference.
Here are two pics of my 4" 686 wearing Ahrends wood stocks. I have followed with a Ruger GP100 pic just for ease of comparison (it is not mine):
That's called the barrel lug - on the "bent up one" that is just an ejector shroud, it is not a weighted lug. It is there to add weight to help control recoil. Slows down the handling and pointing of the gun, but it does do it's job. And it looks good, too, I agree.
If you want a .44, then you want a 629 "Classic Hunter" which had a full lug. They came out about 1990 or so and there are lots of them out there.
If you want a .357, then what you want is to get a pre-lock 686. You can have it bead-blasted for a little bit of money (a fraction of hard chroming) and it will look about the same and be as durable as you could ask. I actually think the pistol in your photo is just bead-blasted, not hard chromed. If it were hard chromed, the turn line would have worn dark, not polished shiny like stainless steel.
1 more thing, Whats the combat version??
The 686 is called the "Distinguished Combat Magnum" - so it's already "combat" as much as that means anything in pistols...
or 586 and get it chrome'd
Please don't wreck a nice 586 by hard-chroming it; just stick with a 686 and bead blast it. Much cheaper and practical and it gets you what you want.
This is a 686 "no dash" with plain target grips. I went for shiny instead of matte, but a bead-blast would make it look just like the gun you initially pictured.
First things first. The Md 29 (blued) and Md 629 (stainless) are .44 Magnums and are built on N (large) frames.
The Md 686 (stainless) is a .357 and is built on an L (medium) frame which is smaller than an N frame.
The under lug on the .44M is available as a 629 'Classic' and the .357M 686 is also availble and also has the under lug. Confussed, don't be, Smith's can be confusing at times because they make so many models in so many differnt calibers.
Hope this helps.
April 20, 2009, 11:52 PM
The Smith you are lusting after has a a Mag-Na Port cut in the barrel and right above that, the little "wheel" is for adjusting the 4 position front sight. It also has Houge wood grips ----- this may have been a S&W Performance Center gun .
April 21, 2009, 09:17 AM
Well, you know I'm an old fogy because I think THIS is what a 29 should look like.