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January 7, 2004, 04:08 AM
Smith's M29 and M629 have been made in 3 inchers.
January 7, 2004, 07:42 AM
I don't recall any manufacturer making a 2 inch 44 magnum, but S&W and Astra both made 4 inch 44's. I think S&W may have also made some special runs for distributors such as Lew Horton with 3 inch barrels.
January 7, 2004, 08:27 AM
There are also a few 2 5/8" 629's out there.
January 7, 2004, 08:34 AM
I'm not a big Taurus fan, but about 96-97 they did make few 3" M44's with fixed sights, and I would dearly love to have one of these. Any tinkering/smithing necessary to get it runnung and regulated would be well worth the effort.
January 7, 2004, 09:01 AM
Astra made one. It had a 3" barrel. Model name was "Terminator". I never did see many at gun shows though.
Can someone please comment on how these feel to shoot actual magnum loads out of? I'm thinking one box in a shooting session, even with gloves, would be a bit much.
January 7, 2004, 12:19 PM
I had one of the original Lew Horton Model 29-3 3" blued revolvers.
As I recall this was the first round butt N-frame. I loved it. It shot great.
It was heavy enough to absorb the recoil but the barrel was short enough to minimize muzzle flip. But with heavy loads it was LOUD!:what:
During a mental lapse I sold it and have regretted it every day since.
For me it is truely the one that got away. :(
From what I hear the full underlug ported 629s are even nicer to shoot.
January 7, 2004, 03:13 PM
I'm not very recoil sensitive,but the 3" 629 with full power 240gr loads has pretty harsh recoil with the factory wood grips and becomes much more painless with rubber grips.I typically get blood in the web of my hand after two cylinderfulls with the wood grips right at the corner at top of the backstrap.With 180gr loads,big blast and flash,but not as bad recoil.
In short,"very snappy.":D
January 7, 2004, 03:32 PM
i had a 629 3 incher and sold it in a fit of stupidity as well... now the guy wont sell back (at a higher price!) i have a 3 inch 24 but its not the same. it was a real boomer with full power stuff but a puffcake with lower power stuff and .44 spc ammo
i'd really like a 3 inch 25 or 625 in .45 colt. with fixed sights.
theres a guy on the S&W forum under the handle " Doc44 " that has some awesome pieces including a 3 inch .44 mag that was special ordered from the factory in the 70's on a model 58 frame (combat sights) but has a 3 inch semi lugged barrel with low ramp sight. box label says 58/29 special order... very cool.. maybe somebody could go to that sight and swipe the photo and post it here... i dont have the ability with this puter
January 7, 2004, 03:38 PM
Sick. Evil. I like it.
Now all we need is a Model 329 scandium snubbie in .44 Magnum. :evil:
January 7, 2004, 04:29 PM
Hey Sean.....check out Gunbroker, I swear I have seen some chopped down 329's that are Performance Center items.
January 7, 2004, 08:22 PM
That's just mighty pretty!
January 7, 2004, 08:30 PM
That's exactly what I have! A 1 of 300 production 2½" fixed sight S&W 629-5. I bought it right before the S&W agreement with the Clinton adminstration.
I have put about 100 full house .44 Magnums through the gun since I bought it. With the Hogue Monogrip rubber grips that came with it, it isn't really too hateful. However, shooting with the Hogue Hardwood grip I bought for it becomes painful in just a few shots. The gun wanted to twist in my hand with the smooth wood grips.
It is a gun I won't regret selling because I won't sell it! :neener:
January 7, 2004, 09:42 PM
I had never seen the fixed-sight variant of the 629. Superb.
January 7, 2004, 11:06 PM
I have a 3" 629 double Magnaported (two ports each side) Perf Ctr gun. With the Badger grips that came with it, its recoil was about the same as my 4" M29 with Pachmayr Presentations (SN-S), which is to say, not bad. Full-house 240's are definitely OK. Only 250gr Partitions seem a little brisk, but still OK. Have not tried 300gr bullets in either 29 or 629.
With my present Fishpaw grips which, although French walnut, approximately duplicate Pachmayr Compacs, I 'spect the recoil would seem a little less. Can't remermber whether I've tried them yet or not. If so, it has been a while since then.
January 8, 2004, 03:48 AM
I have a soft spot in my heart for the 3" 629 that I stupidly sold a few years ago. Believe it or not it was the best packing handgun I've ever carried, it just fit me perfect. Heck, I was patted down by a police officer while carrying it & he didn't find it (you should have seen the look on his face after he asked my if I had any weapons on my person & I told him about the .44 Magnum behind my right hip) but that's another story:D
Mine wasn't ported & depending on the load it was either quite pleasant to shoot (Silvertips -- my carry load) to umm...tenderizing with 320 grain loads.
I would really love to find another one but they’re very scarce around here.
January 8, 2004, 09:40 AM
I have a 3" 629 Trail Boss, that resembles Tamara's, but with a Hogue monogrip with lanyard loop bottom screw. With stout loads, it's a handful for recoil, but is it ever LOUD!!! You can feel concussion in your chest when you touch 'er off.
Editted to add: I think that original Horton run of 3" blue 29 round-butt guns actually had K-frame grip frames, IIRC.
January 8, 2004, 10:43 AM
The grips on the Horton 29s were different than K-frame.
There were some gunsmiths at the time that were doing custom roundbutting and those were K-frame size since no one was making round butt N-frame grips yet.
It's a good thing I liked the smooth wood grips on mine because, at that time, I couldn't find anything to replave them with except Pachmayr square butt ones.
January 8, 2004, 02:55 PM
I have the same gun with the same stocks as Tamara only mine isn't ported. It came with an absolutely beautiful El Paso Saddlery holster that attracted me as much as the gun.
I carried it earlier this year on a fly fishing trip loaded with absolute max loaded 240 grain LBT bullets.
One problem with mine, the barrel isn't screwed in straight. I have the rear sight moved all the way over to achieve zero. But of course it doesn't matter since it is zeroed.
January 8, 2004, 11:52 PM
Here's my S&W 629 with 3" barrel and unfluted cylinder. It is quite a handful to shoot with full power magnums, but the rubber grips help a lot.
It's very loud and very fun to shoot! :D
Interesting, but I couldn't imagine carrying one. A titanium .41 mag snub with 210gr. loads is the loudest gun I've EVER fired. Funny it's the first "centerfire" revolver I'd ever fired as well. What a way to start out handgun shooting! Worst recoil and loudest noise possible! Guess I'm a masochist! LoL.
January 9, 2004, 08:56 AM
I know... you want a snubby. While 4" is definitely longer than your stated range, please consider this. I just have to suggest a 629 Mountain Gun for your perusal. Definitely capable of any commercial .44M loads, mine sees only a maximum of warmer .44 Special loads, although they are loaded in .44M cases. Great looker with wood grips - and comfortable, too. Keep those Hogue monogrips handy, should you want real .44M loads. Yeah, and if you want one at 2/3 the weight of my SS 629MG, there is always the new 329...
January 9, 2004, 11:52 PM
I find this 629-4 fun to shoot with the wood grips. A full box of 240 GR mags is not at all painful.