The model 29 S&W


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gym
July 22, 2013, 06:28 PM
I just read the latest issue of American Rifleman. They have a feature on the model 29, Dirty Harry's famous 44 mag ". Just curious how many guys own one, and if you ever carry it for your every day carry. Always loved that gun but never could justify buying one in recent years, they came out at $135.00.

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Hurricane
July 22, 2013, 06:30 PM
They are an engineering marvel. Fits my hand perfectly, shoots smooth and true. I couldn't hope nor ask for a better revolver. With a 6.5" barrel though I can't use it for concealed carry. Maybe open. But I think there are better options.

Dframe
July 22, 2013, 06:32 PM
I own one with a 3 inch barrel and love it. Certainly NOT the best carry gun though.

Wil Terry
July 22, 2013, 07:56 PM
THAT BY WHICH all else is judged. Have it in 4", 6", and 7 1/2".

JFtheGR8
July 22, 2013, 10:16 PM
I had a 629 Classic with a 6 1/2 inch barrel. It was a great shooter. I wish I still had it.


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Mick_W
July 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
My 629-1 is one of the most accurate and fun to shoot guns I have ever had.

DC Plumber
July 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
I have a 6" 29-2 from 1982. Never ccw, but has been on a few whitetail hunts.

It is a perfectly balanced and weighted big bore.

David E
July 22, 2013, 10:27 PM
THAT BY WHICH all else is judged. Have it in 4", 6", and 7 1/2".

7 1/2?

Are you sure?

tomrkba
July 22, 2013, 10:53 PM
Yaaaawn. Need pix!

http://i1205.photobucket.com/albums/bb425/tomrkba/firearms/revolvers/Smith%20Model%20629-1/Smith-629-1.jpg

vkeith
July 23, 2013, 12:25 AM
I have a 6" Magna-ported 29-3 that is an absolute pleasure to shoot, even with hot loads. The previous owner had replaced the original grips with a Hogue Monogrip that is very comfortable, but I prefer the look and feel of the original grips, and will find a replacement set one day.

It's a well-balanced gun that has a very smooth DA trigger, and in SA there is no take-up on the trigger at all. It would be one of the very last guns I would ever consider selling. However, since I am 6' and 150 lbs., there's just no way that I could possibly hope to conceal it unless I was wearing a huge parka.

If you want one, look around, especially in the private sector, because on occasion you can find one for a good price (like I did), and they are a hoot to shoot.

larry237
July 23, 2013, 01:36 AM
I have a very nice 29-3, 6 inch, which I bought used around 1989. It didn't appear to have been shot much or carried, since the finish was great. I have carried it while hiking in the Yellowstone region, before I got a Ruger Alaskan. It is a great shooter, with an extremely smooth trigger pull, which makes it easy to shoot accurately. It is kind of big and heavy for every day carry, but with the right holster and belt it isn't too bad. I feel pretty confident with it out to around 50 yards. It's fun to shoot 44 specials and magnums aren't unpleasant. It isn't a gun I carry or shoot every time, because I kind of hate to scuff up the nice blue finish. If it was the only gun available to me, I'd feel pretty well armed. I'll never get rid of it.

rondog
July 23, 2013, 01:55 AM
I'd love to have a long-barreled one! That would be awesome. Shoulda bought one back in the day.

Twiki357
July 23, 2013, 02:33 AM
I've wanted one for many years, but could never justify the cost. I finally had the stars in proper alignment about six months. Acquired this one for a reasonable price and about 95% condition with recycled tires masquerading as stocks. I don't think I would ever carry it for CCW. Even with suspenders, I already have enough trouble keeping my pants from falling down.

4D5
July 23, 2013, 03:16 AM
I have more than one, and they are all fun to shoot and way more accurate than I'll ever be.

critter
July 23, 2013, 07:45 AM
I almost have one! Mine is the 8 3/8" S&W .44 magnum but is a PRE model 29. Just a lovely firearm indeed!

Boxhead
July 23, 2013, 07:47 AM
I have an azzload of 29's/629's, 4", 5", 6", 6 1/2" and 8 3/8", all P&R'd. They, to me, are the finest revolver ever made.

Quoheleth
July 23, 2013, 08:36 AM
How does a .44 Mag compare to the model 25 in .45 Colt in terms of recoil and blast?

To keep it simple, use an average, standard commercially available load in each caliber.

I know the .44 Mag has more recoil & blast, but are we talking marginal or whole new world of boom?

Had a 25 "Model of 1955" and stupidly sold it, just in time for prices to skyrocket. Now, unless I get lucky or be patient in saving my nickles, I won't be able to replace it.

Q

40-82
July 23, 2013, 09:05 AM
Funny you should ask. As I found your post this morning, I had a 3-inch Model 29 inches away from my hand. Yesterday, I had it with me on my way out to do some bush hogging for a friend. On my way out to his farm he called me to ask me to step into Wal-Mart and pick up a jug of antifreeze. I just pulled my shirt-tail over the little Model 29 and went straight into the store. I couldn't conceal even this short-barreled Model 29 under all summer conditions, but if it is a choice of looking sloppy with my shirt-tail out and having the Model 29 and looking neat and pressed with a J-frame in the pocket, I'll take looking sloppy.

W.E.G.
July 23, 2013, 09:41 AM
Carrying a 6.5" N-frame on a daily basis is only something they do in the movies.

I have one, and its about TWICE the size of a full-size Glock.

DM~
July 23, 2013, 11:39 AM
My 29's have put a lot of meat in my freezer, from moose on down to deer and small game. I can't even guess how many miles i've carried one.

DM

Driftwood Johnson
July 23, 2013, 11:55 AM
How does a .44 Mag compare to the model 25 in .45 Colt in terms of recoil and blast?

To keep it simple, use an average, standard commercially available load in each caliber.

I know the .44 Mag has more recoil & blast, but are we talking marginal or whole new world of boom?

Had a 25 "Model of 1955" and stupidly sold it, just in time for prices to skyrocket. Now, unless I get lucky or be patient in saving my nickles, I won't be able to replace it.


Howdy

Comparing standard factory loads, to use your phrase, yes, there is a whole new world of boom when you compare a 44 Mag to a 45 Colt.

Dframe
July 23, 2013, 12:19 PM
Yup. A whole world of boom. I'm gonn stray just a bit, and say that While I love my 29, my favorite 44 magnum is my Anaconda.

CraigC
July 23, 2013, 12:28 PM
Both my 6" 29 and 629MG are wonderful shooters. Still need a 4" 29 that should probably get engraved and fitted with a black front sight and ivory. Would also like a 5" 29 Classic.
http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/sixgunsiii/large/IMG_8761b.jpg


Carrying a 6.5" N-frame on a daily basis is only something they do in the movies.
Concealing yes, carrying no.

CPLofMARINES
July 23, 2013, 01:34 PM
I believe it was Clint Smith who once said, "the 4" M 29
Is too much of a good thing." With magnums it demands
Your full attention, with hot Specials, it's a great PD
Option. I have carried mine, (fall/winter) good holster and
What some folks forget is a good gun belt. Not a normal
Belt, but a gun belt, there is a difference. Now, the longer
Barrels, I think most folks keep them reserved for range
And field/hunting use.

Semper Fi

Confederate
July 23, 2013, 11:13 PM
The 29/629 are beautiful revolvers I could afford owning. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford shooting them. They're also pretty much of a hunting round. Using one for self defense just isn't practical, unless you're defending yourself from a bear.

Putting 2- and 3-inch barrels on them are a bit of a waste unless you're hiking on Alaskan trails. Loading hot .44 Spc rounds also isn't very practical as there are hot .357 Mag loads that are better manstoppers than either specials or magnums. The .44 rounds don't have the room to expand and any energy expended in over-penetration is wasted.

The 29/629 is beautiful, well balanced, accurate and practical. How they stand up to thousands of hot, factory rounds is beyond me. Are they just larger caliber versions of the 19/66? I don't know. But I do know that it wouldn't be worth it for me to have a Ruger Redhawk or, worse, a Super Redhawk. Although they may be fine for some, their size and weight make it just as practical to buy a rifle.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW629_Emblem.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW629_Emblem.jpg.html)

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW629_6.jpg (http://s256.photobucket.com/user/jriler/media/SW629_6.jpg.html)

The older models with the stamped side plates, recessed chambers and plated
hammers/triggers are my favorites.

CPLofMARINES
July 24, 2013, 12:07 AM
Confederate, I beg to differ; a .44 Spl at 850 to 1000 Fps
Is not a waste of energy nor penetration, (180 to 240 grn)
Hollow point that is. Folks out there carry this on a daily
Basis and I'm sure they feel well protected as I would be.

USSR
July 24, 2013, 10:20 AM
The .44 rounds don't have the room to expand and any energy expended in over-penetration is wasted.

A common misconception. The mathematical calculation of "energy" never killed a thing. What kills is either the shutting down of the CNS such as with a shot to the brain, neck, or spine, or the rapid loss of BP due to the destruction of flesh and blood vessels. In the latter case, complete penetration causes both additional destruction and a more rapid loss of BP and, IMHO, any bullet that does not completely penetrate is not suitable for use for SD or for taking game animals.

Don

CajunBass
July 24, 2013, 10:39 AM
I've owned two Model 29-2's over the years. A blue one with a 4" barrel, and a nickel with a 6 1/2". Both were great shooters, and about the best looking revolvers I ever owned.

BUT...I liked the Model 24 and Model 21, 44 Specials I had better. With the 44 magnums I shot 44 special loads most of the time anyway, but the 44 special guns were a little lighter and trimmer, and just felt a little better in my hands. (The barrels on the 44 Specials were more tapered, and the cylinders were slightly shorter, which accounted for the lighter weight.)

And there was something cool about it when someone asked at the range..."44 Magnum?" "No...44 Special." That usually started a conversation.

I did try carrying the Model 21...I think it was a -4, a Thunder Ranch model anyway, for a bit. A big, fixed sight, 4" barrel, N frame revolver it was about the most serious looking revolver I ever owned. With Hogue grips it looked like an overgrown Model 10. It was just too heavy to carry for me. A Model 29 would have been even heavier.

Wil Terry
July 24, 2013, 01:54 PM
7 1/2?

Are you sure?
YEP !

David E
July 24, 2013, 02:59 PM
YEP !

A picture would be appreciated. Maybe one with a ruler...

CraigC
July 24, 2013, 03:40 PM
If Terry says he has a 7" model 29, then that's what he has. It's not like they never made one, or that a longer model couldn't be shortened. :rolleyes:

Turned up in a 30sec search:
http://www.gunauction.com/buy/8648646/revolvers-for-sale/smith-and-wesson-smith-and-wesson-29-5-magna-classic-44mag-7.5-inch-1-of-3000-cased

http://pictures.gunauction.com/8324210507/12034334/0429a%20%2011.jpg_thumbnail0.jpg

David E
July 24, 2013, 05:10 PM
Not doubting him, just would appreciate a pic.

CraigC
July 24, 2013, 05:17 PM
His sixgun is a Classic as pictured above. Also revealed in a quick search as he posted on TFL.

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158392

HiVel
July 24, 2013, 05:40 PM
I have had several-a 629 in 5", now a 29 in 4" -the new version , a really sweet gun. I like this one best of all. Black is beautiful.
Also had a Mountain gun in 4".
Had several others- a shorty 629 that was ported from the factory with a lanyard stud on the bottom of the grip-cant remember the name of it
A 6" 629 that I sold due to non-use at he time.
They are wonderful guns and everybody needs to have one!

HiVel
July 24, 2013, 05:42 PM
I have had several-a 629 in 5", now a 29 in 4" -the new version , a really sweet gun. I like this one best of all. Black is beautiful.
Also had a Mountain gun in 4".
Had several others- a shorty 629 that was ported from the factory with a lanyard stud on the bottom of the grip-cant remember the name of it
A 6" 629 that I sold due to non-use at the time.
They are wonderful guns and everybody needs to have one!



oops sorry

David E
July 24, 2013, 07:20 PM
His sixgun is a Classic as pictured above. Also revealed in a quick search as he posted on TFL.

I keep dismissing the so-called "Classics," they're just........not right

AFDavis11
July 24, 2013, 07:21 PM
Just picked up a four inch a few weeks ago, blued. With the new grip design it was the sweetest, most accurate gun I've ever fired. The wife asked me why I call my only "black" gun "blue". Didn't have a good answer.

planetmobius
July 24, 2013, 10:45 PM
I have a 6" 629 from the early 80's and a 29 with 8 3/8' barrel from around the same time. Been on lots of hunts and have taken deer with both. The most refined 44mag you can get. Eventually I will pick up a couple more.

Confederate
July 25, 2013, 12:32 AM
Confederate, I beg to differ; a .44 Spl at 850 to 1000 Fps is not a waste of energy nor penetration, (180 to 240 grn). Hollow point that is. Folks out there carry this on a daily basis and I'm sure they feel well protected as I would be.
I also would feel very well protected by such a load, but then, I think .25acp autos and .22lr autos are horribly underrated. And while each caliber has its place, my point is that I believe a 125gr JHP .357 load from a true medium-frame revolver would be a far better package than a big .44 mag loaded with heavy .44spc loads.

The .357 load mentioned above tends to stay in the body and deliver high levels of energy that make it one of the most effective loads of all handgun rounds. I was hoping the .40-caliber auto would deliver similar results, but it just hasn't (at least the last time I looked). I used to carry a 5-round .44 Charter Arms pistol, the Bulldog, but it took relatively weak loads and eventually began to bind. I eventually figured that it would be better to have six rounds of .357 than five rounds of .44spc, and I was appalled when people began converting their fine Ruger Speed-Six revolvers to five rounds of .44spc.

While I'd be perfectly comfortable using any modern load of .44, .45, and even 9mm, my confidence in the .357 is based on consistent performance over the years. A .44 at 1,000 fps is a formidable round, granted, but I'd hate to have to carry a big revolver like a Smith 29 to deliver it.

CraigC
July 25, 2013, 12:46 AM
I keep dismissing the so-called "Classics," they're just........not right
Not the same thing. Back in the late `80's and early `90's S&W had their "Magna Classic" and DX models. These are pre-lock guns with forged innards and the DX guns were hand picked due to their accuracy. Head and shoulders above that crap they call "Classic" now. They were fine sixguns by any measure.

CPLofMARINES
July 25, 2013, 02:47 AM
Confederate; clearly understand what you are saying.

Semper Fi

loose noose
July 25, 2013, 01:30 PM
I've got the 8 3/8" model which makes it carrying concealed a bit of a pita, however I've got a big leather holster to carry it out in the open, when I'm out hunting in bear country. I've had it about 20 years or so, bought it used but like new in the box.

FM12
July 25, 2013, 05:28 PM
M29 or 629 in 8 3/8" bbl= short bbl rifles!

Fishslayer
July 25, 2013, 06:05 PM
The older models with the stamped side plates, recessed chambers and plated
hammers/triggers are my favorites.

629 no dash is right at the top of my "must haves." A 4 incher is about as close as I have to a "grail gun." ;)

aarondhgraham
July 25, 2013, 06:51 PM
629 no dash is right at the top of my "must haves."

You mean like this old gal,,,
It's a 6" or 6.5" barrel,,,
I can never remember.

629-no dash,,,
Pinned and recessed,,,
I named this lady, Jezebel.

http://aarondgraham.com/lwat/handguns/02-jezebel.JPG

It was a gift from a very dear friend,,,
It was her father's favorite gun,,,
I got it when he passed.

Aarond

.

BigG
July 25, 2013, 06:57 PM
THAT BY WHICH all else is judged. Have it in 4", 6", and 7 1/2".
Have to agree with Mr Wil Terry. The best. Here's mine.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i115/BigG_photos/Picture19085.jpg

David E
July 25, 2013, 07:09 PM
You mean like this old gal,,,
It's a 6" or 6.5" barrel,,,
I can never remember.

http://aarondgraham.com/lwat/handguns/02-jezebel.JPG

Aarond

.

I think the 629 heralded the change from 6 1/2" to 6" barrels.

Reloadron
July 25, 2013, 09:11 PM
Model 29-5 Look Ma, no flutes just like the previous 29-5 but alas only a 6" barrel. This gun has been one of the most enjoyable I own.

http://www.bearblain.com/images/SW%20Model%2029.png

Ron

rcmodel
July 25, 2013, 10:27 PM
It just so happens I have a 1950 Target in .44 Spl. that is about 550 numbers earlier then the serial number (S 147220) of Keith's first .44 Magnum Model 29.

Further, it was shipped from the factory new in 1955.

Makes me wonder if the same guys handprints were on it that built Keith's gun shipped in 1956??

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/1950SW.jpg

rc

Clark
July 26, 2013, 02:40 AM
Everybody seems to like their kids, their dog, and their 44 mag.
I have had a 29-4 for 16 years and I have enjoyed it.

RealGun
July 28, 2013, 09:32 AM
rcmodel - It just so happens I have a 1950 Target in .44 Spl. that is about 550 numbers earlier then the serial number (S 147220) of Keith's first .44 Magnum Model 29.

Further, it was shipped from the factory new in 1955.

Makes me wonder if the same guys handprints were on it that built Keith's gun shipped in 1956??

Nice gun, but it's the same unattractive trigger and hammer that bothers me on my SS 629. Near as I can tell, mine is color case-hardened MIM. I am going to research getting a SS set for my gun. I wonder if a set is available blued or somehow blackened to match your gun.

This is the trigger and hammer I want, thanks to the picture of Confederate's gun.http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW629_Emblem.jpg

back40
July 28, 2013, 10:44 AM
real gun, i think it's safe to say that rcmodel's trigger and hammer are not MIM. i, for one, actually like the look of the color case hardened hammer and trigger on both blued and stainless guns.

dickydalton
July 28, 2013, 12:48 PM
I have one of the 1978 629s pinned and recessed in the fancy box, one of 100 and it's killed deer. I also have a Mountain Gun from the first run of 3000in about 1988, when they introduced them, that carries well in a jean pocket.

RealGun
July 28, 2013, 06:52 PM
back40 - real gun, i think it's safe to say that rcmodel's trigger and hammer are not MIM. i, for one, actually like the look of the color case hardened hammer and trigger on both blued and stainless guns.

I edited my post to make it clear that I was referring to my trigger/hammer, not what appears to be a stainless trigger and hammer in the picture from Confederate.

This is a picture of my gun.

http://i880.photobucket.com/albums/ac5/at_liberty/Guns/SmithampWesson62544Magnum5inch.jpg (http://s880.photobucket.com/user/at_liberty/media/Guns/SmithampWesson62544Magnum5inch.jpg.html)

Wil Terry
July 28, 2013, 07:02 PM
I have one of the 1978 629s pinned and recessed in the fancy box, one of 100 and it's killed deer. I also have a Mountain Gun from the first run of 3000in about 1988, when they introduced them, that carries well in a jean pocket.
WAIT A MINUTE...is not the first issue of the lightweoight barrel M629 44MAg sixguns called the " MOUNTAIN REVOLVER"? I think mine is among the first dozen or so..
The Mountain Guns came later.

bobinoregon
July 28, 2013, 07:07 PM
My 8 3/8 29-2 is my favorite shooter in my revolver collection. Everything a pistol should be

back40
July 28, 2013, 07:33 PM
real gun, my point was that rcmodel's trigger/hammer is not MIM. imho, that lock on the side of the frame is much more unattractive than the color case hardened trigger and hammer. but hey, to each his own, right?

jack44
July 28, 2013, 07:38 PM
I would like to have one but there no way I pay over 1 grand for a hand gun!

mope540
July 28, 2013, 09:35 PM
629-1, and a 29-3.

http://www.zewp.com/dump/photo/DSCN5298.JPG

Fishslayer
July 29, 2013, 02:02 AM
S&W started putting the MIM hammer & trigger on with the 629-5 in '97. Quick way to tell is to look for the firing pin mounted on the pre MIM hammer. See that little hole at the top of the hammer? That's it. ;) In '97 they went to the MIM parts and a frame mounted firing pin.

MIM trigger & hammer are usually black. Never say never, but pre MIM hammer & trigger should have come from the factory chrome plated.

There are a brazilian variations of the M29/629 so there might be the odd exception.

I'm fairly certain the MIM & pre MIM parts are not interchangable but I'm not an expert.

CraigC
July 29, 2013, 01:40 PM
I wonder if a set is available blued or somehow blackened to match your gun.
I hate to speak for someone else but I'm fairly certain RC ain't gonna be sending the hammer and trigger from his 1950 Target off to be blued. :rolleyes:


...what appears to be a stainless trigger and hammer in the picture from Confederate.
They're not stainless, they're flash chromed. You really need to educate yourself on this subject, rather than polluting every thread with a picture of a S&W with your complaints about the color case hardened hammers and triggers.

CraigC
July 29, 2013, 01:42 PM
WAIT A MINUTE...is not the first issue of the lightweoight barrel M629 44MAg sixguns called the " MOUNTAIN REVOLVER"? I think mine is among the first dozen or so..
The Mountain Guns came later.
I'd have to dig out my books but weren't the "Mountain Revolvers" all .45's???

RealGun
July 29, 2013, 03:00 PM
CraigC - You really need to educate yourself on this subject,

There you go with your high and mighty ad hominem again. Someone with so many posts should reflect a better sense of community. If we knew everything or knew where to find it, we wouldn't need this forum would we?

RealGun
July 29, 2013, 03:05 PM
back40 - real gun, my point was that rcmodel's trigger/hammer is not MIM. imho, that lock on the side of the frame is much more unattractive than the color case hardened trigger and hammer. but hey, to each his own, right?

Perhaps not a good metaphor, because the lock is not optional and is certainly not very obtrusive. The trigger and hammer can perhaps be fixed. There obviously are different colors available.

back40
July 29, 2013, 06:05 PM
it wasn't a metaphor. for me the lock is much more unattractive than the trigger and hammer. there simply isn't anything wrong with them.

also, before you mention that someone else should have a better sense of community, perhaps you should refrain from coming on a forum and talking about how ugly other people's firearms are.

Deaf Smith
July 29, 2013, 06:14 PM
Yea can't beat those N frames, 29, 629, 25, 625....

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176000&d=1355098863

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=183377&d=1367117863

Yep.. nice hoglegs but except for (maybe) they 625-2 3 inch .45 ACP above they ain't good carry guns except maybe in the winter.

Deaf

RealGun
July 30, 2013, 09:58 AM
back40 - before you mention that someone else should have a better sense of community, perhaps you should refrain from coming on a forum and talking about how ugly other people's firearms are.

Can you quote me as having done that? You make more of a scene than I did.

RealGun
July 30, 2013, 10:41 AM
I contacted S&W to get more information about the triggers I see on their guns that are silvery in color, but they are on summer break this week.

dickydalton
July 30, 2013, 07:55 PM
The very first 629 Mountain Gun figuration was introduced in 1989. It is a 629-2 version frame and only 3000 were made. I read a write up on them in a Guns and Ammo, I believe. Already owning a 29 and my 629 it made me drool. Back in those days Reeds Sport shop was a small operation in Walker Mn. I think it was 1990 when I stopped in on my way by to window shop and saw it in the case. I could hardly believe they had one and immediately put $25 down on it with a promise to come back on the weekend to pay it off. After the paper was done I asked him if he knew how rare they were and he told me he could get more if he wanted to. I told him to order me another one and I would buy 2. I lived an hour away and when I got home the phone was ringing and it was Reeds wanting to give me my down payment and more money back to let them keep the gun. I told them no and went to the bank and then back up there and picked it up.
Is it worth a fortune? No, as I had it tuned and have shot it a bunch. The demand for them caused S & W to start up making more of them and I'm not sure when they started making them in 45 Colt as the 625 Mountain Gun.

dickydalton
July 30, 2013, 07:56 PM
The last one was in reply to Wil Terry

doc540
July 30, 2013, 08:42 PM
629 Classic

factory ported

silhouette match shooter

same gun in both optics and irons classes

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SW%20629%20Classic/4e0c5262-6d9f-4f42-9163-a6a6cf56eea3_zps1fd4e69d.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/SW%20629%20Classic/6757131a-df55-4365-b18e-e1cde168edbc_zps8e12d872.jpg

GBExpat
July 30, 2013, 08:50 PM
I have a 3" 629 that I purchased new in about 1987. I quickly replaced the wood grips, which savaged my thumb knuckle, with Pachmayrs.

Early-on I spent an inordinate amount of my "range time" shooting old golf balls from ~8yds. The way they suddenly DISAPPEARED amused me (and those with me, one of whom provided the copious quantities of the golf balls). :)

At that time and for years afterwards I could buy a 50rd box of American Eagle .44Mag for ~$11-$13. Oh, the memories.

Queen_of_Thunder
July 30, 2013, 08:55 PM
I'm the proud owner of two model 29-3's woth 8 3/8 inch barrels.

all357mag
July 30, 2013, 09:05 PM
The model 29 is pleasant to shoot and accurate, but still a model 27 wannabe!

back40
July 30, 2013, 09:36 PM
realgun...Nice gun, but it's the same unattractive trigger and hammer

It's interesting how people become accustomed to a trigger and hammer that don't match the gun, even convincing themselves that they prefer something cynical and ugly.

you asked, i responded. i think enough has been said.

RealGun
July 31, 2013, 08:20 AM
S&W Performance Center SS guns feature chromed triggers and hammers, so someone thinks that finish color is special. I am pursuing getting my gun refitted by PF or with a similar custom trigger/hammer set locally.

highpower
July 31, 2013, 09:40 AM
I have a few:

Top to bottom;
6 1/2" 29-2 (the Dirty Harry gun)
6 1/2" 629-4 Classic DX
4" 29 no dash

http://highpower.smugmug.com/Firearms/sw/i-ngKWLZ9/0/XL/IMG_1836-XL.jpg

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
August 2, 2013, 11:54 AM
Nice guns everybody!

I own 4 S&Ws but this is my only S&W revolver so far.
It is in fact one of the previously-mentioned 629-2 'Mountain Revolvers,' serial # dates 1989. It's got a sweet trigger on it.
I love this gun, but I'm considering trading it, only for another S&W .44 mag, pre '97. It's the tapered barrel, just not my style. I'm the second owner of this one and between me and 1st owner it still has less than 1 box of ammo through it. PM me if interested.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6194/6053281571_7d1d5e9594_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8426/7637672746_6c7cd69918_c.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6125/6036359320_02a4d46850_z.jpg


A friend gave me these Hogue grips, I still have 'em but it turns out I like the original Pachmayers better.
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6088/6063402333_82a64191aa_z.jpg

Dframe
August 2, 2013, 12:07 PM
WOW! I LOVE that picture of the gun firing in the darkened range! Probably the most awesome picture I've ever seen of a gun firing.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
August 6, 2013, 03:19 AM
Well thankyuh very much Dframe :)


Let's see and hear about more 29s and 629s!

Boxhead
August 6, 2013, 08:47 AM
My P&R'd 629's, 4" and 6".

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/Guns2011034.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/Guns2011034.jpg.html)

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/6M629002.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/6M629002.jpg.html)


Possibly my favorite, a 5" 29-2.

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/GreenRifle034.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/GreenRifle034.jpg.html)

My 5" 29-2 "Classic".

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/Guns2011028.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/Guns2011028.jpg.html)

Most recent is this 29-2. No need for another but I am a sucker for nickel and my riflesmith offered it "cheap". Haven't shot it yet.

http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa437/boxhead61/M29_7x57Closeups003.jpg (http://s1197.photobucket.com/user/boxhead61/media/M29_7x57Closeups003.jpg.html)

ATCDoktor
August 6, 2013, 01:26 PM
Heavily used Model 29-3 I purchased new in 1983 (presentation box is long gone):

30 Years old this year, it has the original finish but it went back to Smith & Wesson in 2003 for repair of a "push Off" condition (hammer and trigger replaced).
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0018.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0018.jpg.html)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0019.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0019.jpg.html)

Here's one that'll break your heart, a 29-3 I purchased brand new at the Bremerhaven Rod & Gun Club in Northern Germany back in 1984 (note the German Proof Marks). What'll break your heart is that it came from the Factory Blued and I had it refinished in ROBARS NP3 in 2003 (blood had gotten on the finish during a hunting trip and destroyed to finish in one small spot the size and shape of my left thumbprint).

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0015.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0015.jpg.html)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0016.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0016.jpg.html)

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0017.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0017.jpg.html)

It remains unfired since the refinish 10 years ago.

Harbinger
August 6, 2013, 05:37 PM
That is truly sad, ATCDoktor. A beautiful gun like that and you haven't taken it out to play in 10 years. :(

dickydalton
August 6, 2013, 08:44 PM
Did it back the cylinder up at the shot in that picture? look at the hammer position. When my 29-629s started doing that I had to get a new hammer/trigger set.

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
September 3, 2013, 05:43 AM
Dickydalton, I missed your last post here until now for some reason.
That gun does not cock its own hammer.
What you're seeing in that gunshot picture (post #78 in this thread) is a funny trick of lighting that my camera (and many others) will do. It's a matter of how fast light travels, and how long the shutter was open, since the hammer was cocked for most of the shutter being open, the photo shoes it still back, where as the light from the muzzle flash is so bright that it shows up even though it was there for a millisecond. in most of my muzzle-flash pics, the hammers either look cocked or are a barely visible blur.


Also, to anyone here, I figure this is a good place to ask:
The model 629-2 mountain revolver seen in my post here has shot less than one box of ammo in its entire life, since it was born in I believe 1989. I'm interested in putting it up for sale to purchase a 29 that's more my style. Can anyone tell me what it's roughly worth? It's in great shape.

David E
September 3, 2013, 12:27 PM
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c307/ATCDoctor/101_0017.jpg (http://s30.photobucket.com/user/ATCDoctor/media/101_0017.jpg.html)

It remains unfired since the refinish 10 years ago.

I wonder if it still works. Sometimes, a refinish job like that can cause functional problems.

Lucky Derby
September 4, 2013, 07:26 AM
I have a 6.5" M29-2, THE Dirty Harry gun. I have carried it in a shoulder rig similar to Harry's. Not something I would do regularly. Mostly just so I can say that I have done it and to see if it could be done. Yes it can, but you really have to want to.

DM~
September 5, 2013, 06:32 PM
I have a 6.5" M29-2, THE Dirty Harry gun. I have carried it in a shoulder rig similar to Harry's. Not something I would do regularly. Mostly just so I can say that I have done it and to see if it could be done. Yes it can, but you really have to want to.

It's the ONLY way i carry my 29-2, (Safariland shoulder holster since the 70's) and it's the way i STILL carry it today.

I can't even "guess" how many miles it's been on my side, hunting with it, all over in the bush!

DM

dickydalton
September 5, 2013, 08:07 PM
I didn't say it cocked it's own hammer. S&W 29/629s will unlock and turn the cylinder backwards with a too hot load or if they are worn from much shooting. I've had to replace the hammer/trigger in two of them that I've shot extensively. Ask a gunsmith that is not BS.
I saw another one of those on GB starting at $949 with no bids for a couple weeks.
I have one also that I bought in '90 I believe, my favorite.
Anything else you would take in trade?

Barry the Bear
September 6, 2013, 03:39 AM
Heck, Im looking to trade mine for a mountain gun 629 or 625, Mines a nickel 29-3, If anyone from TX is interested pm me.

rondog
September 6, 2013, 04:59 AM
There's just something appealing about the 29.....

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/gun%20funnies/DirtyHarry.jpg

rhartwell
September 6, 2013, 10:29 AM
I got my model 29 back in the mid 1980's. I dont know for sure when. If my wife would let me open carry instead of CCW it would be me gun of choice. With hand loading it is not terribly high priced to shoot. It will be the last gun I get rid of. I shoot 44 specials and carry light 44 mag unless out on the trail. I got the 6.5 barrel and am to little to hide it

Sam1911
September 6, 2013, 11:00 AM
Aww, they're really easy to carry with the right gear:

I sometimes IWB carry a 4" 629 in a Hoffner's rig and it works great for me. A longer barrel wouldn't make much difference as it would be inside your pants. An 8" might hit the chair when you sit down, I guess.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc184/sam1911/2007_09050014.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc184/sam1911/2007_09050015.jpg

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc184/sam1911/CR001.jpg

In the last pic, you can tell it's there if you're looking for it, but that's not bad for concealing a .44 Mag and 3 speed loaders.

Deaf Smith
September 6, 2013, 09:02 PM
Sadly Clint Eastwood used a 57, in .41 magnum for Dirty Harry.

See they could not find a real 29 so they had to settle for a 57!

So in reality most of those early photos of Clint the muzzle was a .41!

Deaf

USSR
September 6, 2013, 10:13 PM
Sadly Clint Eastwood used a 57, in .41 magnum for Dirty Harry.

See they could not find a real 29 so they had to settle for a 57!

Sorry, but that was debunked a long time ago.

Don

DM~
September 6, 2013, 10:27 PM
Sorry, but that was debunked a long time ago.
Don

Yes it was debunked... The ACTUAL gun(s) used, is in the NRA museum, and it's a M-29... NRA mag told the story and showed all the picts, a month or two ago in their mag...

DM

Kosh75287
September 6, 2013, 10:33 PM
"There - (place) Their - (possessive) They're (contraction of "they are")
Then - (a moment in time or sequence) Than (comparative: "Joe has more than Bill.")
Lose - (Failure to win.) Loose - (not tight) Learn the difference. It isn't hard."

I like this. I even agree with it. But perhaps it should read "It isn't difficult." rather than "It isn't hard."

David E
September 7, 2013, 10:46 AM
This should've been done via PM, but...

HARD-
-adjective

1- difficult to do or accomplish; fatiguing; troublesome: a hard task.

2- difficult or troublesome with respect to an action, situation, person, etc.:hard to please; a hard time.

3- difficult to deal with, manage, control,overcome, or understand: a hard problem.

4- involving a great deal of effort,energy, or persistence.

DM~
September 7, 2013, 11:37 AM
Heck, i was kinda hopeing he would give out some "training" to the guys that say "winnie", "remmy" and "shotty" ect....

They sound like those "teens" with their pants half down and their hats on sideways... lol lol

DM

tomrkba
September 8, 2013, 12:55 AM
Sam,

How did you get that Hoffner's holster to work for you? Mine would not let go of the gun approximately 33% of the time.

A 5" barrel is all I can manage before the muzzle prints through my pants. Another problem is cushions. The barrel presses on the cushion which causes the gun to jam into my side or kidney.

tomrkba
September 8, 2013, 01:00 AM
http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/File:DH1S%26W25-8.jpg

"44 Magnum" can be barely made out on the revolver in Harry Calahan's hand.

Sam1911
September 8, 2013, 09:00 AM
Tom, I didn't do anything special. It just works. Been awesome right from the start. If yours actually WOULDN'T let go of the gun, (rather than just being tight which you can adjust) I'd look for some nub of kydex catching on the trigger guard (or elsewhere) and cut that away. Or send it back, of course.

Meeteetse
September 8, 2013, 04:47 PM
Over the years I have had a Mdl. 29 in 4", 6", 6 1/2" in blue, a 4" in bright chrome, and a 629 Mtn Gun. The only ones remaining are the 4" blue gun and the Mtn Gun. Both guns have been used but not abused. I don't shoot full power loads most of the time but rather good 44 specials. A lot more fun. Have I carried it, yes I have. Carried the 6 1/2" in a Dirty Harry shoulder when hunting for a few years and often carry the two 4" guns. The Mtn Gun is the easiest to carry. Lately I have been carrying a 4"- 625 Mtn Gun in 45 Colt.

For me the Mdl. 29 is classic S&W. In blue and walnut there is no handgun more beautiful. The next closest is a Mdl. 36 J frame in blue and walnut. Two opposites but both classics.

sgtstryker
September 8, 2013, 11:06 PM
I bought mine in 1985. A 29-3, 6" model, cost $350 plus 3% sales tax..the good ole days. The gun shoots great, I have hunted with it and use to shoot armadillos some with .44 specials. I'm sure it's one I'll always have..

budroe
September 8, 2013, 11:41 PM
Bought a 4" 629 at the Lakenheath AFB in 1994. Had it fine tuned by an excellent British smith. Best field gun I've ever owned; Looking for a 6" model to go with it!!!

Gladius
September 9, 2013, 04:57 PM
What's better than a model 29-2? Two 29-2's....

Armybrat
September 9, 2013, 05:14 PM
Bought my 29-2 used in the mid-1980s - Paid $275. No box or papers, but I recently bought a new wood case from S&W just what fer.

The last person to shoot it was an English visitor in 2008 who quit after the first 6 rounds. :D

http://i522.photobucket.com/albums/w349/ScoPro/Armybrat%20Album1/guns025.jpg

jimmyraythomason
September 9, 2013, 06:05 PM
THAT BY WHICH all else is judged. I did a side-by-side comparison between a S&W 29-2 p&r with 4" barrel with Pachmayr grips and a Taurus M-44 6" ported barrel with a similar grip. Triggers were identical(close your eyes and you could not tell which was which). Double action was a little smoother with the Smith but single action was a wash. The Smith had a much harsher recoil but was a bit more accurate from a rest. All-in-all,other than reputation(and resale value),one was about as good as the other.

whughett
September 9, 2013, 06:17 PM
I have two. One I shoot on a regular basis, this one has a target style trigger and hammer. T he other is a NAHC commeritive that has never been fired.

I like revolvers in general and S&W N frame revolvers specificly. Also have a 27
and a 25. Both also get fired a on a regular basis.
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