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Got a S&W Model 29-3 today. Doin' a happy dance.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Twiki357, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Well-Known Member

    Bought a S&W Model 29-3 on a FTF transaction today. :) It looked good in the posted pictures, but the pictures didn't do it justice. The gun looks like it is unfired. absolutely no trace of carbon on the front of the cylinder or the forcing cone. Bluing is almost perfect, a couple of small marks on the muzzle and a very fine line on the cylinder that I actually had to look for to see it. Seller said it was a 1992 manufacture and it looks like it's bee a safe queen ever since. The only down side is the ugly after market rubber grips. :eek: It even came with 20 round box of Hornady 225gr FTX. :neener:

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  2. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Well-Known Member

    A 29 Smith is a 29 Smith, no way you can go wrong if you got it for a good price. You can always find grips
  3. NeveraVictimAgain

    NeveraVictimAgain Well-Known Member

    Nice! What caliber is that please? I'm guessing it's a .44 Magnum?

    May I ask what you paid for it? I'm trying to learn about revolvers.

  4. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    Very nice and enjoy your new revolver. They are sweet revolvers.

    @ NeveraVictimAgain, yes, it would be a .44 Magnum and depending on variables I am seeing Model 29s in the $600 to $900 range with some going higher. Any gun on any given day is worth what someone who wants it is willing to pay for it.

  5. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Nice guns - happy for you !

    Remember that those rubber grips may be ugly to you, but a boat load of them have been installed on guns over the years, and for good reason. Get your nice looking wood grips, but you might not want to get read of these until you do some shooting with booth sets to compare.
  6. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    The original wood grips for my Model 29-5 reside in a box. :)

    That is the only revolver I prefer to shoot with the rubber grips that are seen on it.


  7. bobinoregon

    bobinoregon Well-Known Member

    not sure if the picture worked, but nice wood grips will let you know you've shot something after a bunch full power loads.

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  8. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    Another 29-3


    and a 29-2

  9. Twiki357

    Twiki357 Well-Known Member

    NeveraVictimAgain - Yes 44 Mag. The prices in my area on various Model 29-x/629's range from $650 to $1,100+. I paid $675.

    Oh yes, I'll be trying the rubber ducks, just don't like the looks. And just holding it (dry fire), the rubber ducks put my knuckle right up against the back of the trigger guard. Not really where I want my knuckle when a 44 Mag announces it's presence.

    C&L - That two tone 29-2 is a real beauty.
  10. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    Cocked & Locked, liking that 29-2! Nickel or high polished stainless?

  11. Cocked & Locked

    Cocked & Locked Well-Known Member

    S&W factory lettered blued and nickel "two-tone" aka "half plate" or "pinto." Shipped that way from S&W in May, 1975. Bought it years ago and traded it off about 2-3 years ago. Gone but not forgotten. I never could bring myself to shoot so moved it out.

  12. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Cool M29 Cocked & Locked. I have a "two toned" Colt OP in 22 that I consider quite a prize.

    I prefer Goodyear grips to factory grips on the big bores. They aren't pretty, but they work.
  13. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Actually for this type of weapon if your hand is large enough and fingers long enough the Pachmayr or Uncle Mike's boot grips are the best one can get. These are no uglier then boxy factory wooden grips with coarse checkering it probably came with. The only S&W grips I ever liked were those smooth wooden ones with finger grooves someone made for them. You found nice handgun. Good luck with it.
  14. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    I can understand that. All of my guns get shot and having a new in box one of those is not something I would do. A beautiful example of a 29 and I am not generally the two tone type, only a few guns.

    Thanks for the Answer
  15. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    Congrats. That's a nice looking one. I actually CCWed my 29-2 yesterday. Not something I do often, but every once in a while, just for the heck of it.
  16. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Well-Known Member

    I love a good N frame!

    Here is a pair I use often.


    629-2.44 Mountain Gun and .45 ACP 625.


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  17. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Sometimes I worry about me. 29, not 19....

    I traded my 29 for a 27-2. I want a 4" 29 now. Next year perhaps.

    The 29-3 I traded.

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    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012
  18. bikemutt

    bikemutt Well-Known Member

    Pictures, or it didn't happen, lol
  19. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your model 29 and enjoy shooting it.
  20. Swami

    Swami Well-Known Member

    Congrats on the 29-3! My biggest gun regret is getting rid of a 29-1. I hope you love it as much as I did!

    The 29-1 formerly known as "mine":


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