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Long sought wheelie - 4" nickel 29

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Oro, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    I'd spent a few years hunting down a fairly priced 4" Nickel 29 in high condition. Years I say. It took me almost 15 years of S&W shooting to really embrace the N-frame, I'd always liked the K and L, even embraced a pair of J's in there.

    Several years ago I traded into a nice original 2nd Model Hand Ejector in .45 Colt. Learned to love it. Followed rapidly were a 4" 28, a 3.5" 27, and a Lew Horton 3" 629. A few other odd ones. Bear country was a few weekends a year, and that was a great excuse for something in addition to the 629 - it was just too nice to carry, ya' know? ;) The 4" 29 struck me as so beautiful and utilitarian, I had to have one. And in nickel; I didn't have a nickel N frame and seriously needed one. Finally this spring I ran across one locally in a shop I hit once in a while, very fairly priced. In better condition and cheaper than most any online and with no transfer and shipping hassles. Yeah!

    In fact, I'd so anticpated this gun, I bought the 4" El Paso Tom Threeperson leather for it two years ago or more. Yep, sometimes I buy the leather for a new gun LONG before I even get the gun... (color me committed, I guess). ;)

    I do admit to loving the hammer; I'm a fan of the old wide spur 1911 type hammer on my 1911's. Even retro-fitted one of my Series '70s with it, and some others. But I do love the smooth combat trigger, or if serrated something of narrow or moderate width. The wide target trigger on these makes them much less than, well, target-friendly. But I still loves this gun. A pair of smooth target grips will make it more magnum-friendly, but I love the look of the originals on it; I'd only swap them for a period correct pair of smooth targets.


  2. Remllez

    Remllez Well-Known Member


    You've got yourself a nice revolver there and that holster.....forget about it!!! Thanks for the pictures, you've reminded me why class is in classic!
  3. BCCL

    BCCL Well-Known Member

    Very nice sixgun!
  4. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    Swap out the trigger

    Keep the old trigger for the future and find a replacement narrow trigger. You will be happy and it won't cost much.
  5. silverking

    silverking Well-Known Member

    WOW!! The search is on. Beautiful combination!

    BADUNAME37 Well-Known Member

    I agree, that is a very nice piece! The barrel length is just right. You could go defense with it and even go deer and black bear hunting with it!

    All around, a perfect gun!

    I'm glad for you!:)
  7. proven

    proven Well-Known Member

    very nice find! and i like that you bought the leather long ago. :D sounds like something i might do. ;)
  8. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    yes, I've considered that. I've done some amatuer smithin' on S&Ws - hammers and triggers are more "mated" than with, say, a 1911 style gun. If I run across a smooth combat trigger affordably I might try dropping it in; the problem is fitting them wears through the case hardening. Once you do that, the soft steel underneath wears rapidly. Iv'e seen (and owned a few) of S&Ws where the case hardened parts were gunsmith fitted and then wore rapidly to the point of being unsafe.

    otoh, I had learned to appreciate the value of the wide serrations. It is not pleasant for rapid work, but it is nice for accuracy and makes your trigger stroke less critical; the wide face distributes pressure more linearly.

    Proven, I highly recommend scooping up nice leather at a good price. It gives you an incentive to find a classic gun for it; just don't be in a hurry. PS - I used to live in VT; a wonderful place. Washington is one of the few states I could trade it for!
  9. Frank V

    Frank V Well-Known Member

    Nice gun, congratulations. The Smith N frames are great. Now if you want another gun to use when in Bear country & keep that nice nickle new looking, a S&W 329PD. Not nearly as pretty, but very easy to pack & not yet a classic.LOL
  10. Iggy

    Iggy Well-Known Member

    That is one fine looking combination.

    I switched out a regular trigger and hammer in my Model 58 that I carried as a LEO back in 1966 and never looked back. I prefer the target versions in my N frames..
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Sweet looking Model 29 you've got there, along with that great El Paso Saddlery holster. Definitely a top notch combo for carrying.

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