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Lew Horton S&W 29-3 with 3" Bbl

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bigflax925, May 17, 2007.

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  1. bigflax925

    bigflax925 Member

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    Just picked this up, but don't know much about it, other than it was a special run for Lew Horton.

    Condition is about 85% or so, and came with original box, grips, and cleaning kit. I had thought about having John Norrell do a moly-coat finish on it, but intend to carry it regardless of the finish.

    Any insight? What's it worth? Is the porting original?

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    Thanks!
     
  2. Stoney

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    I'm not sure about the porting, but I'm a big fan of the 3" 44 mags. I keep an eye out for them on Gunbroker. Price wise I'v noted the unfluted Lew Horton's going between $ 650.00 to $800.00. You have a fine revolver, enjoy it.
     
  3. johnny blaze

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    That is a nice one.
    How can you tell if the revolver is a Lew Horton model?
     
  4. Stoney

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    If it's a round butt and has a 3" barrel it's a Lew Horton. I don't believe Smith & Wesson made 3" barrel 29's other than Lew Hortons. Though I could be wrong.:confused:
     
  5. WmCC

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    Nice gun!

    I have a L.H. 3" 629 (not ported) which I purchased (new) five years ago for around $650 or so, ( retailed for $850). You can call Lew Horton re. the origin of the porting job. I don't know, myself.

    Extremely accurate guns although you may need a shorter front sight to bring POI up at 25 to 50 yards as I did...no big deal. It equals or beats the accuracy of both my 4 5/8" SBH and my 5 1/2"629 out to 50 yds. Impressive.

    Three years ago I purposely fired one round w/o ear protection to sample its effect in a self defense role. Trust me...you don't want to shoot full house loads through it w/o "ears" unless a great bear or cape buffalo is knawing on your leg.

    Congratulations on a very nice handgun.
     
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  6. DMZ

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    I have a LH M29-3 3" , fluted cylinder, goncolo alves Ahrends wood grips. I think it was mfg'ed in the early 80's.

    It has a great trigger and the grips are very well designed. It is very accurate and a pleasure to shoot.

    I shoot mostly .44 Spl's in it (want it to last to be handed down to my son), though it is not at all uncomfortable to shoot full house .44 mags.

    I mostly carry it when backpacking in bear country.

    It is by far one of my favorites and I was lucky to find it near new condition at a great price. The previous owner did not care for the big recoil and muzzle blast. (I think he bought it to show off, but only fired it a few times)
     
  7. rbmcmjr

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    You're wrong.

    Okay, that sounded harsh. But you are wrong. The model 29s made for Lew Horton weren't full lugged and they were fluted, just like the one DMZ describes. The one I had (gave it to my little brother) had an "ALB" prefix in the serial number. What you have there is a classic example of the S&W "Gun of the Week" phenomenon from the early 90s.

    I'll bet that the serial number is BDZ4xxx or something close to that. That's what these have:

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    By the way, that looks like the porting you see on my chromed one in that picture. Is there a small symbol like this on the right cover plate?

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    If so, the work was done by Jack Weigand.
     
  8. Stoney

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    rbmcmjr
    Any idea on what year those were made and how many made in that series?
     
  9. rbmcmjr

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    I don't know about the number. I'd guess somewhere between 500 and 5000 but I have no way to back up that guess.

    I bought mine in May of 1993 from Ron Hess there on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk, VA. The purchase price, new, was $425 each.

    Rick
     
  10. bigflax925

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    Thanks for the insight, guys!

    I have been out of town, so I still haven't picked it up yet from my dealer.

    I will post more pics of it soon. I hope to be firing it this weekend!
     
  11. Standing Wolf

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    I carry a three-inch pre-agreement model 629 two or three days a week. It's a trifle on the heavy side to carry all day long, but I figure as expensive as ammunition has become, it's probably a good idea to stop a crime with just one shot.
     
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    Standing Wolf,

    You will also have an easy time picking the bad guy out of a police line up if you miss him with that one shot. It is always going to be the guy with the singed eyebrows and eye lashes.
     
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