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Smith and Wesson Model 29

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by The Dutchman, Sep 28, 2005.

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  1. The Dutchman

    The Dutchman Member

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    Does anyone know how hard it is to locate a used model 29? I just love its classic look and blued finish. Also any info you could provide about it would be apprecated. Thanks

    Sean
     
  2. Moonclip

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    I think S&W is or has just made a limited run of Mod 29's but they have the internal lock unfortunately. I have a 29-5 with a 4" barrel, nice gun but it is a handful and unfortunately the cylinder has taken a slight plum color.

    I like later model 29's like from the late 1980's on up as they had engineering changes that supposedely made them more durable, a good thing if shooting much 44mag ammo.

    The blued mod 29 like many blue S&W's of late was discontinued in 1999.

    www.smith-wessonforum.com will have a lot of info over there on mod 29's. I post there as "Bucky".
     
  3. thatguy

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    I think the classic Model 29 is the 29-2 made from 1962-1981. The 29-3 eliminated the recessed chambers and barrel pin and after that they just didn't seem the same.

    Check www.auctionarms.com or www.gunbroker.com or www.gunsamerica.com for on-line shopping. A nice 29-2 will usually bring $450-$600 depending on barrel length, accessories, condition, etc.
     
  4. MICHAEL T

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    Good used ones are out their .This monday I came home with a 6" 29-3 for 400 out door. I Went out side shooting and its a blast Useing 240gr 44 mags and Fireing one handed Its not that bad and Harry never used 2 hands. I know he used a lite load(said so in 2nd movie) Go find one and enjoy But get Blue and Walnut not this new gray and lock crap.
     
  5. absolute0

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    seek ye' an Model 29-2 or earlier

    You can find 'em on the auction sites in nice shape for around $500, maybe a little less if you're patient.

    What a .44 wheelgun was meant to look like & shoot like.......buttah ;)
     
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    You must haven't looked to hard as they are quite easy to find both online and locally in most places.
    P&R models are classics and the most sought after, but the dash 5 (-5) and up models are the most durable.
     
  7. Standing Wolf

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    There's nothing like a shortage of model 29s. There was for a few years after the first Dirty Harry movie hit the screens, but Smith & Wesson caught up with demand.

    An awful lot of model 29s on the market haven't even had a box of ammunition run through them. I think lots of people bought them because they're cool, then discovered they include lots of recoil, and put them in dresser drawers for several decades.
     
  8. Jet22

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    I used to work in a large gun shop and thought the 44 mag was both the best and worst thing that happened to handguns. A young guy would come in to buy his first handgun, buy a 29 44 mag and two boxes of shells, go out to shoot it and find the recoil hurt his hands, the blast hurt his ears, and he couldn't hit anything with it. After that it would find its way to a dresser drawer and never get used again. :( If he would have bought a 22 and 1000 rounds of ammo he may have had a completely different experience.

    There are some deals out there. Two weekends ago at a gun show I bought a 4" model 29 made in 1959, a 4" 57 41 mag and a 4" 18 22Lr for $700 total! All nice old blue pinned & recessed guns. What a country!! :cool:
     
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    I bought a 6" 29-3 about a month ago at a gunshow. Paid $415 our the door. It looks like it has barely been fired, which I understand is quite common for 44 Magnums. Just fired it a week ago and I love it.
     
  10. kframe357

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    :evil: I just got a 6" 29-3 this week for $375 otd. no wear, just a slight turn ring.
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