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Old 04-15-2013, 16:58   #1
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One more Smith & Wesson N Frame - my nicest one yet! :):)

I picked this baby up over the weekend. Its a beautiful Smith & Wesson 29-2 with the factory wooden case and everything included. When I say everything, I mean down to the sticker telling you to pull the tab for paperwork

The 29 was Smith & Wesson's venture into the 44 Remington Magnum arena. It was introduced in 1955 to coincide with the introduction of the cartridge. However, it wasn't actually called the 29 until a couple years later in 1957. The models before that were simply known as the Smith & Wesson 44magnum revolver. Of course, those are now referred to as the Pre-29. The 29 was offered in many barrel lengths over the years, to include 3", 4", 5", 6", 6 1/2", 8 3/8", and even 10 5/8" at one point. Most were blued, while others were bright nickel. In 1960, the 29-1 was introduced, followed by the 29-2 in 1961. Up until 1971, the 29 was basically purchased by hunters and enthusiasts. After "Dirty Harry" released in 1971, everyone wanted a 29. The movie really put the revolver "on the map", so to speak.

This is an absolute pristine example of a 8 3/8" 29-2. As many know, the -2 is one of the more sought after models, as it still has the pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. This example also has the target hammer, trigger, and grips, which I love. This is a beautiful 29. The condition of the gun itself and bluing are about perfect, but what really sold me on it was the grips. They really show some outstanding wood grain, whereas my 4" 29-2 grips show next to none. I looked up the production date using the book the shop had and it was produced in 1975.

This model is a little longer than what Dirty Harry used, but its the model Travis used in "Taxi Driver", which is another one of my favorite movies from the 70's...


Who here loves the M29? Who here has one? I know many do.

This will be my last 44mag. I also picked up that Ruger Super Blackhawk last week, bringing my total to 8 revolvers in this chambering.

As you can see, this is about perfect and its certainly my nicest N Frame. Please enjoy the pics and share your thoughts.

Thanks!


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Old 04-15-2013, 16:58   #2
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Old 04-15-2013, 17:13   #3
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Congratulations on owning a piece of S&W history

My related story;
Preparing to buy my first handgun I did research.
Made a short list of five handguns.
Rented all five for a live fire test.

Sig P220 45
HK P7M8
Beretta 92F
Colt 1911
Ruger Super Redhawk 44 mag

I shot the Colt the best.
But just couldn't warm up to SA carry.
The Sig and Ruger were a close second.
But carrying a Super Redhawk?!?
For some reason, back in the day, the HK and Beretta didn't agree with me.

So I went on a mission for a P220 45.
As fate would have it -
there was a week long series of Dirty Harry movies on TV.

And I came home with a S&W 629-2 Mountain Gun.
Still have that Hand Cannon.

Everyone should have at least one big 44 mag revolver.
Yours looks truly pristine and a wonderful addition to anyone's collection.

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Old 04-15-2013, 17:59   #4
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I picked this baby up over the weekend. Its a beautiful Smith & Wesson 29-2 with the factory wooden case and everything included. When I say everything, I mean down to the sticker telling you to pull the tab for paperwork

The 29 was Smith & Wesson's venture into the 44 Remington Magnum arena. It was introduced in 1955 to coincide with the introduction of the cartridge. However, it wasn't actually called the 29 until a couple years later in 1957. The models before that were simply known as the Smith & Wesson 44magnum revolver. Of course, those are now referred to as the Pre-29. The 29 was offered in many barrel lengths over the years, to include 3", 4", 5", 6", 6 1/2", 8 3/8", and even 10 5/8" at one point. Most were blued, while others were bright nickel. In 1960, the 29-1 was introduced, followed by the 29-2 in 1961. Up until 1971, the 29 was basically purchased by hunters and enthusiasts. After "Dirty Harry" released in 1971, everyone wanted a 29. The movie really put the revolver "on the map", so to speak.

This is an absolute pristine example of a 8 3/8" 29-2. As many know, the -2 is one of the more sought after models, as it still has the pinned barrel and recessed cylinder. This example also has the target hammer, trigger, and grips, which I love. This is a beautiful 29. The condition of the gun itself and bluing are about perfect, but what really sold me on it was the grips. They really show some outstanding wood grain, whereas my 4" 29-2 grips show next to none. This model is a little longer than what Dirty Harry used, but its the model Travis used in "Taxi Driver", which is another one of my favorite movies from the 70's. I looked up the production date using the book the shop had and it was produced in 1975.

Who here loves the M29? Who here has one? I know many do.

This will be my last 44mag. I also picked up that Ruger Super Blackhawk last week, bringing my total to 8 revolvers in this chambering.

As you can see, this is about perfect and its certainly my nicest N Frame. Please enjoy the pics and share your thoughts.

Thanks!


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Old 04-15-2013, 18:05   #5
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Everyone should have at least one big 44 mag revolver.
At least.

Congrats on a fine specimen.
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Old 04-15-2013, 18:16   #6
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Bac, that's a huge barrel, you might need someone to support that barrel while you shoot it! Another nice find for you. Congrats!
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Old 04-15-2013, 18:24   #7
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So bac, you gonna cut your hair into a mohawk and pose in the mirror saying "You talking to me? You talking to ME?"

(where's a young Cybil Shepherd when you need her?)

Yet another NICE score sir
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Old 04-15-2013, 18:24   #8
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Just the title told me it was BAC. Just a rare example of how guns were made in the old days in REAL wood presentation cases. Unfortunately nevermore, but nonetheless thank you for posting a wonderful example of one of the finest magnum wheelguns ever made. Exceptional and not surprising you are the owner.
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I own this exact gun. (Used to own 3 of them!) Of all the handguns I've used during my long life THIS is the one that I like to shoot the best! The feel and balance in the hand are absolutely superb. Get used to it and the slight arc of the bullet, and 100 to 150 yard targets become easy. The, 'lock time' on one of these Smiths is significantly faster than any Ruger Blackhawk I've ever fired too; (and I like Rugers).

If you'll let me I'd like to, 'steal' your pictures. They're so much better than anything I might try to take. Unless someone reads the serial numbers nobody's ever going to know which one of us owns what, anyway!

Very nice coup!
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That's awesome Bac!! Congrats on another great find!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 19:00   #11
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WOW! That thing looks like it just rolled out of S&W. Congrats Brian. You've scored some great revos lately.
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Old 04-15-2013, 19:03   #12
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Don't have that one, but my first piece, bought from a Baptist minister FFL in KY, is its cousin, a Mod. 28 N frame 4" barrel...a brute of a gun that if not indestructable, would hate fo be around in the circumstances when it DOES fail.

Smith made some good stuff....
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I own this exact gun. (Used to own 3 of them!) Of all the handguns I've used during my long life THIS is the one that I like to shoot the best! The feel and balance in the hand are absolutely superb. Get used to it and the slight arc of the bullet, and 100 to 150 yard targets become easy. The, 'lock time' on one of these Smiths is significantly faster than any Ruger Blackhawk I've ever fired too; (and I like Rugers).

If you'll let me I'd like to, 'steal' your pictures. They're so much better than anything I might try to take. Unless someone reads the serial numbers nobody's ever going to know which one of us owns what, anyway!

Very nice coup!
Thanks for the kind words. Yes, you can use the pics

It would be hard to fool someone on GT, but it would work on another forum.
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Old 04-15-2013, 19:16   #14
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congrats, Bac.

I just bought a nickel plated M27-2 with that ridiculously long barrel too. Not pristine though.
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congrats, Bac.

I just bought a nickel plated M27-2 with that ridiculously long barrel too. Not pristine though.
Very cool, fnfalman

Yeah, the nickel seem to be hard to find in pristine condition.
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Smith made some good stuff....
They sure did...

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Very nice

I just got a 629 from the Performance Center
Great gun but the grips aren't right: bit of an overlap ( yeah, I know -post pics)
Go figure
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Old 04-15-2013, 19:52   #18
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So bac, you gonna cut your hair into a mohawk and pose in the mirror saying "You talking to me? You talking to ME?"

(where's a young Cybil Shepherd when you need her?)


That was a great scene. It was an awesome movie indeed.

I've probably seen it 20 times or so.
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WOW! That thing looks like it just rolled out of S&W. Congrats Brian. You've scored some great revos lately.
Thanks Joe

I've been on a revolver kick as of late.
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Very nice congratulations. My first 44 was a 629 that came in that style box.
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