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... [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duW5WhxKjQY"]Taxi Driver Easy Andy scene - YouTube[/ame] 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!