Here in NM we have to requalify every two years for our CCW permit. You also have to quaify with the largest semi and revolver you want to carry. So I qualify with a .44 mag revolver. Last year, two of my shots went out of the hit zone with a borrowed Taurus. The double action trigger was the culprit. I shot the rest of the time single action and no problems putting all the rounds in a nice tight group. September 2011, I have to do it all over again, so now I want to buy a S&W 29/629. I started to look for a 629 classic and all the ones I have seen here used, pre lock, are in the $900 or higher range. I can buy a new one from Buds around $750 - $775. The question is, has anyone had a problem with the new Hillery hole version .44 mag? If this pistol is rarely shot and will not be used for self defense, will it matter. The only reason I can justify buying the used pre lock, is that it will go up in value as the years go by (great for my kids) and I don't have to worry that the gun will fail during my qualifying. All of you new 29/629 owners let me know how you like the new Smith's.