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    Default $$$ 44 mod 29-3 S&W 5" barrel

    Whats it worth?

    It rotates counter clockwise, nickle plated, N stamped on the cylinder, serial number starts with a N has 4 numbers a space and 2 more numbers.

    I've done some reading on this and was just wanting some of your thoughts.

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    Most likely a 6" barrel, measure from the front face of the cylinder to the end of the barrel. Pictures would help. A 6" nickel 29 in average condition will usually sell around 600 to 650. Some folks ask for more, but those don't sell. It is worth what you can get someone to pay for it.
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    If i remember correctly S&W made 5" pistols used mostly by police. I know the 5" mod.19 always brought a hundred more on the used market compared to equal wear 4"/6" guns.I would guess a 5" mod.29 would be even more rare. The N just means nickle
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    The "N" is actually the serial number prefix for the series of N frame guns like the .44. Before the "N" there was the "S" series.

    They made some 5" barrels in the 5 early screw guns but I can't find that they made the 29-3 with a 5" barrel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    If i remember correctly S&W made 5" pistols used mostly by police. I know the 5" mod.19 always brought a hundred more on the used market compared to equal wear 4"/6" guns.I would guess a 5" mod.29 would be even more rare. The N just means nickle
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    I say $600.00, because that's what I paid for one. (S&W Mdl 29, Blued with 6" Barrel) Mine was in new condition, with Hogue grips.

    The DA is slicker than owl poo, poo, and the trigger for SA is fantastic.

    Such quality is probably wasted on the likes of me.

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    Here is the gun. If you look on the right hand side it is a 2 screw model. The barrel itself is 5", if you go to the cyn. it is 6". The cyn. rotates counter clockwise.

    Just curious so thanks for the posts.

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    That would make it a 6" as the barrel starts at the cyl. There were some 5" 629s made but I don't know if any were made in 29-3. Somewhere around $600 is probably a fair price.

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    That is a six inch gun. The big S&W's are called n frames....thus the N in the prefix....the first guns had an "S" prefix, up to s/n S333,454 in the year 1969 then the N prefix was started.

    The N series guns had the s/n stamped inside the cylinder frame, visible when the cylinder is swung out. Also the model number was stamped there...your model 29 will have a 29-2 or higher. It is actually a three screw side plate, one more under the grip. The early guns had four screws holding the side plate on. Also the 29 (no dash) and 29-1's had an extra screw in front of the trigger guard. The 29-2 has some improvements such as left hand threads on extractor rod (dash1) and no screw in trigger guard. This was a spring tensioning screw for the cylinder stop it is now fixed captive in the frame under the side plate. I consider the dash2's to be the best to own because they have the improvements and are still a pinned barrel and have recessed cylinders (magnum models).

    There was a group of 500 S&W M29's made in 5" barrels but this was in 1958 so it would have to be an older model, yours is not.
    The M27 was the only standard production, N frame gun made in 5 inch barrels. Not to say that every model new or old couldn't have a 5" barrel but generally they are not encountered.

    I think about $600 is about right for that M29, if ya like nickel.
    Oh yeah. The cylinder of all S&W's rotate CCW. (viewed from the back)
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    Thanks Murphy, however are you sure about the CCW on the new S&W?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_skipper View Post
    Thanks Murphy, however are you sure about the CCW on the new S&W?
    Well......maybe I shouldn't say all. All I own rotate CCW viewed from the rear. I have several of the N frame dash 2's all calibers, all models and a few older 44 frame guns as well as a collection of S&W K frame guns...they rotate CCW.
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    The quality of the early 29s is truly outstanding compared to about anything made since WWII. Ruger fans don't appreciate them but those of us that appreciate fit and finish inside and out certainly hold them in high esteem. I don't shoot mine with very heavy loads but they are a joy to take to the range and just enjoy the experience of firing a very fine firearm.

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty of the North View Post
    I say $600.00, because that's what I paid for one. (S&W Mdl 29, Blued with 6" Barrel) Mine was in new condition, with Hogue grips.

    The DA is slicker than owl poo, poo, and the trigger for SA is fantastic.

    Such quality is probably wasted on the likes of me.

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    Thanks TV:

    I hadn't tried many DAs before, but it still impressed me.

    I don't use heavy loads either, because I hate recoil. For example, I load 300 grain bullets at between 1100 and 1200 fps, and 240s at not much faster.


    I enjoy shooting it with the loads I got from Murphy. I asked for loads using H4227.

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    The the money you just can't beat a good used Mdl 29 like you bought. With the forged frame and other parts all carefully machined and finished nothing else comes close. In a SA the Freedom Arms are nice but the cast frame is just too big for a .44 Mag. IMO. The Colt SAAs are nice and excellent quality like the S&Ws but they don't make a .44 Mag. My old Blackhawk in .44 isn't bad quality but it is not comfortatble to shoot.

    I've shot about every powder they make in a .44 and haven't found one yet I really love. Some are dirty like Herco and most like 4227 and 2400 leave unburnt powder granules in the cases. I've about settled on 19 gr. of Lil'gun behind my 310 gr. bullet out of a Lee mold; it works fine in my 329 PD and the 629. Similar loads in 296/H110 would also work. I've also got to try the cheaper clones by Alliant and see how they work. I did try the Norma stuff and it worked well but the price is absurd when you can find it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty of the North View Post
    Thanks TV:

    I hadn't tried many DAs before, but it still impressed me.

    I don't use heavy loads either, because I hate recoil. For example, I load 300 grain bullets at between 1100 and 1200 fps, and 240s at not much faster.


    I enjoy shooting it with the loads I got from Murphy. I asked for loads using H4227.

    Smitty of the North
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