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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Best model of S&W model 29?

I'm looking to buy a S&W model 29. Which model years of the model 29 were considered the best/most well made? Are the pinned/recessed cylinder models the best? If so, why. Any recommendations on this topic are welcome.

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Re: Best model of S&W model 29?

I like the S&W 629 Classic with the 5" barrel.

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Re: Best model of S&W model 29?

I have two 629s (a 4" and a 6"), and two 4" 29s, one nickel and one blue. They are all pre-lock, one of the 29s (blue) is pinned and recessed. I have noticed no quality difference among them. They are all good shooters, accurate, no problems with timing. All except one have been fired extensively with magnum ammo. I traded for the 4" nickel last summer, so it's the newest and has the fewest rounds fired (by me). I like the 4" version the best, for hunting and for carry.

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Re: Best model of S&W model 29?

I don't have any experience with the newer models, mine is the original "Dirty Harry", 6 1/2" blued from 76 or 77? Very accurate,shot long range handgun steel with it and finished 3rd in the league 2 years in arow shooting against longer barreled TC Contenders in rifle calibers.
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I owned the 629 classic with the 8 3/8 barrel.Wish i still had it!
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I am partial to these!



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Re: Best model of S&W model 29?

I thought Harry carried an 8 3/8 inch. I've been trying to find one for a while. They've really gone up in value.
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Re: Best model of S&W model 29?

Mine are all older models (3", 4", and 6"), 1983 being the newest, and are made very well. I have done a LOT of action jobs on S&Ws of all vintages, and from a gunsmithing standpoint, the newer MIM-parts models slick up nicer than even my beautiful, hand-fitted older models worked over by the S&W custom shop in the '70s. I can accept the MIM parts, but despise the lock on the side and only own one S&W with it, myself. If you find a good price on an N-frame, chances are it is well made regardless of model/vintage. Good luck.
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