Sold For: $1,175
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Pre-Model 29
Serial Number: S170838
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “44 MAGNUM”. The side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The yoke cut is marked with the serial number. The butt is marked with the serial number. The yoke and the sides of the grip frame have inspector marks.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”, Pinned. The barrel appears to be mounted rotated just slightly to the left, easiest seen in how the serrations of the barrel and topstrap line up.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched and white outlined leaf in a base that is micrometer click adjustable for windage and elevation. Due to the barrel mount, the front sight is tilted just slightly to the left. It can easily be overlooked, but if you’re looking for it, you can tell.
Stock Configuration & Condition: None.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: The finish appears Original to the parts, we believe the barrel and cylinder have been replaced.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor marks, most notable at the rear of the sideplate which should be covered once grips are installed. The cylinder has a thin turn-line. The hammer and trigger have minor operational wear in otherwise strong case-color. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with barely perceptible play on each chamber when the trigger is depressed. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s .44 Magnum, the pre-Model 29. Built on the 4-screw N-Frame with a square butt, this revolver appears to have had its barrel and cylinder replaced with no serial markings on the cylinder and the barrel just slightly canted to the left. Its adjustable rear sight should be able to compensate for this and the revolver should still be great for recreational target shooting if you like .44 Magnums, and can also use mild .44 Special loads for longer range sessions. The revolver appears to have seen gentle use, retaining strong mechanics and a great bore, though you will need to add the grips of your choice. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California and CAN be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.