SOLD FOR: $2146.18
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Lew Horton 629-1, .44 Magnum Stainless, Product Code 103610
Serial Number: BBE4231
Year of Manufacture: 1985
Caliber: .44 Magnum & Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The yoke cut is marked “BBE4231 / 629-1”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “BBE4231”. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The sideplate of the frame is marked with the S&W monogram logo. The right side of the frame is marked with the four-line marcas registradas. The right side of the barrel is marked “44 MAGNUM”, the left side is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The rear of the cylinder is marked “V”. The ejector cutout of the underlug is marked “S”.
Barrel Length: 3″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert, set on a ramped base that is integral to the rib. The rear sight is a square notched white outlined leaf in a click base that is adjustable for windage and elevation screwed to the top strap. The rib and rear sight base are serrated for glare reduction.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth Goncalo Alves combat stocks with finger grooves, speedloader cut, and S&W medallions on a round butt grip frame. The right panel has a chip loss repair below the backstrap. There are a few little dings through the finish, the most noticeable is on the back of the right panel. There are a few scattered compressions. There are some draglines and light handling marks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as repaired.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are some little draglines from storage. There are light handling marks. The cylinder has a turn line. The screw heads are mostly sharp, the rear sideplate screw and grip screw are lightly tool marked. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. When shaking the gun you can hear a little part rattling, our research indicates this is not uncommon with this model but we are unable to determine the cause. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder lockup has hardly any play on all chambers. 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: Included is a serial matching box and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The 629 has been made in a variety of configurations since 1979 filling just about any role that could be asked of a .44 Magnum revolver. The revolver is a 629-1 with a 3” barrel, Goncalo Alves combat grips, a round butt grip frame, and a stainless finish. In 1985 about 5000 were made in this configuration and 1200 went to Lew Horton in 1986. These have stunning material quality and are among some of the most coveted modern S&W revolvers on the market…if you can find one. The gun is in Excellent condition with light handling marks, a great bore, and strong mechanics. If you’re a Smith collector or just want a powerful revolver, this is a great gun to pick up. Please see our photos and good luck!