SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-3, The .44 Magnum
Serial Number: N907013
Year of Manufacture: 1980-1982
Caliber: .44 Magnum or .44 Special
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 and the right side of the frame has the four-line Marcas Registradas address. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The butt is marked with the serial number. The yoke and the sides of the grip frame have inspector marks. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “N”. The interior of the right grip panel is marked with what looks like “2 1982”.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8″ Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert on a ramped base integral to the barrel rib. 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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with S&W medallions and a football cut. There are some scattered light marks. There is a bit of finish loss on the football cut. There are a few scattered light marks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
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 scattered swirl marks and draglines. There are some areas of finish that is slightly cloudy, most noticeable on the left of the frame by the grip. There is a light turn line on the cylinder. There are some light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with minimal 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: Included is a S&W leather belt holster, Bianchi shoulder holster, basketweaver leather speed loader holder, and two speed loaders.
Our Assessment: Developed in a collaboration between Smith & Wesson and Remington with the input of big-bore handgun shooters including Elmer Keith. The .44 Magnum revolver and cartridge took the revolver world by storm in the 1950s, later to be known worldwide, even outside the firearms community, as “the most powerful handgun in the world” due to its portrayal in the Dirty Harry movies. This is Smith & Wesson’s famous Model 29-3 built on the N-Frame with a square butt. This revolver has a beautiful nickel finish, with a wide serrated case-colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. This one has minimal wear and looks sharp, it ought to make a fine addition to a Smith & Wesson collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!