SOLD FOR: $1926
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 629-1, .44 Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: BBA0979
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Caliber: .44 Magnum & Special
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The yoke cut is marked “BBA0979 / M. 629-1”. The butt of the grip frame is marked “BBA0979”. 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”. The inside of the right grip panel is marked “JUN 9 1988” and both panels have “187” hand-written.
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. There are no major defects, just light handling wear. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
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 and a few faint scuffs from use and storage. There are light handling marks. The cylinder has a turn line. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double-action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder lockup has minor side-to-side 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: None.
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. This is just like the Lew Horton 629-1 that was made in 1895 but is from a few years later in 1988. Even though it is exactly the same as the Lew Horton gun, it is not considered one but is actually rarer than the Lew Horton due to fewer going to other distributors. 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!