SOLD FOR: $2525
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-2, The .44 Magnum
Serial Number: N129739
Year of Manufacture: 1973
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 logo, 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. Some of the marks on the left side of the grip frame is the boxed “R-Bi” factory refinish stamp, “1073”, and “15794”. The front face of the ejector is marked “129739”. The rear face of the cylinder under the extractor is marked “129739”, “B”, “47” and with a diamond.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2″ Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert pinned to 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 is a small crack on the right panel where the backstrap widens into the frame. There are some scattered little spots of finish loss, the most noticeable is on the football cut. There are a few scattered light handling marks. There are a few light marks on the bottom faces. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Factory Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are a few little spots of finish loss on the frame under the grips. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder that has lightly thinned the finish. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with light 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 custom wood presentation case with a burgundy lining and a brass plaque that reads “SMITH & WESSON / model 29 / 44 MAGNUM”.
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 29-2 built on the N-Frame with a square butt. This revolver has a nice blued finish, with a wide serrated case-colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. This is a 6 1/2″ example fitted with nice target stocks, it has been factory refinished by Smith & Wesson as indicated by the stamp on the grip frame but looks great. The work is so good that we would think its original if not for the stamp. This one has hardly any wear and looks to have seen gentle use. It will be a nice addition to add to your collection, especially if Smith & Wesson revolvers are your area of interest. The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a timeless revolver that will likely never go out of style and makes for a great investment for shooters and collectors alike. Please see our pictures and good luck!