SOLD FOR: $4026
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29, “The .44 Magnum”
Serial Number: S206911
Year of Manufacture: 1960
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 and model numbers. The under-side of the ejector is matched and marked “206911”. 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
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, it is set on a ramped base integral to the 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 two-piece checkered walnut stocks with S&W medallions at their tops, a football cut, and smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. There are a couple of faint marks from handling, the most noticeable mark is on the bottom face of the right panel. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
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 97% of its metal finish. There is light thinning on the sides of the barrel at the muzzle. There a few light marks on the frame, the most noticeable are a pair of small hairline scratches on the left side but they are covered with target stocks installed. There are some little spots of finish loss on the sideplate from previous oxidation under the grips. The cylinder has some light wear including a turn line through the finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. There is light thinning on the trigger. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Excellent 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: Included is a soft case.
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 built on the N-Frame with a square butt. This revolver has a beautiful blued finish, with a wide serrated case-colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. This early four screw model has hardly any wear and looks to have seen gentle use. It will be perfect to add to your collection, especially if Smith & Wesson revolvers are your area of interest. Please see our pictures and good luck!