SOLD FOR: $1676
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-2, The .44 Magnum
Serial Number: N63912
Year of Manufacture: 1969-1972, ATF MODERN
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 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 “3” and under the extractor it is marked “63912” and “12”. The front face of the ejector is marked “N63912”.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8″ Pinned. The barrel is a replacement.
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 little light scrape on the left panel at the top behind the medallion. There are a few little marks through the finish, the most noticeable are scattered along the front of the panels. There are some scattered light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There are some freckles of faint pinprick erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some scattered small light marks through the finish on the barrel and there is some thinning at the muzzle. There are some scattered light marks through the finish on the frame. There are some spots of finish loss on the side plate under the grip panel. There are a few little marks on the cylinder and there is a dragline through the finish. There is some standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine 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 4″ barrel, wood presentation case for a 4″ revolver, and cleaning kit. The barrel has the same markings and sight as the barrel on the frame. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There are a few little spots of pinprick erosion in the bore. There are some scattered small spots of oxidation on the barrel, most noticeable on the right side of the rib and left side. The blue lining has deteriorated in the 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 29-2 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. It has been installed with an 8 3/8″ barrel and also comes with a 4″ barrel. 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. This one has seen the inside of its case most of its life and there is very little wear to speak of. 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!