SOLD FOR: $1275
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-2, The .44 Magnum
Serial Number: N383374
Year of Manufacture: 1975-1976
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 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”.
Barrel Length: 8 3/8″, 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 red insert is loose. 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 a football cut and S&W medallions. There are a couple faint marks on the bottom faces. There is a little ding on the bottom edge of the left panel towards the front. There are some scattered light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is mostly 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 94% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered scuffs and rubs. There are some cloudy areas under the grip panels. There are some scattered draglines and swirl marks. The edges of the cylinder flutes have a few tiny spots of finish loss that have oxidized. There are a few cloudy freckles scattered over the metal. The front sight insert is loose in the front sight blade. There is a turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are lightly worn with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with very light side-to-side 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: None.
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 nice nickel finish, with a wide serrated case-colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. This one has some scattered wear but has a great bore and good mechanics. It has over 10″ of sight radius so if you’re in the market for a silhouette shooting, hunting, or just informal target shooting revolver this is it. Please see our pictures and good luck!