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Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Pre-Model 29, Four Screw
Serial Number: S170137
Year of Manufacture: 1957-1958
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Double and Single Action Six Shot Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The butt of the grip frame, rear face of the cylinder, and yoke cut are marked with the serial number. The left side of the frame is marked with the S&W monogram logo and the right of the frame is marked with the four-line marcas registradas. The right of the barrel is marked “44 MAGNUM”. The yoke and yoke cut have assembly numbers. The sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The interior of the left grip panel is marked “AF LUCIANO / OCT 12 1958 / HOLLYWOOD / CALIFORNIA”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with a red insert, it is set on a serrated ramped base integral to the serrated rib. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click white outline square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered “Coke Bottle” wood target stocks with a football cut and S&W medallions. There are some scattered patches of finish loss, most noticeable along the fronts. There are a few little nicks and dings. There are a few scattered handling marks. There are a few scattered compressions. The checkering is mostly sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The grip rates in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 95% of its metal finish. There is some thinning and discoloration from previous oxidation on the front sight and front sight base. There are some scattered little marks and little spots of thinning, some of the most noticeable are on the sideplate by the screws. There is some light finish wear on the edges. The orange front sight insert is loose. The cylinder has a light turn line. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The single-action trigger is crisp and the double-action smooth. The cylinder lockup has very little side-to-side play and no front-to-rear play on all six chambers. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
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 “The .44 Magnum” built on a 4-screw square butt N-Frame paired with a 6 1/2″ barrel. This revolver has a nice blued finish, with a wide serrated case-colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. The Smith & Wesson model number scheme was introduced in 1957, the Model 29 was not marked as such until 1958 (S&W Standard Catalog 4th Ed. pg 191). The later 4-screw Pre-Model 29s usually did not have a serial number marking on the ejector rod shroud or on the rear cylinder face, interestingly this one has the marking on the rear cylinder face instead of the ejector. No collection is complete without a Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum so you might as well make it this one. Please see our pictures and good luck!