Sold For: $2,761.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Pre-29 .44 Magnum Hand Ejector
Serial Number: S168915
Year of Manufacture: April of 1957, according to Roy Jinks, Historian at Smith & Wesson.
Caliber: .44 Magnum & .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 right side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “O / P”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is stamped “J / I / 7”. The ejector cut of the barrel, rear of the cylinder, rear flat of the yoke and ejector star are serialized to the frame.
Barrel Length: 4”, Pinned, with shrouded ejector rod and solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert, integral to a ramp base that is pinned to the barrel’s 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 rare ‘Coke Bottle’ profile contoured Goncola Alves stocks with flank checkering and nickel plated S&W logo medallions. The stocks have nice fit to the grip straps, covering the butt and fore portions, exposing the serrated rear strap, the wood meets well in these areas. There are a few scattered scrapes and mild compression marks. The left panel has hairline cracks by the medallion. The grips are in about Good Plus to Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored (Wide) Trigger & (Checkered Wide) Hammer
Finish Originality: Factory 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 80% of its metal finish. The flanks of the barrel have holster rubbing, the underside has a scrape. The other surfaces have slight muting to tone from handling, all edges of the frame have rub wear, seen again on the flutes of the cylinder. The cylinder has some pecks into the metal that are shallow, there is a thin drag line of shallow depth as well. The rear strap has rubbing and brown patina, the case colored hammer and trigger have indexing wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces light side to side play in full lockup in all 6 chambers with no measurable fore to aft play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. The barrel is pinned and the chambers of the cylinder are recessed. 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: This is Smith & Wesson’s Pre-Model 29, produced in the first quarter of 1957, the 2nd year of production. We get ‘Pre’ Smiths come through the shop quite frequently, we rarely get to see an all parts matching pistol from early production with all correct parts. This one has ‘Coke Bottle’ profile grips that are simply beautiful, the overall fit and finish approaches older Colt revolvers of the era. This one is probably going to swoon a collector’s palate, though this design can be appreciated even by the beginner, they are handsome and will take almost any game in North America. Please see our pictures and good luck.