Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: The .44 Magnum, Pre-Model 29
Serial Number: S179125
Year of Manufacture: 1957-1958
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 “R / 0 / 89169”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is marked “M” and “2”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial number, “R”, “3” and “3” in circle, the yoke is marked “89169”, “A” and “M”. Each grip panel has a S&W monogram medallion at the top. The underside of the ejector star is marked “179125”.
Barrel Length: 6 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with a red insert. 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 grip is a two-piece checkered walnut over-sized target grips with ejector relief cut on the left panel and smooth diamonds around the grip screw escutcheons. The left panel has a couple of light marks in the smooth border and along the bottom edge. The right panel has some very light scuffing at the top, a mark on the edge of the checkering at the rear and a couple of light marks along the bottom edge. Both panels have some light compressions in the butt. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks rate in about Fine-plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
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 87% of its metal finish. There is light thinning at all edges with more finish loss at the muzzle on the left and right side and the front-bottom edge of the frame under the crane hinge. The left side of the barrel has wear under and in front of the maker’s mark. The sideplate has a mark on the top-rear to the right of the hammer. The frame has a mark immediately behind the hammer with light wear on the shoulder behind the hammer. The backstrap has thinning finish on the raised portions of the serrations with strong finish in the grooves. There are scattered light marks at the rear of the frame and sideplate, mostly covered by the grips. The cylinder has a turn-line, light marks behind each flute as from resting on its side. There are light handling marks throughout. The 0.500″ target hammer and trigger retain the great majority of their beautiful case color with light operational wear and some light freckling on the right face of the hammer. The hammer and trigger have sharp checkering and serrations respectively. The serrations on the backstrap are sharp. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger is very 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: This pistol comes in a pebble grain leatherette presentation case with an S&W monogram logo and “44 MAGNUM” on the top. The case has a latch which is not button nor clasp. The interior is lined with blue satin and has an aluminum knurled screwdriver, cleaning rod with a brass brush and bore mop. The exterior of the case has a few light scattered marks on the face with light wear on edges and slightly more wear on corners. The interior has wear from the rear sight and scattered oil staining. Overall, the case is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s Pre-Model 29, built on the four-screw N-Frame with a square butt. This revolver has a beautiful blue finish, with wide serrated case colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. It was made in 1957-1958, right before Smith & Wesson began marking this revolvers with the “29” model designation. To find one of these revolvers with its original presentation case and in this condition is pretty rare, and this would make a fine addition to any revolver collection and is a must-have for any serious Smith & Wesson collector. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.