Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-2 The .44 Magnum, Square Butt, N-Frame
Serial Number: N497710
Year of Manufacture: 1977-1978
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 “48977” and with several uneven stamps which are not legible, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is stamped “X” in circle, “A” in triangle and is also marked “5461”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number, the yoke is marked “48977 / B10″”. Each grip panel has a S&W monogram medallion at the top.
Barrel Length: 4″
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 with scallop on the left panel to allow the ejector star clearance. The checkering has dulled slightly. There is a cluster of light compressions beneath the bottom left border of the checkering, another along the back edge next to the backstrap and a bruise on the bottom edge of the left panel. The right panel also has a cluster of small compressions along the back edge next to the backstrap, another above the top right border of the checkering, a bruise on the bottom edge of the checkering and a pair of compressions along the front edge toward the bottom. The butt of the grips has a few light scuffs. There are no chips or cracks. The stocks rate in about Fine 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 99% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a very light turn-line, not through the finish. The crane hinge shows very light operational wear as does the hammer. The 0.500″ target hammer and trigger retain their beautiful case color with 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 Excellent 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 wooden display case of the type available from 1974-1978 with a molded cutout for the revolver, sight adjustment tool, bore mop and cleaning rod on the bottom and a recessed insert on the top, both coated with blue flock. The tools are present and in Excellent condition. The top insert has minor impressions from the revolver and the bottom insert has wear from sharper edges such as those on the sights but both retain nearly all of their blue flock coating. The exterior of the case has a few light scattered marks. The case is in overall Fine condition. Inside the case is an assortment of factory paperwork.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s Model 29-2, built on the N-Frame with a square butt. This revolver has a beautiful blue finish, with wide serrated case colored trigger and wide checkered hammer. If one were so inclined, this could be a great home defense pistol and would do just as well for target practice using .44 Special, which has about the same ballistics as .45 ACP. It would be a suitable, if bulky, hunting sidearm. It would also make a great addition to a Smith & Wesson or Clint Eastwood collection, especially given its Excellent condition and wooden presentation case. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT 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.