SOLD FOR: $1,500.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 29-5, The .44 Magna Classic
Serial Number: MAG1963
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: Single / Double Action Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the left side of the lug is marked “44 Magnum”. The right side of the barrel is marked “29 MagnaClassic”, the right of the lug is marked “1 of 3000”. The right side plate is marked with the S&W logo. The right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas Address. The left side of the frame under the grips is marked “47X12” with an inspector mark and an inspector sticker. The butt is marked with the serial number “MAG1963” and the right side of the frame under the grips is marked “89828 279”. The yoke cut is marked “MOD. 29-5”. The yoke is marked “279”. The inside of the topstrap is marked “MAG 1963”.
Barrel Length: 7 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The installed front sight is a serrated, ramped blade with a red insert pinned to a rise in the serrated rib. The blade is replaceable and five more blades are included, three plain blades of different heights, one serrated ramped blade with no insert and a brass beaded blade. The rear sight is a standard S&W square-notched white outlined adjustable target.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth wood Goncalo Alves Combat grips with finger grooves. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent 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 99% of its current metal finish. The cylinder has a very faint turn line, but otherwise there are only light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action is crisp. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on each of the 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: This revolver comes in a cherrywood presentation case with the S&W logo on the top of the lid, red felt interior with satin ribbons on the lid holding a folder with a certificate for the revolver, fitted cutout on the bottom for the revolver, another cutout for the black case which holds the front sight inserts, and there is sealed plastic packaging with a cleaning rod, bore mop and brush and a sight adjustment tool. The sight inserts, their case and the cleaning kit are in Excellent condition showing minimal wear. The interior of the case has very light wear form its contents, the exterior has scattered scuffs and scrapes. Overall, the case is in about Good-Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The model 29 was made famous as the preferred sidearm of Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry film franchise. Since then it has seen a number of configurations from Smith & Wesson, but this is no ordinary model 29. This is The .44 Magna Classic, a 7 1/2″ barreled, full-lug, accurized variant of which only 3,000 were made in 1990. The cherrywood presentation case which comes with this revolver has done a fantastic job of protecting this revolver, with it still in Excellent condition showing minimal wear and with a bright bore. While this will likely end up in a Smith & Wesson collection, where it would surely take a prized place, Smith & Wesson also made a special effort to accurize this limited production model, and this should prove to be a great target revolver as well shoudl you choose to shoot it. Please see our photos 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.