SOLD FOR: $2,375.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 629 The .44 Magnum Stainless, Square Butt N-Frame
Serial Number: N749196
Year of Manufacture: 1980 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas, P257)
Caliber: .44 Magnum & Special Cartridges
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “44 MAGNUM”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number and the yoke is marked “43811 / S / A20”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address. The ejecor rod cut in the lug is marked “S”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “V”. The left side of the grip frame is marked “43811″, with a couple of other inspector marks, the butt has the serial number. The right side of the grip frame is marked “B” in circle, “7487” and “7” in hexagon. The cylinder, barrel and frame have scroll engraving. The right side of the trigger guard at the front is signed “C / N”.
Barrel Length: 6″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade with an orange insert, integral to a serrated ramp base which is integral to the solid, wide rib. The rear sight is a square notched, white outlined leaf in a S&W micrometer click base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece white panels with floral relief engraving with the engraved areas painted black. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The grips are in about Excellent condition as not original to the revolver.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: The finish is original except for the sideplate which we believe has been resurfaced prior to engraving and the gold inlay on the cylinder and barrel.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered light marks and handling marks. The hammer has light operational wear. The cylinder does not have a turn line. The screw heads are sharp except for the grip screw which has light tool marking with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition as engraved.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup is solid on each of the six chambers. The double action trigger is smooth and the single-action is 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 revolver comes in a wood presentation case with blue felt interior and accessory compartment with lid. The case has no notable wear or damage, in about Excellent condition. Also included is a letter from the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation indicating that this revolver was made on March 6, 1980 on the second day of regular production.
Our Assessment: Popularized by Dirty Harry movies, the N-frame long barrel S&W revolvers had already been on the shelf in America for a few decades; after the movie, the Model 29 was revered by target shooters and law enforcement alike. This is an all stainless steel version with a 6″ barrel and square butt, from the second day of regular production of the model 629. It has been engraved and fitted with some custom decorative grips and comes with a nice wooden case in which to display it. The revolver is in Excellent condition with only a few scattered light marks and will make a great addition to any collection. 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 section does not apply to out of state residents.
This revolver first shipped to The Cake-Davis Co. in Berkeley California. The Cake-Davis Company was owned by Bill and Gil Davis, Gil being a Smith & Wesson representative and Bill being a renowned gunsmith, known best for specialty PPC revolvers including Smolts and Cougars (Colt barrels on Smith & Ruger actions). In addition to the decorative engraving, the rear of the barrel and the muzzle each have in inlaid gold band.