SOLD FOR: $1,904.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Lew Horton Special M29-3 ‘The .44 Magnum’, N-Frame
Serial Number: ALB2833
Year of Manufacture: 1985 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Richard Nahas & Jim Supica, page 398)
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 “E18 / F34 / 39761”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is stamped “H” in a Circle, and “I” in a triangle followed by “3176”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number, the yoke is marked “E1 / 39761”.
Barrel Length: 3”
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 grips are two piece smooth wood contoured grips with finger grooves and the S&W medallions in the upper corners. This style of grip is commonly found on Lew Horton Specials. There is a light compression on the top edge of the right panel, otherwise there are only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue, case colored hammer and trigger
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 98% of its metal finish. The cylinder has a light drag line that barely pierces through the finish in some areas, there is a light scuff on the left of the topstrap, another on the left of the frame at the barrel and light handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with almost no play on each chamber. The single action trigger is crisp. The double action is smooth. 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: The gun is housed in a period correct S&W blue box. There is no end label. There is an unopened cleaning kit, an assortment of factory paperwork, and wax paper. Without an end label we cannot say 100% that this is the original box, but judging by the overall condition of accessories, appears to be of the same vintage.
Our Assessment: This is Lew Horton Special Smith & Wesson’s Model 29-3, built on the N-Frame with a round butt. The gun is housed in a period correct S&W blue box. There is no end label. Without an end label we cannot say 100% that this is the original box, but judging by the overall condition of accessories, appears to be of the same vintage. A sharp gun in a nice box with only 5000 manufacturted, likely not something you will run accross any time soon. A great firearm to invest in as a shooter or collector.
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.