SOLD FOR: $1,025.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Custom 629-1 ‘The .44 Magnum Stainless’, Round Butt N-Frame
Serial Number: ANC5776
Year of Manufacture: 1986-1987 (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 “G10 / 71X6X”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address, the right side plate has S&W’s monogram logo. 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 “G10 / 71X6X”, with a couple of other inspector marks, the butt has the serial number. The right side of the grip frame is marked “G” in circle, “7619” and with “H” in triangle.
Barrel Length: 3″, With Mag-Na-Port style porting.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a 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 grip is a one-piece pebble-textured black rubber Hogue Monogrip with finger grooves which leaves the top portion of the serrated backstrap exposed. The mounting screw doubles as a lanyard ring. The grip has some light scuffs in the smooth portions and light handling marks. There are no rips or tears. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Matte Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 94% of its metal finish. The matte finish shows some scattered light scuffing and scratches. The cylinder has a turn-line. The hammer and trigger have light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear except for the “V” on the rear of the cylinder and the “A” on the butt which are shallow and faint. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good-plus condition as refinished and customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has very little play 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: None
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 3″ barrel and round butt, one of 8,000 such revolvers produced in 1986 and 1987 as Lew Horton speicals. This example has been customized with a matte-finish, Hogue grip with lanyard-loop mounting screw and Mag-Na-Port style porting to help reduce recoil. This would make an excellent hunting sidearm, backpack gun when in bear country, or home defense revolver. That said, with its scarcity and custom features, we expect that Smith collectors are going to want to add this one to their stable. 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.