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Old 03-17-2017, 02:54 AM
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Hello all, I've inherited a S&W model 29 .44 Magnum w/6" barrel from a collector who recently passed. The serial number is S178xxx. Would anyone here be able to identify when it was manufactured and it's approximate value? It is in excellent condition w/no obvious wear. Thanks!
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Welcome Leetron!

We really need some pictures to help you here on value. Grips and condition can be very important. Does it have a box? Accessories? Papers?

Open up the cylinder and look at the inside of the crane, just under the barrel. If there is a model number there (29, 29-1, 29-2, etc) we need to know that exactly as stamped.
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Many 44 Magnums in the S178000 range shipped in 1958. The revolver is a 44 Magnum (Pre-Model 29) with a bright blue finish (I assume you would have indicated a nickel finish) and 6 1/2-inch barrel. In 98% or better condition with original stocks it would be valued at $2,000 or more.

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Thanks for the information...I'll now have it appraised for the exact value. FYI...it is in 98+% condition - and I don't believe it's been fired more than 20-30 rounds worth.
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Thanks for the information...I'll now have it appraised for the exact value. FYI...it is in 98+% condition - and I don't believe it's been fired more than 20-30 rounds worth.
Leetron post some pics on the forum, here if you get a chance.

Doc44 that responded in this post is one of the foremost S&W experts in the world and there are several others on this forum that are long time experts collectors and authors.

Plus, we would also love to see it, and ANY boxes tools or papers that you have with the revolver. The original accouterments that go with the gun are very, very valuable in their own right.

The Model 29 is an American Icon and is highly collectible.

Many of them have indeed only been fired from 6 to 30 times as the recoil from 44 Magnum is a lot for the casual shooter to handle.
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Default S&W .44 Magnum - Serial #S178xxx

I'm sorry, fellas - but I was unable to post photos of my S&W .44 Magnum w/case - serial #S178xxx. If someone can lend me a "hand" at posting the photos, it would be much appreciated...they are in .jpeg format. Thanks for all the responses - it seems I have a very nice weapon, indeed!
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Leetron emailed this pic so that I could post it for him.
It seems the gun now wears the much later oversized target stocks from the 1970s and is in a presentation case from the same era. Nice looking 44 Magnum.
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The presentation case is a clamshell case used 1960-1968.

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Welcome to the FORUM! That is sure a good looking 29! Bob
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So, basically we have four individual things that did not originally come together:
1. A nice S-series 4-screw (?) pre-29 44 Magnum
2. A nice condition clamshell presentation case (assuming the top half insert is there)
3. N- frame oversize target stocks, no diamond, from the late-60s/70s.
4. A later model sight adjustment tool (1970s or so)
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Thanks for all the assistance on my pistol. Being that I'm a active shooter (and don't believe in 'saving' my .44 for posterity) I will now enjoy shooting her - as my mentor and benefactor would have wanted. Take care, fellas.
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I find 240 gr magnum rounds typically work well in these.
I handload for 44 Special and like to run those though for informal practice.
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