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Old 07-25-2021, 10:10 AM
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"As we grow older",,,,, Don't you just cringe when someone (especially a Doctor) says that???. Born in the 50's, growing up in the 60's & 70's, we are products of that world. As a kid, we read Skeeter Skelton, and Elmer Keith. We watched the Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, John Wayne and "Dirty" Harry Calahan. THE revolver was the S&W Model 29. If you did not have one, you wanted one. Mid-70's, these were still scarce in my area and guys waited on lists to find their chance. Life progressed and I just never found the right one.
Recently, I found one I could not pass up. It was born in 1964 and likely shipped in 4th quarter of that year. It appears to be factory-fired only. It was in a later Type "B" case with re-covered liner. Maybe I'll trip over the proper "A" liner someday. Until then, it resides here,,,,,.



It "made my day"!!!!

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I do like a 29!
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You hit it right on the head, as another one born in the '50s and growing up in the '60s & '70s THE gun was the 29. It's the first revolver I wanted to buy but I was way behind the curve on finding one thanks to Dirty Harry. So, I settled and bought a brand new Colt SSA (another gun I wish I still had) but it still wasn't a 29.

The Colt had to be the number TWO gun to get thanks to all the westerns we watched and another cop, Matt Dillon.

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Yours is a winner!

I started with a Ruger Super Blackhawk, traded it for a M52 Target pistol, bought a Ruger Redhawk, traded it, and finally acquired a M629 with 8-3/8" barrel.
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I love your 29! It is a beauty.

But let me add fodder to this thread....born in the 50's, growing up in the 60-70's, THE gun was the 1873 Peacemaker custom made with a 1 ounce trigger.

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I don't think you got a very good look at this gun while you had it. The balance is perfect. This trigger responds to a pressure of one ounce. If you look carefully in the barrel you'll see the lines of the rifling. It's a rarity in a hand weapon. This gun was handcrafted to my specifications and I rarely draw it unless I mean to use it. Would you care for a demonstration?

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Nice revolver. I bought one new in 1975 (IIRC) for $425. It was a 29-2 4". Shot well out to 125 yards, back when I had much younger eyes.
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Nice find, Charlie!

And, 1964!Ö
-my birth year.

Iíve had representative firearms from so many years; somehow, Ď64 seems to elude me. Oh, well.

Thatís a beautiful Model 29. Congratulations!

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There were two primary sporting goods/gun shops during the time I grew up in Jackson, TN. One was Travis Johnson's Sporting Goods and the other was Hamm House. Both were downtown and approximately one block apart. While my mother was shopping, I would head to one and then the other.

When the first mall was built, West of downtown, a Gateway Sporting Goods store opened. I remember pressing my nose against the glass to look at the Mod. 29 in the presentation case. The other two stores didn't have one in stock for months and there was a waiting list for those who wanted to buy a Mod. 29.

I didn't acquire my first S&W .44 magnum until I was in my 50's. It isn't a 29 but, a 626 Classic DX and is one of my constant companions during deer season. That being said, a Mod. 29 with a 6" barrel and blue finish is, IMO, one of the finest looking handguns a person could own!

Yours is a beautiful example. I do have a 29-4 with a barrel half that length though.
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It's good to see my contemporaries that share my passion for the finest firearms. I am grateful to Dirty Harry and everyone lusting after the Model 29. Fortunately for me, everyone overlooked a beautiful new Model 57, because it wasn't a .44 mag. and I ended up with it. I felt that it would hold me over until I could find the Model 29. I ended up liking it better. When I was finally able to find a Model 29, it turned out to be a used 29-1, the store owner said that if I wanted it, I'd have to pay the full new retail price of $235.50. I ended up the 29-2 later.
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Yeah, I can relate.

Bought this 6 1/2" new in 1974 for $450.

$450 for a 23 year old in 1974 was a boatload of money,
but I was going to "have it", and that's all there was to it.

Shot the bejezuzzus out of it for well over a decade.

It'll never leave my possession.
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Great gun! That’s a nice bright set cokes on it. I probably would have paid too much for that if had the chance.
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Absolutely great gun! Congratulations! I just love it when a plan comes together!
Oh.... and when you "trip over" that Clamshell case, make sure you have 500 bucks or so in your hand to break your fall!
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Beautiful 29!

It took a few years of looking to find mine. I've always been partial to the 4" barrels myself.



A 6 1/2" 29-2 is on the 'list', however...
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Just absolutely beautiful gun. I love my 29-2 and will never part with it. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
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THE revolver was the S&W Model 29. If you did not have one, you wanted one.
Recently, I found one I could not pass up. It was born in 1964 and likely shipped in 4th quarter of that year. It appears to be factory-fired only.

It "made my day"!!!!
Mighty fine, mighty fine. An unfired M29, wow. Very sweet, congrats.

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It's good to see my contemporaries that share my passion for the finest firearms. I am grateful to Dirty Harry and everyone lusting after the Model 29. Fortunately for me, everyone overlooked a beautiful new Model 57, because it wasn't a .44 mag. and I ended up with it. I felt that it would hold me over until I could find the Model 29. I ended up liking it better. When I was finally able to find a Model 29, it turned out to be a used 29-1, the store owner said that if I wanted it, I'd have to pay the full new retail price of $235.50. I ended up the 29-2 later.
Don't you wish you'd paid full retail for that dash-1 now?

I have also gravitated to the M57 as my favorite. I have a very nice commemorative M29-2, but it shall remain unfired and I'm happy to have my "S" M57 (and a M58) to use in its place.
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Mighty fine, mighty fine. An unfired M29, wow. Very sweet, congrats.


Don't you wish you'd paid full retail for that dash-1 now?

I have also gravitated to the M57 as my favorite. I have a very nice commemorative M29-2, but it shall remain unfired and I'm happy to have my "S" M57 (and a M58) to use in its place.
I did buy the29-1 and shortly afterwards, an acquaintance offered to sell me his first year Model 57, for $180.00 (the presentation cases were stolen several years ago) but I still have the revolvers.
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Model 29-2 shipped in March 1973 during the post-Dirty Harry craze to have one of these revolvers.

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Congratulations on you find. With mine I keep a badge and inspector's shield case all movie props of course.
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Like the OP, born in the 50's (the very early 50's) and grew up in the 60's and 70's reading Elmer & Skeeter.

I lived in NE PA in the 70's and there was a large department store in Eynon, PA called Sugarman's. In an age where other gunstores were gouging prices on N-frame Smiths, Sugarman's was discounting them. You just had to get on a list and wait.

I did just that and got on their list for both a Model 25-2 and a Model 29-2, both with 6 1/2" barrels. In July of 1977 I got the call for the 25-2 and paid $229.95. Later that same year, I got the call for the 29-2 and paid $269.95. Still have them both, with quite a few others that I have accumulated over the years.




Both came with presentation cases, which I also still have, although in need of jcelect's services. The stocks on the 25-2 are early monogrips by Guy Hogue.

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Every old manís dream too. 😎

I have had two over the years, both early 29-2ís. One was fairly worn out when I got, the other was good. I sold them or traded them away.
Have a 629-4 Classic with a 6 1/2Ē barrel now. Very nice 44 magnum revolver, but the older blued ones are special.
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Like the OP, born in the 50's (the very early 50's) and grew up in the 60's and 70's reading Elmer & Skeeter.

I lived in NE PA in the 70's and there was a large department store in Eynon, PA called Sugarman's. In an age where other gunstores were gouging prices on N-frame Smiths, Sugarman's was discounting them. You just had to get on a list and wait.

I did just that and got on their list for both a Model 25-2 and a Model 29-2, both with 6 1/2" barrels. In July of 1977 I got the call for the 25-2 and paid $229.95. Later that same year, I got the call for the 29-2 and paid $269.95. Still have them both, with quite a few others that I have accumulated over the years.




Both came with presentation cases, which I also still have, although in need of jcelect's services. The stocks on the 25-2 are early monogrips by Guy Hogue.

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I had a cased 25 in the mid 80's. Had to wait 2 years for it. Kept it 10 years, never shot it and traded it. Man I have done some dumb things!!!

Did the same thing with a high polished Python too
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Yes, they were all the rage in the '70s and '80s, the pictures in the magazines were like porn when I was teen. I've owned several 29s in the more modern configurations since then but finally picked up a beautiful 4" nickle 29-3 just the other day, haven't even had time to take a picture. The wooden case needs to fabric but the gun is 99% and it has finally scratched that old itch.
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Born in 58, my first revolver was a Super Blackhawk I bought from a truck driver passing through the diesel shop I worked for in 197?.


Turns out it was stolen, the police came and took it away!


I didn't know what a "model 29" was, but a 29 yr old model would have been fine too!


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Born in 58, my first revolver was a Super Blackhawk I bought from a truck driver passing through the diesel shop I worked for in 197?.


Turns out it was stolen, the police came and took it away!


I didn't know what a "model 29" was, but a 29 yr old model would have been fine too!


But even she is 83 now..........
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Gotta love the 29's.

Pure unadulterated raw...

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Great pictures of the mighty M29. Of all the pictures posted, I know which one would embody my young man dreams !!!!!
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My first was a 29-3 6"
2nd was a 1957 pre-29 6 1/2 w/case from a forum member
3rd was a 20-2 4"
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I bought my first S&W revolver in 1978- a couple of years after I graduated from college and actually had some spending cash. Like USBP SW, mine was a brand spankin' new 4" blued Model 57 with presentation case (because there were no Model 29s available). However, I found out that I really liked the .41 Magnum and it got me into reloading. That revolver was stolen the following year, and I replaced it with a Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum with a 7-1/2" bbl. It was quite a few years later, after raising a family, that I could justify collecting guns. As many Forum members will tell you, it's addicting! I have a modest collection, mostly S&W N-frames- a few of those are .44 Magnums including a 4-screw .44 Magnum (1957), and a bunch of Model 29-2s in 4", 6", and 6-1/2". All are beautiful revolvers, accurate, and fun to shoot. I do still have my original Model 57 presentation case (relined by jcelect some years ago), and I would like to replace the Model 57. They're getting harder to find, but I'll keep looking.
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NOT ME, cause I picked up a bad 1! Functioned ok at the gun show, but would bind upon firing. The gun smith had it 3 times for a couple of months. Never came back right. Needless to say, I don't have it any more. Shame, because it was a looker! Bob
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Born in '47, just got a new job near Worcester,Mass. in '77 paying $178 per week.
Bought my 29-2 a few weeks later, used with minor wear, paid $325 and was lucky to get it. I believe M.S.R.P. was $181 !
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Born in '47, just got a new job near Worcester,Mass. in '77 paying $178 per week.
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About the same time frame, mine cost me $425 NIB in NC. A M29-2 with 4 inch barrel. Yes, good times!
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Here is one of the two 6.5" 29-2s that I own, in the type of case you should have to match that beauty!

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I grew up in the same time period and while the model 29 would have been nice, new ones were bringing $400 and up, and I bought my model 19 for half that. Didn't get a 44 magnum until we won a 29-6 in our club's raffle in 97. The day we won it, I told my 16 year old son that it was his ticket was the winner. He has had it since he turned 21 and i have a 29-3 in nickel that i picked up in 2008.

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Born in 58, my first revolver was a Super Blackhawk I bought from a truck driver passing through the diesel shop I worked for in 197?.


Turns out it was stolen, the police came and took it away!


I didn't know what a "model 29" was, but a 29 yr old model would have been fine too!


I bet this post resulted in a few accidental discharges.
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Nice find, Charlie!

And, 1964!Ö
-my birth year.

Iíve had representative firearms from so many years; somehow, Ď64 seems to elude me. Oh, well.

Thatís a beautiful Model 29. Congratulations!

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Here's another 29-2 shipped in 1964. Mine was shipped January 14, 1964.
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Very nice Charlie699!

A Model 29-2 can scratch an itch for years and years. I was a young man, not quite 23 when I indulged my dreams and paid over retail for a new 8 3/8-inch Model 29-2 in early 1980. It remains one of the most itch-scratchin' pistolas I ever acquired.




Unfortunately, the lining in the wood display box spontaneously dissolved away years ago. I've never attempted to replace the lining.
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A Model 29-2 can scratch an itch for years and years. I was a young man, not quite 23 when I indulged my dreams and paid over retail for a new 8 3/8-inch Model 29-2 in early 1980. It remains one of the most itch-scratchin' pistolas I ever acquired.




Unfortunately, the lining in the wood display box spontaneously dissolved away years ago. I've never attempted to replace the lining.


This was my nickel 8 3/8" 27-2 transitional that the case lining
dissolved away too. I had the case relined and sold it.

edit - it was shipped in 1982.
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Here's mine. I need to take some better photos. She's immaculate.

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29-2 with Keith Brown grips. A present from my wife when I was a young man, long ago.

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I was born in 1945, but did not get a 29-2 until last year. Very little wear, but box liner is rough.
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I grew up in the 80's, but always enjoyed S&W revolvers. I got a 686 in the late 80's, & went through the Academy with a Model 15 (later to be replaced by the 686). I've always had an old soul & read all the great gun writers from the past.

I found this 29-2 from the Dirty Harry era (May 1974) about 6 months ago or so.


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Took me till my 60's to get it but this sweetie's been mine for a while now!
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Took me till my 60's to get it but this sweetie's been mine for a while now!
Got mine when I was about 34. Broke my right wrist when I was 40 and could not shoot the revolver with full house loads after that. Sold it to finance anther gun.
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In my day it was Raquel that was every young man’s dream, guess today it would be Scarlet. I imagine a 29 is alright.
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I won't ever sell this one, but I'd like to find one I'm willing to shoot. Preferably 4" and blue, earlier the better.
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Like them so much I had to get one of each. 29-2 and 629-1.
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