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Old 02-09-2012, 08:04 AM
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Just called Smith. The 329 xl Hunter has been dropped. None were ever made and none will ever be made. Darn!
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:47 AM
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I wonder what the big deal was in making it? Seemed like just a longer barrel on a 329pd.
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Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw an older episode of Guns & Ammo TV. Dick Metcalf did a bit on one, shot a few rounds and compared it to the 329 PD. Too bad.
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All I know is that they had engineering problems with it. No idea what those problems were.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:35 PM
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Just a guess -- I imagine the short barrel on the Night Guard model would be fairly strong for it's length, but if you stetched it out for a longer model there may have been some issues relating to flex and fatigue.
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Well, its a shame. It was on my short list of newish guns I wanted. In fact, it might have been the entire short list.
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Look at the bright side - $$$$ saved for more ammo.
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Darn it was going one the few "new" Smiths I would add to my collection.
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Totally weird. S&W rep at SCI told me the 329 XL was never built and never would be and that it was dropped from their web site. Not sure how one slipped thru the cracks if you seen it on a TV show.

I verified it was not on their web site the middle of Feb 2012 and guess what? It is now back on their site. Maybe this time around they will make it. But it really seems like S&W doesnt know it's butt from a hole in the ground on this one.
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Totally weird. S&W rep at SCI told me the 329 XL was never built and never would be and that it was dropped from their web site. But it really seems like S&W doesnt know it's butt from a hole in the ground on this one.
Ruger is just as bad,,,I don't know where they find these jokers that they send to the shows. The Ruger rep at the Elk Foundation show got into a full-on argument with me about how they cannot make a Ruger 480 because the cylinder is not big enough??? I said "it is your creation and you did make them" "nope, we can't" Plus there is no market in the hunting revoler. So this moron brings a pile of little LCR's to the RockyMountain Elk Foundation Hunting Show
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I remember watching Guns and Ammo TV this winter and maybe it was a repeat , but they were test firing and bragging one of the never made 329XL hunters . Also Cabelas ran an add awhile back for I think 800 something , but other than that show I have never seen one . Hmm ! Curious ?
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:13 AM
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Item# 61750
Description: S&W M329XL 163405 44M 6.5 HNTR BL

Sports South has had them in the catalog for quite a while now. Never noticed if any were in stock.
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Just got an e-mail from this. This gun IS NOT going to be made.
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