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Looking at a 629-2 mountain gun for purchase. It has the tapered barrel, black powder cylinder chamfer but a matte finish instead of satin?
It doesn’t have “mountain gun” stamped or etched on the barrel?
It has Pachmeyer rubber grips, these are not factory issue?
Would you tell me if this is a rnd or sqr butt frame? Thanks
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:32 AM
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Looking at a 629-2 mountain gun for purchase. It has the tapered barrel, black powder cylinder chamfer but a matte finish instead of satin?
It doesn’t have “mountain gun” stamped or etched on the barrel?
It has Pachmeyer rubber grips, these are not factory issue?
Would you tell me if this is a rnd or sqr butt frame? Thanks
TRUE MOUNTAIN GUNS ARE BUILT ON ROUND BUTT FRAMES......
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TRUE MOUNTAIN GUNS ARE BUILT ON ROUND BUTT FRAMES......
This! And Joe would know as he has more than a couple true "Mountain Guns" for sure! They are becoming more scarce as of late.

I would skip on the "example" you are currently looking at as it sounds to be a wannabe Mountain Gun. There are plenty on GB right now but be ready to pay about $1200 for one on there. If you can afford to be patient they can be had for about $1,000 in a face to face sale/trade.

I got a Mountain Back Packer 3 weeks ago and after running almost 300 rounds thru her/vetting and learning what loads it likes best, (really everything I've ran thru it to be honest), checking POA to POI, it just surfed my M29-3 Lew Horton Special as my permanent "Woods-Gun". After shipping and FFL fees I'm into her for $1,078 and gladly would have paid up to a couple hundred more OP. Deals are out there, be patient, and verify on this forum with any questions as to the validity as to what you are actually purchasing. I was/bidded into a "Lew Horton Special" on GB back in July before I raised the validity if the gun was actually a 3" LHS. I called Lew Horton Distributing only to find out it was NOT a Lew Horton Special, not even an overrun of theirs. The seller let me out of the bid but I know he let the actual buyer go on thinking he was getting a true LHS. Don't get burned!
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Being a 29-2 and not marked it is a "Mountain Revolver", the pre-cursor to the Mountain Gun. The original stocks were the Pachmayr "K-Gripper", so the stocks could very well be original. It will be a round butt frame. I really don't understand what the distinction would be between "satin" and "matte", the finish is glass-beaded.
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Being a 29-2 and not marked it is a "Mountain Revolver", the pre-cursor to the Mountain Gun. The original stocks were the Pachmayr "K-Gripper", so the stocks could very well be original. It will be a round butt frame. I really don't understand what the distinction would be between "satin" and "matte", the finish is glass-beaded.
Is this particular model less desirable and/or valuable than the “labeled” Mountain Gun?
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Is this particular model less desirable and/or valuable than the “labeled” Mountain Gun?
To a collector - YES

To a shooter - NO. The 629-4 was the pinnacle of evolution before the internal lock and MIM parts began appearing. The 629-2e had the endurance package, and the 3 & 4 revisions all got better than the previous iterations.

The glass bead finish shows wear more easily than the later production runs, but even they have somewhat fragile laser marked caliber on the barrel and 'Mountain Gun' on the barrel. These could be easily removed with too vigorous of a cleaning (aka scotchbrite pads) or other abrasive materials.
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My mtn gun came with Hogue grips with the metal S&W emblem in them. After a lot of use....ALL....that sorry cheap lazer etching has worn off leaving the gun sterile as to identity. No problem for me as it still shoots as well as it did when new. The first run of these were labeled "Mountain Revolver". The second run was labeled "MountainGun (1993)". Don't let the etching ID keep you from buying it............BTW My 686 mtn gun that I bought at a GS had all the etching ID worn off too. And its still a fine revolver.
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To a collector - YES

To a shooter - NO. The 629-4 was the pinnacle of evolution before the internal lock and MIM parts began appearing. The 629-2e had the endurance package, and the 3 & 4 revisions all got better than the previous iterations.

The glass bead finish shows wear more easily than the later production runs, but even they have somewhat fragile laser marked caliber on the barrel and 'Mountain Gun' on the barrel. These could be easily removed with too vigorous of a cleaning (aka scotchbrite pads) or other abrasive materials.



Yeah, I can see the laser etching wearing off of my 629-5 with enough presentations/re-holstering this MBP. I mean, why not do a real stamp/roll? It's obvious S&W wanted these to be called Mountain Revolvers/Guns. Probably costs savings, I know...
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