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September 21, 2010, 23:08
I'm curious about this Model 29-3, serial no AUD48xx. Most of the S&W 44s I have seen have either a half or full barrel lug which encloses the extractor rod, but this one just has a short piece holding the front lock, like you see on a Model 10.
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It's missing the original grips, the finish is moderately worn, and it doesn't lock up really tight, but the trigger pull is nice and the barrel looks clean. I know the -3 isn't considered as nice a piece as the pinned and recessed models, but I'm really looking for a shooter.
It was either this one or a Ruger Blacktop in 44 Special.
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It shot about 6" high at 25 yards the only time I have been able to shoot it. I'm looking forward to more range time!
Andy the Aussie
September 22, 2010, 01:00
I have never seen one with the ejector shroud like that before...someone who knows more about such matters (paging BUFF) will be along shortly.
Right Side Up
September 22, 2010, 01:51
I've never seen a .44 barrel like that. Makes you wonder if someone modified it.
If Buff doesn't know you can post it at smith-wessonforums.com. Someone there surely knows.
Has the gun been reblued that you know of? If it was done at the factory it will be stamped on the grip frame. Would have to remove the grip to see it.
September 22, 2010, 06:54
I have never seen anything like that, either. My guess is someone removed all but a little of the ejector rod shround, leaving enough for the locking pin and spring, but I can't imagine why. The front edge of what is left doesn't look right, it's too angled. I have seen a few full underlug barrels modified to get rid of the lug, and leave the nub for the pin and spring, but never have seen the shroud removed like that.
All of the non-tapered N frame barrels have a shroud decept the Model 58 fixed sight .41 Mag.
September 22, 2010, 15:55
I haven't seen this on a 29, but I did see a 38-44 HD that didn't have the shroud. Special order, factory made, and it sold for lots of $$.
Call S&W (number is on their web site) and ask to talk to the historian. He might be able to tell you if it's something special. Or, as noted, try the S&W forum. Nice folks, with lots of knowledge.
You might want to check your rear sight. It looks, from the photo, that it might be loose at the front. ;)
September 22, 2010, 21:45
Taking a good look at the barrel, I suspect someone did cut the shroud off.
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Here's a closer look.
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I should have taken a closer look before buying, but I don't think I'll miss it.
I will also post these on the S&W forum and see what they say.
Thanks for the help!
September 22, 2010, 23:41
MikeF, after looking at those photos, I'm going to guess that it's not a factory conversion. The one I saw (the 38-44) was much cleaner. It was hard to tell that the shroud was ever there. The polish and finish was pert near perfect.
Probably make the gun a bit lighter for carrying!
September 23, 2010, 18:39
Whatever, but you will enjoy shooting that piece. I picked up a used 29-3 at a great price about ten years ago. I called S&W and got a little history from the serial number. I was advised to keep the bullet weights at 240gr or less due to problems with heavier pill weights. Reloading for her will save ya a bunch of coin! Congrats!!!!!!!!!
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