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September 05, 2012, 18:31
Hi wheel gun fans. My fal needs a little brother. do I get a 29-1 or 29-2 or a new model 29 classic, the money seems about the same. on gunstealer the only 29's with bids are the pinned and recessed models fron the early 80's. Any help would be appreciated, thanks, dave

September 05, 2012, 20:45
I prefer the earlier the better. But, that's just me.


September 05, 2012, 22:09
I prefer the earlier the better. But, that's just me.


I do as well....

September 05, 2012, 22:14
T-minus ten until a "lock" rant.

Retired Bum
September 05, 2012, 23:35
I had a Model 29-3 six inch purchased NIB and it was a decent shooter. Then one day at a local gunshop I spied a used 29-2 6.5 inch in the case. It had a N prefix serial number that dated it to 1971. Pinned and recessed of course. The trigger action was considerably smoother and lighter than the 29-3. So I swapped it for the older 29 and a 50 dollar bill.

It is up to you as to which model you decide to acquire but if the condition and price is acceptable to you then I would go for a P&R version. In the long run it will be worth more money than a later model.

And so it goes.

The Retired One

Right Side Up
September 05, 2012, 23:52
If you see a 29-1 it is a rare gun. Not many were made. 29-2's are common.

If you want one that has the enhancement features, get a -4 or -5.

I have a 44 Magnum that was shipped in 1957. Very nice gun. The 6.5" version can be found for about $1500 with the original Coke grips.

Nothing wrong with the non pinned and recessed ones. I have a 29-3 that is a great shooter.

A 629-4 will probably be my next N frame purchase.

A new model lock gun is at the bottom of the list for me. MIM guns are only one notch higher. A lot of guys like those features though. I leave them for others that think they're ok.

September 06, 2012, 00:22
Agree with all of the above. The earlier models had a touch more fitting, and had better actions because of it. It's my guess that in the 1970s, the factory wanted the 29s to get the extra attention to ensure the quality and build the reputation, which then increased the public's desire to own one.


K. Funk
September 06, 2012, 05:07
I have built a nice collection of S&W's recently, both new and old (er). While I like the older 29 and 57, I also have a new 57 and 25 as well as a 686. I have been nothing but impressed with how the new guns shoot out of the box. Granted they don't have the feel of quality that the older guns ooze, and I don't know how they will hold up long term, but right now, I like the new ones more than I thought I would.


September 06, 2012, 08:47
Thanks for all the fast replies, two of my favorite guns are a marlin 39a i got new in early 70's and a ruger m77v in 220 swift i got in 81 or 82. It looks likea p&n for me as value seems to hold and falfiles opinoins have much value, happy shooting, dave