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open ear shooter
July 15, 2015, 10:07
those who recall the T.V Program Sledge Hammer ! will remember the 629 i trying to figure out what barrel length it was did the 629 of the mid 80s have 5 1/2" barrel ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQl6r0fqRAI

MAINER
July 15, 2015, 11:47
Looks like a standard six incher to me. They were made in 4", 6" and 8 1/8" barrel lengths. A 5" was made but for a short time, but a lot of 6" were cut to 5" by the custom shop and others.
Have not heard of a 5 1/2", but anything is possible.

Funny show, a bit silly and totally non-PC. :biggrin:

VALMET
July 15, 2015, 14:19
IIRC the "vintage" (pinned & rec) 5-inch 29s were manufactured in 1958 and 1980.
In '58 S&W mfg'd 500 for HH Harris in Chicago and in 1980 they mfg'd another 500.

Not sure the #'s on 629s but I know they did a run for Lew Horton of 5" 29s with unfluted cylinders.

toys
July 15, 2015, 17:54
i dont do boobtube vids due to my slow connection.

but the imo, i think the 5" tubes are more balanced both visually and weight.

some of them were special runs or maybe Lew Hortons, but there were also some by S&W brought out.

Wildcat
July 15, 2015, 23:29
Well, you can probably get a pretty good idea what the barrel length is if you know that the distance from the cylinder face to the shoulder on the barrel's ejector rod shroud is very nearly 3 inches.

gunplumber
July 16, 2015, 08:08
If you look at the 6-1/2" and the 5" in my links below, I think we can extrapolate that Mike Hammer's was a 6"

I've got a 6-1/2" 629-4 for sale
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=488399093

and a 5" 29. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=488395975

Got a gunshow this weekend so I wasn't going to relist them till next week.

Last couple guns from an estate I'm helping settle. I'll let either go for $675, free shipping.