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Please help! Smith & Wesson Model 29 question

deerodgersdeerodgers Member Posts: 44 ✭✭
edited September 2008 in Ask the Experts

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    idahoduckeridahoducker Member Posts: 740 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    From the little bit I know you may have one of the first S&W .44s actually marked as a model 29. Likely 1957-1960. If no one here comes up with a definitive answer try www.smith-wessonforum.com
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Your M 29 was made in the 1958/59 time frame. And is of the more common "3 screw" persuasion. Your photos lack clarity, and are difficult to interpret for appraisal purposes.
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    givettegivette Member Posts: 10,886
    edited November -1
    My SerNo is S149367. Before it was called Model 29. I've been told my SerNo indicates the first year for S&W in .44 Magnum [1955?] Although I have a "Hand Ejector", I prefer to refer to it as a '29 for quick identification purposes during casual gun-talk.

    Your gun is wedged between a small timeframe that occured between the adoption of model numbers, and the dropping of the "S" prefix..so hopefully someone should be able to pipe in with a close approximation of your gun's DOM.

    If you need a guess, I'd say very late '50's for the Date of manufacture. Hope I helped. Below is my pre-'29 .44 magnum. Enjoy yours!! Best, Joe

    44Mag5Screw001jpg.jpg
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    laytonj1laytonj1 Member Posts: 97 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Your M 29 was made in the 1958/59 time frame. And is of the more common "3 screw" persuasion.
    Actually, it's the much less common 4 screw. The 4th screw is in the front of the trigger guard.

    Jim
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by laytonj1
    quote:Your M 29 was made in the 1958/59 time frame. And is of the more common "3 screw" persuasion.
    Actually, it's the much less common 4 screw. The 4th screw is in the front of the trigger guard.

    Jim


    Either your wrong or the S & W book is wrong. According to them the highest 4 screw M 29, has a S.N. of # S167500. As Deerogers M 29 has a S.N. 18,000 higher it seems it should be a 3 screw?
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    laytonj1laytonj1 Member Posts: 97 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Either your wrong or the S & W book is wrong. According to them the highest 4 screw M 29, has a S.N. of # S167500. As Deerogers M 29 has a S.N. 18,000 higher it seems it should be a 3 screw?
    Neither, SN 167500 is when they deleted the 4th sideplate screw which took the gun from a 5 screw to a 4 screw. Again, the number 4 screw is on the forward part of the trigger guard. It was deleted around the time the 29-1 started(1961).
    Go to page 15 of the 3rd edition of the SCSW for a detailed explanation.

    Jim
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    tsr1965tsr1965 Member Posts: 8,682 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by deerodgers
    I have a Smith & Wesson Model 29 serial number S185558 can anyone tell me its age and approx value? no rust, slight wear of blueing on tip of barrel. Pachmyr grips, also have ivory (genuine) grips
    http://www.Photoshed.net/is.php?i=12641&img=DSCF3392.JPG
    http://www.Photoshed.net/is.php?i=12642&img=DSCF3393.JPG
    http://www.Photoshed.net/is.php?i=12643&img=DSCF3394.JPG
    http://www.Photoshed.net/is.php?i=12644&img=DSCF3395.JPG
    http://www.Photoshed.net/is.php?i=12645&img=DSCF3396.JPG


    I would love to see a picture or two of those Ivory grips. They could be worth as much as the gunif they are in good shape.

    Your gun dates to the 1959 era, and is a pinned barrel, and should have recessed cylinder bores for the cartrige rim. In the condition it is in, is should bring in the 400-500.00 range.

    Best
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    deerodgersdeerodgers Member Posts: 44 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Tsr1965 and Laytonj1 are correct, it is a 4 screw, it does have recessed cylinder bores. There are pictures of the grips on the auction I placed, the number is 110455464, the pictures are fairly good, the one close up got a bit fuzzy though.
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