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Smith & Wesson 29-5 Rear Sight??

MG1890MG1890 Member Posts: 4,649
edited October 2015 in Ask the Experts
My 29-5 is NOT a Classic,DX Classic, Silhouette, Magna Classic, or any other of the variations that the Standard Catalog of Smith and Wesson seems to state that all 29-5's must be. In fact, according to that book, they don't even show when or why the "-5" came to be, they skip from -4 to -6.

It's a standard style with an 8-3/8" barrel.

Missing rear sight. I ordered one from Brownells for a -5 and the screw hole didn't line up. Their tech line was no help.

My gun has the screw hole located 2.082" from the milled shoulder. Can somebody measure some other N frame guns and tell me another model that will fit? I'm getting nowhere with 29-5.

Gun came as a special gift from a childhood friend that died of Leukemia. It means a lot to me to be able to take it to the range someday.

Thanks!

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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I just checked my -3 a 10 5/8 Silhouette and 2.082 is what I show on the dial caliper to the estimated center of the screw head. I think you need to get the proper height blade also, they have several different ones.
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    dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    Is the top strap cut for a round or square front sight base [?]
    This 29-5 looks square.

    gunshowgoodies112809-1-1.jpg
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    TxsTxs Member Posts: 18,801
    edited November -1
    The 29-5 was introduced in 1990.

    A long recognized issue with 29's was the bolt having a tendency to from jump out of the cylinder notches under recoil when shooting heavy loads. This was fixed on the -5 by a larger bolt and notches.
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    MG1890MG1890 Member Posts: 4,649
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dcs shooters
    Is the top strap cut for a round or square front sight base [?]
    This 29-5 looks square.

    gunshowgoodies112809-1-1.jpg


    Well, the top strap is cut for a square rear sight..
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    dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    Well, the top strap is cut for a square rear sight..

    Any square front sight will work, just find the correct blade height.
    I think it's a .146 [;)]
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    MG1890MG1890 Member Posts: 4,649
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by dcs shooters

    Well, the top strap is cut for a square rear sight..

    Any square front sight will work, just find the correct blade height.
    I think it's a .146 [;)]



    Well, no it won't. I measured the distance from the shoulder to screw on my model 14, it is 1.852", with a square front.

    The model 29 is 2.082" for the same measurement.

    This is my problem.
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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I checked my Model 53 a K frame and 1.852 is about right.
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