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Old 06-29-2018, 05:01 PM
M Yaworski M Yaworski is offline
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I bought a 29-2 because it is THE Dirty Harry gun. Mine was made in 1971 and has the 6 1/2" barrel.
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Old 06-29-2018, 05:16 PM
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What ever happened to the OP??? He hasn't posted since the original post!!
He's probably thinking "Did I read 6 posts or only 5? Now to tell you the truth, in all the excitement that this post has generated, I have forgotten myself. But seeing that this post is about a 44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and will blow your head clean off.....well, I've got to ask myself....do I really need this much information?"
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Old 06-29-2018, 05:43 PM
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My 29-2 and 24-3. Beautiful firearms to own and shoot.
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Old 06-29-2018, 11:10 PM
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I'm still here, just reading all the great post about everyone's model 29. I want one bad ! Finding one I like is the problem.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:04 AM
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Fun facts about the guns used in Dirty Harry.

Most of the time, Eastwood was carrying a rubber gun in his holster. The real guns were brought out only when they were going to be seen out of the holster. The last time that I was at the NRA museum, they had the rubber gun on display.

There were two guns used on camera. One with a 6 1/2" barrel and one with an 8 3/8" barrel. The long barreled gun was used for shots looking down the barrel or up the barrel, depending on your point of view.

There is an urban myth that the guns used in the movie were actually Model 57s because 29s were unavailable at the time. Back when I was an not-quite-famous gunwriter, I had a conversation with Roy Jinks at S&W about this myth. Roy assured me that the movie props were indeed 29s, he avered that he would know as he was the gunsmith that put them together for the movie. He did offer that they were sent to Stembridge and that Stembridge may have have converted them to use 5-in-1 blanks but they left the factory as .44 Mag.

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Old 06-30-2018, 01:59 PM
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I would never have thought of Clint Eastwood as being on the "rubber gun" squad.

Interesting facts.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:35 PM
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True. High speed videos showed the gun actually unlocking under recoil. Guns were beating themselves to death. I shot silhouette in the 80's. We were the group of shooters who brought the problem to light for S&W. An inertia block was added in the -4 guns and that essentially solved the problem. I have a brand new 3" 629. I'm not worried about wearing it out. A pre-4 model....no way. A safe queen maybe. But a daily shooter....not for me, based purely on my own experience. 500 factory rounds and my gun was toast. Fool me once.....

Why do some guns exhibit the problem and others dont??? Who knows. Differences in hardness of components from batch to batch? Differences in ammo certainly.
Perhaps one culprit is how much some shooters say they shoot vs how much they actually shoot?? A "bunch of rounds" to one guy is another guys warm up.
Silhouette shooters didn't bring the problem to light, you were the problem. The Model 29 was introduced in 1955 and is a variation of a design dating to 1908. By firing steady amounts of loads heavier than the gun was designed for, you created a problem never envisioned by the guns designers.


OP, if you want one get. Prices won't be going down any time soon, if ever. So hesitating because of the cost won't make you feel better in the future. 29-2s are fine guns, I've owned several. A 4 inch nickeled example is my current favorite. Keep the loads to bullets in the 240-250 grain weight class, at 1200-1300 feet per second and the gun with outlast you. I shoot those on occasion, but my main range load pushes a 240 grain bullet at 950 feet per second. I have no worries about the durability of the gun. Like most of us, you'll probably find shooting less than maximum loads to be far more enjoyable. Treat it like the thoroughbred it is and a 29-2 will serve you well. If you catch the magnum bug and just have to shoot fire belching loads on a regular basis, than something like a Ruger or a Freedom Arms would be a better choice.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:57 PM
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I'm still here, just reading all the great post about everyone's model 29. I want one bad ! Finding one I like is the problem.

Glad to see that you hung around. I hope that you are getting the info that you wanted/needed.
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Old 06-30-2018, 03:47 PM
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Yes, getting lots of info about the 29, mostly ammo related. I want one for the range once or twice a month, and just admiring it everyday. Show me more pics of your model 29's !

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Old 06-30-2018, 05:26 PM
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I would never have thought of Clint Eastwood as being on the "rubber gun" squad.

Interesting facts.
I've been doing some reading and apparently the rubber gun was used to keep the pretty guns from getting damaged.

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Old 07-01-2018, 02:37 AM
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Silhouette shooters didn't bring the problem to light, you were the problem. The Model 29 was introduced in 1955 and is a variation of a design dating to 1908. By firing steady amounts of loads heavier than the gun was designed for, you created a problem never envisioned by the guns designers......
Wow!!! Imagine that!!! Smith and Wesson redesigned the lockwork of the Model 29 to allow the gun able to handle a steady diet of the very ammunition it was chambered in....all because of me!!! Who knew!!!
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Old 07-03-2018, 03:23 PM
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Go ahead and make your day...
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Old 07-03-2018, 04:20 PM
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Why? The pinned barrel & counterbored cylinders in addition to the lustrous deep bluing and the color case hardened hammer and trigger, which were shared with the later -3s.
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Old 07-03-2018, 05:03 PM
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29-3's did not have pinned barrels nor counterbored chambers. They had flush chambers and crush fit barrels.
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:20 PM
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What does it take to win a S&W model 29 on gunbroker ? Bid $1530 on a 29-2 no box or papers and still came up short ? Guess I will keep trying .
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:51 PM
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What does it take to win a S&W model 29 on gunbroker ? Bid $1530 on a 29-2 no box or papers and still came up short ? Guess I will keep trying .


Join the Smith & Wesson Forum and watch and be patient, one will show up sooner or later. Or hit a local Gunshow. Alabama Gun Collectors Association has a show coming up In Hoover Al On July 14 and 15 and usually they show up there pretty often.


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Old 07-05-2018, 10:15 AM
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What does it take to win a S&W model 29 on gunbroker ? Bid $1530 on a 29-2 no box or papers and still came up short ? Guess I will keep trying .
Wow. Maybe I didn't overpaid. Keep looking at local gun shows. GunBroker bidding just drives up prices there.
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:12 AM
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29-3's did not have pinned barrels nor counterbored chambers. They had flush chambers and crush fit barrels.
Deep bluing and color case hardened hammer and trigger are on the -3's
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Old 07-05-2018, 11:56 AM
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Now days it's a 29-10 to duplicate the Dirty Harry gun. Great gun, don't caer for the lock and the hammer thing. I like the old school hammer with the fire pin as part of it. But the new ones are stronger, better cnc machine and such.
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Old 07-05-2018, 01:50 PM
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Deep bluing and color case hardened hammer and trigger are on the -3's
No argument there. Mine was a 29-3.
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Old 07-15-2018, 10:01 AM
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My friend markwell asked me to post these pictures for him, his guns, not mine.

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A couple of 5", yes he said 5"

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Old 07-15-2018, 06:32 PM
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Pretty close...

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Old 07-28-2018, 07:05 AM
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I bought a 29-2 new in 1973... Only a few rounds of factory Magnums ever went through the gun.

My standard load was a home case Lyman/Thompson 215 grain bullet that was running 1250 fps...gun ate up 10K rounds of this load before needing a tuning... Easy on the gun and easy on me.

If you can find a gun made before 1969 you will find that the bluing is MUCH nicer than on later models. Smith changed the bluing process at that time and if you just look at two guns, one before 69 and one after you see no difference...put them next to each other and the difference in the surface shine really stands out...

Don't have any 29s left...everything is now .41 Magnum...have a whole set of 1964 57s that are really nice shooters...

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Old 07-28-2018, 07:32 AM
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I bought mine new in box in 1989ish. It was from Oshmans. 29-2, 4", full factory engraving, presentation box, etc... Have shot many whitetails with it, carried it everywhere and is my favorite wheelgun.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:09 PM
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Amazingly accurate with .44 Spls. and mid-range Mags. and built back when S&W knew how to make DA revolvers that were truly works of Art
Are those good enough reasons?
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