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Old 02-29-2020, 06:50 PM
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A Model 29 for 2/29!

This is probably my most expensive impulse purchase ever. I found one of my bucket list handguns at a LGS today, an early pinned & recessed, 6.5" Smith & Wesson Model 29. It's a no-dash so it must be late 1950s as best I can tell (S218xxx). Condition is about 95% or so, excellent overall with just some slight holster and cylinder wear. Sorry for the lousy pic, but it's very dark and stormy today so glamour shots will have to wait.



Looks like I'll have to get a Colt Python next year as this one pretty much blew my gun fund clear out of the water.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:16 PM
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I will bet it did!

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Looks like I'll have to get a Colt Python next year as this one pretty much blew my gun fund clear out of the water.
Still that is a good score. I do not think that you will regret it.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:32 PM
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That is a wonderful find.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:40 PM
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One of my favorites. Congratulations!!!
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Old 02-29-2020, 09:27 PM
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This is probably my most expensive impulse purchase ever. I found one of my bucket list handguns at a LGS today, an early pinned & recessed, 6.5" Smith & Wesson Model 29. It's a no-dash so it must be late 1950s as best I can tell (S218xxx). Condition is about 95% or so, excellent overall with just some slight holster and cylinder wear. Sorry for the lousy pic, but it's very dark and stormy today so glamour shots will have to wait.



Looks like I'll have to get a Colt Python next year as this one pretty much blew my gun fund clear out of the water.

Nice.
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:13 PM
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As Gunny Ermey would say, "Outstanding!"

A 6.5", P&R M29 is a fine thing to be sure. Miss mine.
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:28 PM
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You should Feel Lucky.
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:46 PM
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I do, and I'm not even a punk!

Actually the moment I felt I won the lottery was when I had them look up the approximate manufacturing date, and we found it was C&R eligible so I didn't have to go through the 10-day waiting period. I always keep a spare copy of my C&R in my car for, well... emergencies.
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Old 03-01-2020, 12:33 AM
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You can't not buy that gun when you see it in the store. Did you get the box?
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Old 03-01-2020, 04:23 AM
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Nice buy. Enjoy
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:42 AM
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Congrats DSK. I know from past posts that was on your ‘get’ list. They’re a blast to shoot.
First thing I did after I got mine a few months back.
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Old 03-01-2020, 07:58 AM
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Very Nice...If I found one like that you bet I would snatch it up...
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:02 AM
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Nice find.

According to my resources it was made late 1960 or early 1961.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:21 AM
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Great catch.
Internetlings get all misty eyed over a 29-2 and anything "pinned and recessed."
My generation was looking for five screw guns (very scarce), putting up with four screw guns, and turning up our noses at three screw variants.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:37 AM
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Excellent purchase.
Mine was the 8&3/8” barrel
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:55 AM
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You can't not buy that gun when you see it in the store. Did you get the box?
No box unfortunately. The good news though is that it doesn't appear to have been fired much despite the holster wear on the outside. I did the usual cleaning and inspection last night and found all the screws loose and the action dry as a bone inside. A little oil and the action is now as slick as snot, with a butter-smooth DA pull and feather-light SA pull. I can see now why a lot of folks say the older Smiths were just as good as any Colt Python.
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Old 03-01-2020, 11:16 AM
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You don't say.

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My generation was looking for five screw guns (very scarce), putting up with four screw guns, and turning up our noses at three screw variants.
I thought that they were riveting guns together back then.
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No highjack here, but,
What type of pistol pouch,rug, case do most of you transport longer barreled handguns in?
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Old 03-01-2020, 12:51 PM
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Nice 29..
Looks like about a 1961 production.
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Very nice find. Release your inner Dirty Harry.
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Old 03-01-2020, 02:51 PM
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Beautiful gun, congratulations

Found that list while searching about my recently acquired 29-2



https://www.northeastshooters.com/xe...e-a-s-w.68254/
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Old 03-01-2020, 03:34 PM
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No box unfortunately. The good news though is that it doesn't appear to have been fired much despite the holster wear on the outside. I did the usual cleaning and inspection last night and found all the screws loose and the action dry as a bone inside. A little oil and the action is now as slick as snot, with a butter-smooth DA pull and feather-light SA pull. I can see now why a lot of folks say the older Smiths were just as good as any Colt Python.

You are making me even more jealous.
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Awesome find. I would of done the same even if I had to purchase it with plastic. I'm certain you will never regret it.
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Old 03-01-2020, 10:59 PM
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The fact a made in 1960-61 made firearms is C&R eligible makes me feel old. Then again, a lot of things make me feel old anymore.
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Old 03-02-2020, 12:35 AM
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Hello
Purchased this Smith 29-2 in 1979, 8 3/8 with wood presentation box, new. Still have and it has accounted for it’s share of Whitetails in Michigan. That gun will go to my son. It has been Mag na ported also has Mag na port’s SS metalife applied ( Hard chrome). This was done in the mid 80’s. Original grips and tools are in the box. Now has great Sambar Stag on it.
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