Smith & Wesson Model 29 44 Magnum Revolver

Smith & Wesson Model 29 44 Magnum Revolver

Written by Mike Cumpston and edited by David Barth, September 29, 2008

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Smith & Wesson Model 29s
These are two Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 magnum revolvers. These guns use .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a powerful, six-shot, double-action revolver chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge, manufactured by the U.S. company, Smith & Wesson. It was made famous by and is still most often associated with the Dirty Harry series of films starring Clint Eastwood.

The Model 29 was offered with 4 inch (102mm), 5 inch (127mm), 6-1/2 inch (165mm), 8-3/8 inch (211mm), and 10 5/8 inch (269mm) barrel lengths as standard models. Other barrel lengths are available either by special order from Smith & Wesson's Custom Shop or custom built by gunsmiths. The 5 inch barreled variant had a full length underlug. Finish options available included a highly polished blued (Model 29) or nickel-plated (Model 629) surface. A "6" that precedes the "29" indicates a stainless steel Model 29.

The Model 29 is Double-action, holds six cartridges in a round, swing-out cylinder, and has a 3-dot, adjustable rear sight. The .44 Magnum was developed from the .44 Special. It can shoot .44 caliber magnum or .44 caliber special cartridges. The Magnum case is slightly longer to carry more propellant.

The Model 29, based on S&W's N (large) revolver frame, was first introduced in 1955. It remained primarily the province of handgun enthusiasts, some law enforcement personnel and hunters until 1971, when Clint Eastwood reportedly made it famous as "the most powerful handgun in the world" in the movie Dirty Harry. It was also mentioned in the popular film Taxi Driver in 1974 and James Bond film, Live and Let Die in 1973.

Although the Model 29 has never been the most powerful handgun in the world as stated in the movie, the Model 29 was among the most powerful at the time, at least as far as commercially available weapons go. Whether the phrase from the movie is an accurate statement when it was made is subjective to several factors such as overall terminal ballistics, external ballistics, or some combination of other factors. After the movie's release Smith & Wesson production could not keep up with the demand for the Model 29.

Although at the time of its introduction, the model 29 was the most powerful production handgun. There were, a number of custom, or wildcat, calibers that were more powerful. As in the old Howdah pistols of the 19th cenury, the .44 magnum was designed by Elmer Keith to be a sidearm for hunters of large, dangerous game. It was never intended for self defense, though with today's specialty cartridges, it can be a good defensive round.

In the late 1990s, Smith & Wesson discontinued production of many models of revolvers, including the 'basic' Model 29. Since then, at various times, the model 29, in limited or 'custom' configurations, haS been manufactured.
  • On January 1, 2007, Smith & Wesson announced the reissue of the Model 29 as an engraved model in S&W's Classics line.
  • At the 2008 SHOT show, Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 629 Stealth Hunter, a Performance Center custom hunting gun, stainless steel, as indicated by the "6" prefix to the "29."
On January 26, 2006 Smith & Wesson announced the 50th Anniversary Model 29. On February 29 2008, Smith & Wesson announced the 44-magnum stealth-hunter revolver and the Smith & Wesson Model 629 Night Hunter.
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition. Note the custom muzzle port to reduce recoil. The original, orange front sight insert was damaged and replaced by a light green insert.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition. Note the custom muzzle port to reduce recoil.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition. Note the custom muzzle port to reduce recoil.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition. Note the custom muzzle port that reduces recoil.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition.


Smith & Wesson Model 29-3
Smith & Wesson Model 29-3 .44 magnum revolver. This gun uses .44 caliber ammunition. Note the custom muzzle port that reduces recoil.