Smith & Wesson Model 629

Description

The Smith and Wesson Model 629 is a revolver chambered in .44 Mag. and .44 Special. The 629 is actually an updated version of the iconic Model 29 (or the Dirty Harry gun). Features a single-action/double-action trigger and all-stainless steel construction with a matte finish. The 629 employs a dovetail red ramp front sight and an adjustable white outline rear sight. It is available in a variety of barrel lengths. S&W recommends the 629 for recreational shooting, hunting and personal protection.

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Specifications

2.6" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic/black
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable white outline rear sight with Dovetail ramp front sight
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Size:Medium
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
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Weight:2.5 pounds
Barrel Length:2.625"
Length:7.625"
6.5" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic/black
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable white outline rear sight with red ramp front sight
Features:Original model
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
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Weight:3 pounds
Barrel Length:6.5"
Length:12"
7.5" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable rear sight with ramp front sight
Features:Muzzle-brake
Action:Revolver
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Slide Material:Stainless steel
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Weight:3.6 pounds
Barrel Length:7.5"
Length:14"
4" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic/black
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable white outline rear sight with red ramp front sight
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Website:http://www.smith-wes…
Weight:2.6 pounds
Barrel Length:4"
Length:9.63"
5" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic/black
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable white outline rear sight with red ramp front sight
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Website:http://www.smith-wes…
Weight:2.8 pounds
Barrel Length:5"
Length:10.5"
6" Barrel
Caliber:.44 Mag.
.44 Special
Grip:Synthetic/black
Capacity:6
Sights:Adjustable white outline rear sight with red ramp front sight
Features:Underbarrel rail
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/satin
Size:Large
Trigger:Single-action/double-action
Website:http://www.smith-wes…
Weight:2.8 pounds
Barrel Length:6"
Length:11.6"
MSRP$949.00

Editor Review

There are a few iconic revolvers - ones which almost everyone has heard of, whether or not they know much of anything about guns. The “Dirty Harry” .44 Magnum is one such firearm. Those of us in the know call it the Smith & Wesson Model 29, with its related stainless steel version, the Model 629. There is also a lighter weight version called the 329 Night Guard, which has a Scandium Alloy frame, but that deserves a separate review.

The 29/629 is no longer "the most powerful handgun in the world" as it was characterized in Dirty Harry. But full-house .44 Magnum loads are still extremely powerful - more than a handful for most shooters. The Model 29/629 helps make the power manageable, thanks to the large, heavy (40 ounces for the short barrel versions to 56 for the longer ones) frame and stout construction.

Dating back to the 1950's, the Model 29/629 is an old school revolver, which has only seen minor tweaks over the years because it has proven to be a good, workable design. The modern versions offered by Smith & Wesson do have a Red Ramp front sight (a high-visibility plastic insert) and an adjustable rear sight. The fit and finish is excellent, and they lock up tight even after years of use. Depending on what you want, you can get the 29/629 with wood or synthetic grips, and there are plenty of after-market options available for anyone who wants to personalize their handgun. If you intend on shooting a lot of full-power .44 Magnum loads, I would recommend getting the synthetic grip for better handling and to absorb recoil.



It's currently offered in barrel lengths of 2.625", 3", 4", 5", 6.5" and 7.5", and also a “V-Comp” which has a 5" barrel plus a detachable compensator. Previously it has been offered in a barrel lengths over 10". They are all large frame (N) revolvers in .44 Magnum, which can also shoot .44 Special. The cylinder holds 6 rounds.

The trigger on all of these guns I’ve had the pleasure to shoot are good if not excellent. In single action, the trigger was light, in double action appropriately harder but not at all difficult.

To get the most out of your Model 29/629, go with at least a 4" barrel. Magnum loads benefit more from longer barrels, and the extra weight and better sight picture also argue for a longer barrel. A handgun with this large a frame is not going to be very suitable for concealed-carry anyway, so you might as well have a decent length barrel for the other benefits. The “V-Comp” - a compensator which directs the escape of gas in a “v” shape up from the end of the barrel - helps to control muzzle rise (or ‘flip’) after each shot, but otherwise does not change the felt recoil of the gun. To be honest, I don’t find it that helpful, given the weight of the gun already.



If you’re wanting to just do light target practice, shooting down-loaded .44 Magnum cartridges or just .44 Special cartridges will do the trick. For hunting or defense against large animals, there are plenty of different loads available depending on the game in question. As noted before, this is not really a concealed-carry gun, but use as a home defense gun would argue for good .44 Special Jacketed Hollow Points (JHPs) to minimize the risk of over-penetration of walls.

The Model 29/629 is a classic, and is probably a safe bet for anyone who wants a large bore handgun for anything other than concealed-carry. They’re guns which hold up well, and have historically held their value, even with a MSRP of $1,000 and more.