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Old 11-16-2010, 04:18 PM   #1
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I'm looking into getting a S&W 29 as a carry piece. I'm 6'1",255, so I think I can pull it off. The thing is, I would like a 2.5" or 3" barrel. Has anyone here had any experience firing one with such a short barrel. I understand they can be rather brutal in the recoil department, and the muzzle blast is nothing short of a nuke going off in your face. Any truth to this?

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I'm looking into getting a S&W 29 as a carry piece. I'm 6'1",255, so I think I can pull it off. The thing is, I would like a 2.5" or 3" barrel. Has anyone here had any experience firing one with such a short barrel. I understand they can be rather brutal in the recoil department, and the muzzle blast is nothing short of a nuke going off in your face. Any truth to this?
Simple answer is yes.

Even short barreled .357s can be a challenge to shoot well with hot ammo...
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Dirty Harry notwithstanding, recoil and muzzle flash (ESPECIALLY at night) limit usefullness as a combat weapon. First shot is impressive. Now try a double tap.

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I shot a Model 29 with an 8" barrel and a 6" barrel on Sunday and they were both ***** cats with .44spcl loads in em. When you put in a mag hot round, 185gr. pushing 1600fps, they were both a hand full! I would think that a 3" barrel with the spcl rounds in the cylinder would be more than adequate for self defense and very manageable to shoot. 240gr. bullet moving 1000fps will do some serious Van Damage!

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I would go with a 4" barrel. That N frame cylinder is going to be the concealment issue. Most of us would look like we were stealing watermelons.

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Ya,I'm hoping my side fat will take care of that.

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The 29 and 629 were made with 3" barrels for Lew Horton. I had a 3" 657 that was impressive, but manageable.

IMHO a 4" would be just as concealable. Full house Mags are not that bad unless you are a girlie-man.

The best part is the first round illuminates your target very well.

Pro-Load used to make a .44 Magnum "Tactical Light" load. 200gr Gold Dot at 1000 fps. Very manageable recoil and a bit more oomph than the .44 Spl.

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The best part is the first round illuminates your target very well.
First shot to light up the target, second shot for efffect!!
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I also like big bore guns. I have a 629 with a 4 in barrel that shoots great and I love. I have carried it, but much prefer the 329 PD. It also has a 4 in barrel but the weight of it is more like that of a .357. It has more recoil than most people want, but I like to know when a gun goes off myself. I would recomand you shoot a 329 before you buy one. You will eather love it or hate it.

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I have an Anaconda in 4 inch which still blasts pretty good but more manageable that a shorter barrel. I don't think concealing it is any more difficult than a shorter one, its the frame size that makes it tough not just an extra inch or two of barrel.

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