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beckstactical 10-25-2010 03:41 AM

S&W 29 Classic 5" 44mag
Ok just got a Classic 29 5" 44mag in the store today I bought it from a retiring captain. I can't find much info on it though. I found plenty of 6.5" and 4" barrel but no 5". Anybody got an idea about this piece?

CA357 10-25-2010 04:03 AM

Is it one of the new "Classics" with the lock above the cylinder release? If not, open the cylinder and inside the frame at the crane end will be a number. It will read 29 dash something or possibly just 29. That will help us out.

beckstactical 10-25-2010 04:27 AM

29-5 is what is on the inside of the frame. Thanks for the info

CA357 10-25-2010 04:35 AM

Okay, now I need the serial number. You can leave out the last two digits for privacy. I have the book right in front of me. :cool:

beckstactical 10-25-2010 04:52 AM

The serial # is BKA91**

CA357 10-25-2010 05:41 AM

As best I can tell, Model 29-5's date between '91 through '94. I can't find that exact BKA prefix, but my best guess is it was probably manufactured around Aug. 1991 - Feb. 1992.

There's not a zillion of them, but they're not that rare either. Price is determined by what a buyer will pay. I hope this helps a bit.

If I'm wrong, would someone please correct me. Thanks.

beckstactical 10-25-2010 10:56 AM

Thanks, I wasn't sure but now I can move foward with that info.

robocop10mm 10-25-2010 02:34 PM

The 5" is probably the most scarce of all the lengths. 3" would be a close 2nd. I have several N-Frames in 4" and 6". The 5" is supposed to be the best compromise between portability, accuracy, velocity and controllability.

beckstactical 10-25-2010 02:59 PM

I appreciate that info. I'm not sure if I will sell it or buy it myself, either way couldn't pass up the price.

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