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Medic2002 12-09-2010 07:09 PM

S&W 629 vs S&W 629-1
I'm looking into getting a 44 mag. I've found a 629 with no dash for $675 and a 629-1 for $500. The person selling the 629 is telling me that it is a better gun than the -1, so I was trying to decide which to buy. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thx!

spittinfire 12-09-2010 07:27 PM

There really isn't much difference unless you are collecting. If you just want a shooter buy the cheaper one.

Medic2002 12-09-2010 07:31 PM

Thx! Will do ;-)

Missileman 12-09-2010 07:41 PM

The major differences are that to save costs with the 629-1 S&W dropped the pinned barrel and no longer recessed the cylinders, items that were standard on the 629. Many shooters believed this is a weakened design, and it was somewhat proven to be in silhouette competition. I don't believe there were a lot of this model made before S&W made improvements with the 629-2.
Short answer, yes, I believe the 629 is a better revolver to have than the 629-1 IMHO.

Medic2002 12-09-2010 07:45 PM

So would you spend the extra 175 for it?

spittinfire 12-09-2010 07:48 PM

Was the 629 ever pinned a recessed? I thought the 29 had it but the 629 didn't. My 629-1 is pinned but not recessed.

Missileman 12-09-2010 08:54 PM

According to what I've seen and read from S&W the original 629 was both pinned and recessed, but the 629-1 was neither pinned nor recessed. Maybe you have an interim between the two?

As far as whether it's worth $175 more I guess that depends on how hard you will use it--probably the normal shooter (not a silhouette competitor) wouldn't see a difference. I've always liked recessed chambers, but that's just a personal prefernce and not grounded in anything otherwise--I do think the pinned barrel is an advantage though...

spittinfire 12-09-2010 09:03 PM

I'm going to check into this some more when I get home. I also like the recessed cylinder like on my S&W 19 and Blackhawk but I've never had a single issue with my 629 which is not recessed. I personally can't see spending $175 more for that.

spittinfire 12-10-2010 01:47 AM

I was 629-1 is neither pinnned, nor recessed. Sorry!

jackg 12-11-2010 07:09 PM

Does S&W use the old "Bait & Switch" plan? They introduce a Model 29 ( for example) and it's reputation is established over a period of time because it has all the bells and whistles available, cutting edge technology as they say. Then, after a while, they start to cut costs of the very popular model by not recessing the cylinder or pinning the barrel and re-issue the model as a 29-1, then -2 and so on?
Is that how they work? It seems that way to me because most dash models don't carry the value of the no dash models.

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