My first wheel gun

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by rjgnwdc, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Well I finally decided on the S&W model 629 Classic 5" barrel, my brother in law was pushing the Ruger SBH and my son in law liked the Taurus Raging Bull, I also consider buying a used Colt Python but when it got down to it I really liked the 629's trigger and overall look and feel in my hand, I ordered it from Buds so my local FFL should get it Thursday and I should be able to pick it up Saturday although that is the 1st New Years Days :eek: so I probably won't get it till Monday, can't hardly wait. I'll post pics and a range report soon afterwards. I'd like to hear some of ya'lls opinions on the 629.
     
  2. Bob Wright

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    The S & W Model 629 is a stainless steel revolver, other than that its an excellent gun. I've got several Model 29s, one 6" and one 5" full lug barrel. I'm sort of partial to the 5" full lug barrel. The weight of the full lug barrel soaks up recoil making the gun more pleasant to shoot with full power loads.

    All of my 29s are fine guns. My oldest gave me many problems, an early model, but returned it to the factory for the endurance package addition, now incorporated into all .44s, and no problem since. I DO push my guns considerable with heavy magnum loads and heavy bullets, and 10,000 rounds is an average mileage in my guns.

    Well, age and finances have slowed me down a bit.

    Bob Wright
     

  3. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Wow great information I do agree with the 5" barrel and the balance it's perfect in my hand and has a great classic look to it.:cool:
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations. Please post pics and a range report when you can.

    I used to have a 629 with the 6.5" barrel and it is one of the few handguns that I really miss.
     
  5. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    I got the 629

    Well its been awhile since I made this post and I don't have the gun today. The gun made it to my FFL dealer on the 30th of Dec. I went to pick it up and I couldn't wait to take her to the range so I get there and the guy who does the FFL transfers asks is this suppose to be a brand new gun, I said the description on the website where I bought it described it as (NIB) he says he didn't think so he thought it was second hand and that I really need to check it out and if I had any doubts don't except it, so I looked and it did appear to have been used quit a bit, the top strap seemed really stained not just dirty the front of the cylinder was the same way and being that I have never bought a stainless steel revolver I couldn't be sure that it was new cause all the ones I looked at in the gun shops were shiney clean so I did not except it. I went back home and called the dealer and told him I was very disappointed with the condition of the gun and did not except it and I wanted it replaced with a brand new one, he told me it was common for Smith & Wesson stainless steel revolvers to be tested before they are shipped and not always cleaned up, I told him I didn't believe that was the case and I wanted another gun sent, so they sent me another and it was very clean in comparison but really not shiney clean but I decided to go ahead and except it. Next day me and a buddy go to the NRA range in Fairfax I bring my 629 and my PX4 Storm in .45acp and a few 100 rounds of both, I start with the .44 first, drop a load in with my new speed loader, pull the hammer back and fire it hits a little left I pull the hammer back second shot a little left of the first shot next shot I cock the hammer and fire and there's nothing I rapidly fire off 3 more and nothing the firing pin appeared jamed half way out, just enough to jam the cylinder shut I pushed and pulled and wiggled the cylinder till it finally opened I could see where the firing pin had struck the 3rd shot but not hard enough to fire and there were no marks on the remaining 3 bullets. So I contacted S&W and they emailed me a FedEx airbill and gave me complete instrution on how to send it back, I got to say those first 2 shots were awesome not all the kick I was expecting it felt very comfortable. I have about a minimum 2 week wait till I get to take her back to the range, hey what are you gonna do, grin and bare it I guess:D here are a few pics
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  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations. :cool:
     
  7. Catfish

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    Real nice guns. I have one with a 4 in. barrel so can tell you your going to love it. It was alittle heaver than I wanted for a ccw so I picked up a 329. It`s as smooth as the 629, but not for those that can`t take alittle recoil.
     
  8. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Shame your having problems. That's a great looking gun. Hope it comes back soon
     
  9. JonM

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    nice shooter there. it is true that s&w test fires them but they dont look like 700 rounds ran through it. typically its only one magazine or 6 shots in the case of revolvers. the guy you got em from prolly selling them as new evn tho he prolly got em trade. lots of used 44mag can look brand spanking new. peeps will buy em fire a cylinder full then go "oh crap i dont like this" and trade it in.

    for a dealer to sell a used gun new is a big no-no and can result in ffl revoke from what i understand.
     
  10. rjgnwdc

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    Got her back today

    Well got her back today not bad service 2 weeks and 1 day, the work order they sent back said they replaced the bushing and the firing pin, I didn't get a chance to get by the range today but I should be able to take off work a little early and test her out... can't wait, I got 500 rounds in while she was being repaired, hopefully I can finally post a report how great she performed rather then what a failure she was.:D
     
  11. colmustard

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    Glad you got it back nice and quick! Hope it will shoot well for you now. Let us know with a range report please.
     
  12. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    Will do, should get by tomorrow
     
  13. BombDoc

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    Great looking wheel. I love the 29 and 629. My 29-3 is one of my favorites. My Dad's 629 Mountain is WAY too light.
     
  14. Ruzai

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    The problem you were having with the firing pin is exactly why I prefer hammer mounted firing pins. I'm envious of the revovler regardless since I've been waiting to get an older 629 in the low dash marks with the hammer mounted firing pin. I just cant find one with a good price tag at the right time.
     
  15. rjgnwdc

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    Thank you, I feel the same way about my 629 and the Mountain when I was looking at them to buy, it was the bulky weight of the "629 Classic" that really sold me on it. Even though I have only fired 2 rounds through her before she broke they felt real good can't wait to get to the range today and put a bunch more through her.
     
  16. rjgnwdc

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    it happened again

    Well I got a chance to get to the range yesterday and was having a great time with the 629, I love the way she reports ahh it feels just right I was alternating between the 629 then my PX4 Storm .45 and then the Bersa Thunder .380 oh it was great fun until my 45th shot the firing pin broke and jammed up just like the last time:mad: Wow I can't believe this has happen again especially after only 44 shots I was using Blazer 240 aluminum cases so I definitely not over taxing the weapon. So I have contacted S&W again, I'm waiting for their reply and FedEx airbill I wrote a letter to them also suggesting they just replace this one with a brand new one because it seems there is more to it then faulty firing pins.. I'll see how that goes. Here are a few pics of the session yesterday. The target on the left is from 15ft and the one on the right is 21ft.
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    I tend to shoot left with everything I shoot, my brother in law says it's anticipation but I think it's my vision I wear glasses that corrects an
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  17. Creeker

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    Stay on them till they fix or replace it. No reason this sixgun shouldn't work.
     
  18. JTJ

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    It is rare for a Smith to break a firing pin but 2 means something else is wrong.
     
  19. rjgnwdc

    rjgnwdc New Member Supporter

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    That's what I am thinking along with a bunch of guys on the Smith & Wesson forum I visit.
     
  20. Ruzai

    Ruzai New Member

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    I'm sorry to hear you are having more trouble than ever should be had with a 629. I certainly hope S&W steps up to the plate this time and actually fixes the problem that's truely wrong with the gun.
    If I had to trouble shoot the gun from what you've given us I'd say there is not enough clearance for the fireing pin to move freely and is what's causing the issues. The firing pin may be oblong and the actual fireing pin hole may be a true circle, of course there's no way to tell until they take it apart.