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This is a discussion on Pawn Shop Find within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Yeah several of us did. This one is a 4" however but in my research I learned that the 4" barrel in this model, while ...

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    Yeah several of us did. This one is a 4" however but in my research I learned that the 4" barrel in this model, while not rare, seems to be uncommon, especially one with the full underlug.

    I will however have to pay it off over a couple of months. I'm actually reconsidering leaving it at 4" now though because I really do like 4" barrels for ease of shooting. I started another thread asking about what to holster it in because it's only 1/16" longer than my 686, and truthfully the N frame doesn't feel gigantic to me at all. I've been playing around with my 686 in a Mika's IWB Holster to see if I could carry a 4"er. I found in that in weak side cross draw carry it's actually tolerable and almost comfortable in that cheap holster. I began to wonder, if I spent that $110 it would cost me to shorten the barrel on some good gunleather(or kydex maybe) instead, could it work?

    I think a good holster in lieu of altering the gun itself might work well here. This is really not going to be my main CCW as my lifestyle just doesn't support it. I was looking for something I would like to carry two days of the week and for when I go visit the relations out in the sticks, and the rest of the time it would just be a lot of fun to have.

    If it ever became workable for me to go armed in more places more often, I'll invest in something else that's not so off the wall. Plus the barrel on this one is the full underlug design like my 686 has, and in addition to looking good I bet it's easier to shoot. It might not work out as a carry piece but truthfully as a self styled revolver guy I need a decent .44 Magnum anyway.

    If nothing else it'd be a great gun if I can ever find some events I'd like to participate in because 4" is the maximum length anyway in most of this stuff. It can be loaded mild or hot, and it's got a few little touches only someone who pays attention to guns could fully appreciate. The forged trigger is something I like just for its cool factor.

    I'm a walking contradiction. I hate having so many different calibers to keep up with but I like so many different calibers.


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    I also found a 3" Smith 65 round butt at Kittery for 255.00 I looked at it and it felt very tight with the usualy wear associated with a gun of that age.. I also found that Kittery WILL send pix of weapons you're interested in.......just need to contact them, and they will send..

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    I posted this in another thread, but maybe you can help me on a decision.. it's a 629-5 3" Rnd butt.. FIXED sights.anybody ever see one before? I think I'm going to snag it .the price is 425.00.. wonder what ya think..

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    You can't tell it but the 686 is clean and the 629 is still sorta dirty, which I will remedy in short order. The hammer and trigger look like MIM in the picture it's so dirty (they're actually forged if you rub some of the gunk off).

    The 629 may need a visit to the gunsmith for a tune up, but every initial examination indicates it's ready to fire. It's just dirty with very little signs of any kind of wear or tear.

    I'm surprised by how relatively light the trigger is, and I'm assuming there's been no custom work on this gun as there is no sign of any. Then again I am an awful judge of how light or heavy a trigger is. Most semiautomatic triggers feel uncomfortably light to me, and I don't see what the big deal is about Ruger triggers.

    It seems large and heavy until you actually grab it. It's surprisingly compact and light, relatively speaking. I admit it's not something I'd want to shoot hot magnum loads out of, but I intend to stick to .44 Specials and light loads and I think it will handle those very well indeed.

    It's very comfortable and it points well. It's not as well balanced as the K or L frame but it's very confidence inspiring and comfortable.

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    Euc........
    That's a REALLY NICE pair ya got there!! Got me lusting for a L Frame now (I've had several in 2.5, 4, and 6 inch) I've always enjoyed the L and N frame guns!! they look sooooooo cool in the heavy lug BBls.They feel well balanced and absorb the recoil well ........We're on a roll here!! we need more big bore pix. !! Got a good thread going, and sharing Fav handloads for hunting, targets, and defense would be good to keep it going very well..

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    Thanks Class3.

    Yeah I think I'm going to enjoy the France out of this gun. It's going to take some time to get it where it's serviceable and I'm going to have to put it through its paces first.

    I like the Mountain Gun pattern too but I think for appearance sake you're right about the full length underlugs. I'm going to step off of handguns for a while and spend the money on classes, holsters, and practice ammo. I have plans to get my mitts on some better long guns, and I do need to get around to a reloading press some day, the sooner the better. All in good time. Arsenals aren't built in a day on a public educator's salary!

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    LOL...neither are they (the arsenals) made on a PI's wages. It does help when you've been a FFL and 03 Dealer LOL......and with some VERY lucky timing too

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    On the bright side I just sprayed the sucker down with Break Free. My Lord it stinks.

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    Smith 629-4

    Euclidean, I bought a Model 29 six inch about 1977 from a Larimer County (Colo) deputy sheriff. It had an action job and the wooden box. I paid $295.00. I reload for it and find the the older I get the less powder those cases will hold. I still load some of Elmer Keith's favorite loads, a 250 gr. hard cast SWC over 22 gr. of 2400, but just don't go shooting them for fun. I have played a little with 210 gr. SWC cast bullets over 4.5 gr of Win 231 for indoor targets but they're a little weak, and I prefer the .45 ACP. I like the 29 and wouldn't get rid of it unless I was really in need of money. It's a great revolver. Also had two Ruger Blackhawks, an old model and a new model. Sold the new model rather quickly and kept the old. I don't shoot it, just like having it. Also had a TC Contender with standard 10" barrel. Sure was hard on my thumb and wrist. If I was looking for another .44 I would buy a Smith stainless, probably with 4" bbl.

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    Well I took it out today and fired some .44 Magnum catridges, Remington 180 grain loads and some Winchester 240 grain loads. Nothing special or fancy.

    This being my first time out with the gun I set up at the 7 yard line. It was a nice Satuday afternoon and lots of nice people were out shooting. I called a cease fire and posted targets.

    To the left of me were a legion of people firing Wonder Nines.

    To the right of me were a legion of people firing Wonder Nines.

    There were so many Glocking Glocks I wanted to Glocking Glock their Glocks up their Glocking Glocks. Glocking Glocks. Glock 'em!

    I started with my 642. I always try to put one box through it every time I go to the range even though it's hard to shoot because I carry it the most often. I was doing flinch drills, so it went:

    bang bang bang click bang bang bang

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    bang bang bang bang bang bang bang

    down the firing line at random for about 30 minutes. Brass was flying everywhere and I almost lost my footing slipping on other people's brass. Plus my target looked sad as I was using a 10 ring style target instead of a police qualification target like everyone else.

    So out comes the 629.

    BANG. In the sea of Wondernines a lone revolver is heard. And its flash seen.

    The gentleman to my left jumped and uttered the phrase "God d### that's loud..."

    And I began to grin.

    After firing five, count 'em five shots, myself and a nice middle aged couple had the firing line all to ourselves. They were snickering too.

    I have one word that describes the performance of this gun: Confidence inspiring. My first 5 shots were way off in the 4 and 5 rings. I adjusted the sights and shot #6 squarely planted itself in the 9 ring.

    I have to say this is a very accurate gun. It is so relatively easy to aim and shoot. I shot a fairly tight group, and another one, and another one. For my first time firing this gun and this caliber it was very encouraging.

    Ran like a top. I did get a small blister on my trigger finger but nothing significant. I am pleased with its performance.

    I learned three things: #1. I should have bought a .44 Magnum a long time ago. This is so much fun it's crazy. #2. 180 grain loads were somewhat controllable but 240 grain wasn't. Even the lighter load produced a magnificent flash and a thunderous boom, which I quite enjoyed but I wouldn't want to do that indoors or in the dark. #3. I bet it handles very well at speed with .44 Special. The felt recoil was very little, so with a .44 Special load it should be very quick to make follow up shots. I was thinking about new grips but when I actually used the grips today I changed my mind.

    Too early to say, but early indicators are very good. I may even have a new favorite.

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    Ohhhhhh Don't you just LOVE IT!! Especially when your revolver goes BOOOOM! around all those litle "bangs"........I love it when I get a responce like what you got from your co- shooters.. They have a tendency to move far away, giving you a wide berth to get it on1 You should have just told them you were using a "light special load" just like Clint Eastwood tols the guys at the range in the movie Magnum Force. VERY controlable, and yet VERY impresive. Way to go Euc! <high five to ya>

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    Its amazing in a sea of wondernines how a 41 44 45 colt loaded to a real load and a 454 can empty the range man its great

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    You Becha Bud !!
    Don't ya love it when people just back off, and stare at you in amazment when you touch off a few rounds. THEN you say to them "here, try a few rounds, it won't bite" but be sure to hang on, cuz you're in for a ride!! I LOVED doing that with my Ruger S BH 44Mag 7.5 inch. Thye always were amazed at the recoil, especially with 23 GRs of 2400 powder with a 265 Gr hornady FP bullet LOL

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    Now what's funny is that the guy who complained about the noise saw me in the store afterwards. I was shopping for some .44 snap caps and he asked me all about it.

    Turns out he was a brand new shooter. The guy sure is ambitious. He's only been at it 2 months. Never ever had a gun of any kind before and has a Glock 29 and some kind of Steyr and a Glock 19 already.

    The man had never seen anyone actually shoot a revolver before. He had no idea how to even load one.

    Oh yes we talked for a few minutes. Rodney, the range safety officer/attendent/salesman, successfully convinced him to rent one and try it.

    Real nice guy, just grew up in a home without guns and decided that he believes in an armed populace. I hope I didn't scare him off.

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    ive tried no one will take me up on the 454 though

    I had some barn burners a uncles friend loaded and shot them though my ruger holy cow did they flash and boom made a guy drop his glock next to me

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