While I was at a local gun shop a few weeks back, I noticed a S&W model 29 Classic (4-inch barrel, nickel finish, nice rich wood grips) in the case. It was really calling out to me (at $770.00). I would have loved to use my tax return on it but I had old bills to pay and new tires to buy for my truck!
Well, I went back there a couple of days ago and just in case it was still there (it was!) I took my model 386PD (2.5 inch barrel, 17.5 ounce black finish Scandium frame, 7-shot Titanium cylinder, CTC laser grips. It even has its own lockable aluminum sided carry case!) with me to see how much they would give me in trade on the 29. I bought the 386PD way back in 2001 and carried it for a while, but it has been replaced by my Glocks as preferred carry guns. Now the 386PD has become a safe queen. It still looks brand new. I have another Smith .357 (model 620, also 7-shot but Stainless Steel) that is used more as a target shooter or sidearm while in the deer woods. But I would love to add the legendary model 29 to my collection. The owner of the shop looked over my revovler and after a few minutes offered me $650.00 for it including the CTC grips. I have about $800.00 in it counting the original purchase price plus the cost of laser grips.
My question is as stated above...Should I make the trade or not? With a kid finishing his first year in college and the economy as it is, keeping the 386PD and saving for the 29 is probably not an option. But the 386PD is a neat looking revolver that was only produced from 2001-2005. It could become a valuable commodity years down the road.
What would you all do?