In January 1972 less than a month after it premiered I saw the movie Dirty Harry on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA. From that day I wanted, craved, nay - coveted a Model 29. I have had several opportunities to buy one, but something, usually lack of funds, has interferred. A few weeks ago a friend mentioned that he had a 29-6. I asked if I could try it and he brought it over and left it with me.
Unlike the original this 29 Classic has the full length lug, but it is in near perfect shape and was purchsed new by my friend in 1993. He originally thought he might like to do some handgun hunting, but after firing his first cylinder of Hornady hollow points put the gun up and never fired it again. Well it has been fired quite a few more times now. After shooting it I asked if he wanted to sell it and he said he was willing to. I told him that I have a rifle on order and it would be after it came in before I could buy it if that was okay. He said that he had held it for 16 years a little longer wasn't a problem and to keep it and shoot it.
He has been looking for a good not too expensive over and under 20 ga. to buy for his daughter and a few days after his telling me to keep the 29 I found a very good price on a Remington ISP 310 and told him about it. He looked at the ad and told me that if I wanted to get one of the shotguns he would trade me the 29 for it. I told him that the Model 29 was worth a good bit more than the shotgun. He said he would be happy to make the trade anyway. So I called a dealer friend to see if he could get me one of the shotguns. He called back a couple of days later and said that he could not get the one I wanted, but he could get the same shotgun with the receiver engraved for less money. I went ahead and ordered one. I explained to my friend that now I was buying the shotgun for even less money and tried to get him to let me pay him some extra. He refused. So yesterday I picked up the shotgun and we were all surprised how nice it was. The wood was beautiful and the engraving was excellent. It had a duck landing on a pond on one side and a pheasant taking off on the other. The action and the barrels were great. So I traded a new 20 ga. over and under that cost me considerably less than $400 for a Smith & Wesson Model 29-6 "29 Classic" with 6 rounds fired through it. Today he brought me a belt carrier with two HKS model 29 speed loaders and a 20 round box of Hornady Custom 240 gr. JHP/XTP containing 14 rounds.
They shot the shotgun yesterday afternoon and both he and his daughter are very pleased. He is happy with what he got for the Smith. I am ecstatic about having the Model 29 and for getting it at such a bargain price. I guess this is the way we are both supposed to feel when we have gotten just what we wanted out of a trade.
By the way the Model 29 shoots to point of aim and is a pleasure to shoot for about a dozen rounds. Then you want to shoot something both lighter and with a bit less recoil.