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When I did a search I see that Bud White sold one and ccw had one as his first gun....
 

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That would probably be me.

It is a 629 though. I am still on a quest for the 3" 29.

As soon as sweater weather arrives I go to a 3" 629 or a 3" 624. Strong side OWB 3:30 o'clock.

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I'd love a 3" also!!! I have tho carried my 4" ... it fits the same rig as I use with M28-2. Quite a lot of gun to tote but - somehow ''reassuring'' to have on board! :wink:


 

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Where does one find a 3" 629 precisely? God I'd love to have one.
They are fairly uncommon. It took me over a year to find one. Of course once I purchased mine there were 3-4 more for sale. Just how it goes. They seem to come up in groups. Now the 3" Model 29 is even less common, and I have yet to find one when I have the funds to make the purchase.

I do have spies at all the "local" gun shops keeping an eye out for guns I'm interested in. This has worked well for me so far. Basically I get a call that something has arrived, I get a description and if I'm serious about it I'll ask if they can hold it until a specific time. Then I go look at it and if it's what I want I'll buy it. If it isn't I'll release it. This benefit is the one thing I'll likely miss when I move.

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Probably just either didn't have the right phrase, or didn't look close enough at the results.
Anyways, I've got one on hold and was looking for holster/carry options...this ain't your average mouse gun
 

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I use a Galco belt and a S&W holster that was part of the Lew Horton Package in 1985. A good belt is key to carrying this somewhat heavy gun. The holster is more of a personal choice, mine came with the gun so I use itr and like it so far.

BTW I rarely carry magnum loads. Mostly 44 special. Shoots very well.

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Lew Horton Distributors had a 3 in Smith 29 round butt run made for them.I do know they are out there, as I got a 3 in 629 round butt from them. I sold it to my Son's Godfather, who still has it. I think I sold it to him at Dealer cost back in 1989 for 359.00 Gawd.now you have me wanting one again.....IF I could find it..
 

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Scratchy,

Send me the S/N in a PM and I may be able to tell you potentially which of the 3" -3 runs it was in. If you have the box with the product code I can tell you without a doubt which model it is. Mine is a -1 from the 1985 Lew Horton Distributing run.

The -3 version covers 4 years and there were different runs each year. You didn't mention if it has an integrated compensator, which would remove the Carry Comp and Carry Comp II models. If it has a fluted cylinder then it is probably a Backpacker model. If the cylinder is unfluted then it could be one of the others to include the Classic Hunter I and Classic Hunter II made for Lew Horton Distributing in 1992.

There was also a 2 5/8 inch barrelled Performance Center run of 300 in 1999.

I carry mine under a light jacket or shirt and in cooler weather under a coat or sweater. I also have the 624 in 44 Special, a 27 in 357 magnum and a 610 in 10mm/40 S&W that are all 3" and use the same carry holster. I am hoping to add the 3" barrel 24, 29, 625 and 657 to my collection in the future. Some of the 2 5/8 in Performance Center models are on my nice to have list, but they are a bit spendy for my collection.

-Scott-

Here are some pictures:



 

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That carries a 3" SW model 29? Search didn't give me squat.
You want something you can't find? Check these guys out!
http://www.bowenclassicarms.com/Default.htm They do conversions. I'd love to have some of their stuff...if a really POOR high school teacher like me could afford it!
 

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I rarely carry magnum loads. Mostly 44 special. Shoots very well.-Scott-
That's pretty much what (IIRC) "Dirty" Harry Callahan said to new partner Tyne Daly in THE ENFORCER and she replied: "SO you like the PENETRATION?" LOL
 

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Ah Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. Makes me want to get out the DVD and watch them all again. We were quoting Dirty Harry just last night in fact. I believe it was after I fessed up to some other folks I know who carry that I like to carry a 44. :biggrin:

I left out the 696 (44 Special), because it is an L-Frame versus an N-Frame S&W. Here is a picture of them as a group. Top is the 696 moving clockwise is the 27, 610, 624 and 629. Enjoy.

My wife just asked if we were taking them all out with us in a few minutes when we go shopping. Since I only have one holster for the group I guess I have to pick one. :biggrin:

-Scott-

 

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I am wondering: With the weight of these guns, and having no barrel to act as a counterweight/anchor, are we pretty much limited to thumb break holsters? I took a look at a couple Galco belt holsters, but they didn't do much for me. That, and I'd prefer a non-break if possible. Or maybe even a shoulder rig(though I question my flexibility/dexterity to get in and out of one).
 

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I left out the 696 (44 Special), because it is an L-Frame versus an N-Frame S&W. Here is a picture of them as a group. Top is the 696 moving clockwise is the 27, 610, 624 and 629. Enjoy.
Nice group, though I think the -27 needs some company:biggrin:
 

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The thumb break holster is the holster these came with in 1985. I was fortunate enough to find it with the gun. So I use it. It works well for me so I haven't really gone shopping for a new one. I am not a fan of shoulder rigs, so I can't comment on how they might work. I have a friend who uses a shoulder rig and likes it. He also carries a J-Frame revolver versus a N-Frame in a straight drop shoulder holster.

I agree that the M27 needs some 3" barrel company. It has company in the 4" barrel group. A M28 and a M29 Elmer Keith Commemorative. Other blued guns are my M29 Classic Hunter and M25 125th Anniversary 45 LC. You have one of my two Holy Grail guns in your 3" M29 (200 made in 1985). I would also love to get an S prefix M21 or pre-21. I will be working on these in 2006.

I'm moving to Missouri in August and will not be able to purchase a handgun for 6 months. Odd law, but at least MO recognizes my CHP from VA after I move. The other option was Kansas, but no CHP there.

I look forward to seeing some pictures of your M29.

-Scott-
 
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