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3" S&W .44 Magnum

The Truth

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Anyone carry one of these fine pieces? I'm on the hunt for the next addition to my small gathering of hand guns and have my heart set on finding a BLUED Model 29 3". They seem to be quite rare. I've come across a few Lew Horton editions, but those are more than double the price of a standard 29. Were there even any BLUED 3" .44's made? I can't find a single 629 3" that's blued, only stainless. I like the TALO edition stainless gun, but I would really like to find a blue one.
 

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I can't say whether there were any blued 29's made in 3".

However, if there were any made, I can guess the problem with finding them: desirability.

I ran into this once upon a time when I wanted a Model 66 in 3". The Model 66 is a stainless .357 Mag in a K-frame. Being a K-frame, they're lighter and a little smaller than the L-frames; thus, easier to carry regularly. A 4" barrel kinda wants to dig into a car seat or chair, depending. A 2" barrel launches them a little slower, and has the short-sight radius problem. A 3" K-frame seems to be considered by many the ideal carry revolver.

Thus, they're rarer than hen's teeth in the marketplace. Oh, they're out there. A quick review of photos on the S&W forum shows a number of fellas who have 4, 5, and 6 of them. They're hogging!! :)

So, if there were any M 29's made in three-inch, I'm betting the owners are darn reluctant to part with them.
 

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Isn't there a talo Redhawk in 3 inches?

[video=youtube;c7z9oTuWg1w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7z9oTuWg1w[/video]
 
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[video=youtube;P2CLXyLv5bU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2CLXyLv5bU[/video]

Be warned the shooter/owner of this gun sustained web injury to his hand shooting this gun. To the point of bleeding. He had a follow up video explaining the injury.

I think that with full power loads in the Redhawk, or the 629 gloves would be a good idea.
 
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No Fair!!

No fair posting gun pics on a Sunday that are guaranteed to make a fellow squirm with exquisitely sharp envy and covetousness!

:D
 

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uh, citizen...that aint the foto of a firearm doing that...uh, oh here comes grape to 'moderate' me...never mind citizen ya it was the foto...:eek:

ipse
 

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[video=youtube;P2CLXyLv5bU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2CLXyLv5bU[/video]

Be warned the shooter/owner of this gun sustained web injury to his hand shooting this gun. To the point of bleeding. He had a follow up video explaining the injury.

I think that with full power loads in the Redhawk, or the 629 gloves would be a good idea.
That's my second choice - that exact pistol. I will likely end up with it since money will burn a hole in my pocket if I don't spend it soon, and there are no 3" blue 29's on the market right now save for a Lew Horton edition on gunbroker.
 

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I would probably also consider a Model 57 or 357 in blue (I'd imagine only the 57 is available in blue). I'm a pretty big fan of .41 Magnum as well and I'd probably rather have a blue .41 than a stainless .44. Having the .41 Mag would also be cool because I already own .40 and 10mm :)
 

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Stop!!

Stop with the pictures already!! Auuuggggghhhhhhhhh!!

Y'all are doing that on purpose!!

:D
 
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Stop with the pictures already!! Auuuggggghhhhhhhhh!!

Y'all are doing that on purpose!!

:D
The pic of that blue Model 29 Lew Horton edition drives me absolutely crazy...It's the perfect carry revolver! Maybe one day I'll find one that's not a Lew Horton so I don't have to pay double...
 

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--sniped-- I'm a pretty big fan of .41 Magnum as well and I'd probably rather have a blue .41 than a stainless .44. Having the .41 Mag would also be cool because I already own .40 and 10mm :)
A .41 Mag is on my wish list too. There is such a history and mystique behind this handgun - Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Skeeter Skelton .
 

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A .41 Mag is on my wish list too. There is such a history and mystique behind this handgun - Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Skeeter Skelton .
I love .41 Mag. You're right about the history - it's a very interesting round - and very effective. Comes very very close to the performance of a warm .44Mag.

I've seen a grand total of (1) blued Model 57, and it was absolutely beautiful. Identical to the blued Lew Horton .44 above only it's chambered in .41Mag. I wish there were more of them around.
 

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I love .41 Mag. You're right about the history - it's a very interesting round - and very effective. Comes very very close to the performance of a warm .44Mag.

I've seen a grand total of (1) blued Model 57, and it was absolutely beautiful. Identical to the blued Lew Horton .44 above only it's chambered in .41Mag. I wish there were more of them around.
Take a peek at this mod 57 w/4'' barrel - (drool)

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=514334688#PIC
 
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