Smith & Wesson's large-frame Model 629 Classic is a high-powered revolver chambered for the venerable .44 Magnum cartridge. These guns feature a full-length barrel underlug and always come in a stainless steel finish which, together, serve to differentiate it from the closely related Model 29.
Not only can the Model 629 Classic revolver's 6-round cylinder fire the .44 Mangun, but it is also able to work with Smith & Wesson's own .44 S&W Special. This gives the gun a similar capacity of shooting rounds with less recoil in similar fashion as most .357 Magnum revolvers. While recoil may drop when using .44 S&W Special cartridges, pocketbook savings are not comparable to firing .38 Special ammo as it is not as widely produced and thus comes with fewer economy-of-scale saving benefits.
The Model 629 has a standard Single-Action/Double-Action trigger setup, sports an adjustable white outline rear sight combined with an integrated front blade sight with red ramp insert, synthetic combat grips, and a 5" forged stainless steel barrel.
In the tradition of high-powered revolvers, the Model 629 a rather heavy gun tipping the scales at a full 44.3 ounces when empty. The reinforced frame is known for handling countless rounds of .44 Magnum without flaw or breakage. This quality does not come without a price as the MSRP of these guns rings up in excess of $1,000.
Reviews of the Smith & Wesson Model 629 high-powered revolver listed below. Older reviews are further up while the newest review is at the bottom of the page. If you've used one of these guns before, please share your experience with the shooting community at large by writing a review of your own below. Whether you use this gun for hunting, plinking, or home defense doesn't matter as all input is valued by those looking to know more about this gun before they make a purchase.
I have owned the the classic in 8 3/8 bbl since the early eighties. You don't even want to know what I paid for it way back then. Only goes to show you that the really good stuff only increases in value. I have killed several deer and 1 hog with this pistol. It has always performed flawlessely. The full lenght lug under bbl really cuts down on recoil and prevents muzzle jump. I have total confidence in the realibility and sheer power of this pistol. Of course its not concealabe it has almost a nine inch bbl. But if you find yourself in a area where you might have to use it to protect yourself from a bear or other large animal or you want something that will flip a whitetail you cant go wrong with this one! Read More
I recently purchased this same model, 629 Classic 5" - awesome gun. I had only shot a 44 mag once before, a model 29 6" with CCI Blazer mag ammo (fairly light magnum loads). For the new 629 I bought Federal AE44B, soft nose, 240 gr., took it to Reeds Indoor Range and was extremely happy to shoot 6 rounds at 7.5 yards within 1 3/4", two in the 1/2" red bullseye. That was single action with one double action shot (my hand is XL, but short fingers - double action requires rotating the hand forward a bit). One reason I got the gun was hiking in bear country. A load I'm considering fot that is the Garrrett Hammerhead http://www.garrettcartridges.com/44mag.html which is used by various government agencies in bear country. I'll report on that later. The holster I got is the Galco Dual Position Phoenix which fits the gun real nice and draws well after working the leather per Galco's instructions. The gun is not light but definitely worth the effort of carrying. I believe the quality is great. I'm not bothered by the level of polish inside the trap. It cleans up fine after shooting. Grips are excellent and I'm very pleased with the accuracy. I also shoot a glock 17 with a target trigger and find it's not nearly as accurate. This is an excellent choice if you are considering a .44 mag. Read More
I bought one of these recently, and overall am fairly pleased. I have big hands and this gun fits...plus it's really heavy so recoil is not nearly as bad as you'd think. It's surprisingly accurate at longer ranges w/out a scope. My only complaint with this model is that the finish is pretty weak. My neighbor has a similar Taurus 44mag, and the matte stainless finish on his is a lot nicer than my S&W 629 classic. The finish is particularly poor when you open the cylider and look at the interior area around it (where the serial # is). You'd think that for a Smith & Wesson revolver which costs almost double that of the comparable Taurus that they'd make the finish better. Fit & functionality get high marks. Finish wise it's more like D+/C-. I now look at every 629 Classic (full 5" underlug) I see at gun shows and pawn shops...they all hae the same poor-to-average finish. The older mid-to-late 80's 629 have way better finishes. I guess they just got cheap w/ the finish on these models. But again...fit and functionality are great...just don't expect a show piece if you buy one of these. Read More
Just bought a 629 with rubber grips and it is awesomely put together!!! Hair trigger, well machined and light weight....won't handle any high pressure round bigger than a 305 grain bullet as per specs...but, is better built than the Rueger for sure..... Read More
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