147. Smith and Wesson Model 29-1 Double Action Revolver

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serial #S228302, 44 Magnum, 5'' pinned heavy barrel with an excellent bore. This lovely 1962-1963 made three-screw revolver has seen light use but remains in excellent condition and is equipped with the coveted 5'' factory barrel. The metal surfaces retain about 96% original blue with the backstrap partially toning to brown, high edge wear, turn ring on the recessed cylinder and few light handling marks. The .500'' factory trigger and .500'' target hammer have been lightly buffed and remain in-the-white. The revolver has a beautiful set of un-numbered diamond checkered walnut ''coke bottle'' grips with silver S&W medallions that rate excellent. The revolver features a red insert front sight and white outline micro adjustable rear sight. Factory records indicate this gun was made with a 6 1/2'' barrel and was sold to Rex Firearms Company of New York, New York on August 16, 1962. The records also show that before the gun was delivered to Rex Firearms Company it was sent to Mr. Harold Stines, head of the Smith & Wesson service department to change the barrel from 6 1/2'' to 5''. Clearly, the customer desired a 5'' barreled Model 29 and the factory fulfilled their desire using available revolvers and parts in stock. The Model 29-1s are a rare variant in and of themselves having been made for only about one year before the start of the Model 29-2. This gun is one of those ''holy grails'' of Model 29 collecting and is solid investment for the collector. (88840-67) {C&R} [Roy Jinks Collection] (4000/6000) Sold For 5462.50

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