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.
Hi folks, I totaly agree with Andy and Alan. I also ve bought a Classic 629 with a 6,5" barrel n I only ve trouble with this gun. The muzzle isn t fixed to the frame so after shooting about 100 rounds the muzzle screws out so that the sights isn t straight. Also the timing of the barrel isn t perfect which is suboptimal at double action shooting. No it goes for the 4th time to the dealer for a repair-service, it seems it will be a never ending story.
I am greatly dissapointed with the one I bought in march /2013.Classic model with 5" barrel. After only 32 rounds, firing pin seized and pin spring was buggered.Then after 138 rounds had been fired ,the small screw that keeps the rod the cylinder pivots out on, broke.Now its back to the dealer again.Only fired factory 240 grain loads.Seemed to be fairly accurate and I like the trigger (when you can shoot it).Yup dissapointed,lost confidence in it.What is next to bugger up?
One of the finest revolvers i had ever shot accurate dependable and god dang what a nice finish i love it.
NOT happy with this handgun. I recently purchased a new S&W 629 stainless revolver with a 5 barrel. Prior to breaking in the revolver at the range, I cleaned and lightly oiled the gun. After the first 12 shots at the range, the cylinder failed to consistently rotate when the hammer was cocked. Sometimes it turned
sometimes it didnt. Worse, there appears to be excessive lateral gas spray from between the cylinder and the barrel, leading me to believe the cylinder gap may be excessive. I was using standard 240 grain bonded JSP ammo for my break in. I stopped shooting the revolver sensing the cylinder timing might be off a bit. Upon inspection of the unloaded firearm, I noticed a couple of the cylinder slots are slightly enlarged. Also, the bore clearly has some rough spots in it, and one spot in particular that appears to have excess material fused to the bore. I patched-swabbed and brushed the bore lightly with an undersized brush to see if I could remove the excess material, but was unable to do so. My prognosis is that the cylinder timing is slightly off which caused a slight shaving of the projectile, of which some got drug through the bore, causing the scouring. I also suspect the cylinder gap may be excessive, adding to the problem. In any case, I have had to return the handgun to S&W, through my local dealer. I suspect S&W will be looking closely at this unit to see if the cylinder and the barrel can be salvaged as well as if the unit can be adjusted so this doesnt happen again. And I really want to have a gun with a pristine barrel and cylinder
like all my other revolvers. I own numerous Smith & Wesson products purchased over the last 30 years
and have been immensely pleased with the quality of all of them. This revolver is an exception to be sure.
Just got mine yesterday and took it from the store to the range. Recoil is a lot less than I expected, I get more recoil from my LC9 and BG380 than this from the point of re-acquisition error. I found the gun to be very accurate even without adjusting the sights. It is a manly sized gun, I have gorilla sized hands and this gun parks in them like a glove. Single action is a little light for what I am used to, see I live in MA and guns here are sold with at least 10lbs trigger pull :-). Double action is what I expected and easy smooth trigger at that. I feel this gun is built like a tank, the .44 Mag cartridge is no toy and this gun appears to handle it perfectly. Nice size, nice weight and good performance. I would not dream of CCing this behemoth, I will need to research how Harry Callahan did it LOL.
I bought my S&W 629 Classic with an 8 3/8" barrel back in 1996 and to date I've blasted nearly 3000 rounds through it, while I have ripped maybe 500 rounds of a 300gr "CANNON" loads down the barrel, my favourite round to use is the 180Gr JSP from UMC and while it's a very nice round to use, it is loud and it throws quite the flame out the front of the barrel as well, but that's part of the fun of it, I think? It has excellent overall weight and the muzzle lift is minimal, with the full barrel lug, I actually prefer it to my S&W 629 8 3/8" barrelled version, which is also an awesome weapon as well, I just like the Classic better!! If you reload, you can tone the ammo down to a point to where it feels like a .38 Spec, but you can still throw a decent sized chunk of lead to anything that's in front of you, something in a 200-240Gr size, will do a nice job and should definitely STOP or at least SLOW DOWN who's coming at you and if you want to really do some damage, then by all means, you can SOUP THEM UP, but do be careful..lol..Cor-Bon makes some nice stuff so I'm told, but like I said, the PMC 180G JSP ammo is very nice and I think they run at 1600FPS? BUT, I did try a box of "Buffalo Bore's" HAND CANNON .44 MAGNUM +P+ which are a 340Gr LFN ammo that flew at 1478FPS and 1649 FT LBS...hahahaha...and WOW, what a brutal load to shoot, but I loved it!! I'm not too sure if the 629 could handle a steady diet of that round, but just for fun and to try it once, it was worth the $40.00 and while I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of any .44 Mag bullet, that one would definitely ruin my day!! As for the rest of the gun itself, I love the low maintenance SS, the Red Ramp and W/O rear sight and it's balance. The only personal touches I added were a Trigger Kit and an awesome HOGUE KING GRIP, so far. The only other item I'm going to add is the extra large cylinder release button, once I find one after I track down its proper name. Finally, it both fun to shoot in single and double action mode and I have the most fun with it at "Bowling Pin Shoots" which are just plain FUN!!!
I bought my 629 Classic in 8 3/8 barrel length in 1994. Had a lot of fun with it at the range, shooting out to 200 yards and more. If the light was right, you could see the bullets lobbing out there (at least I could then). The quality and accuracy of this gun is excellent. The trigger pull is crisp and light - under 3 pounds. I have shot quite a few 300-grain bear loads through it and it still works like new. My favorite load is probably a 300 grain Hornady XTP in front of Hornady H 110. I shot a large deer with this load from 30 feet, quartering into its chest, and the bullet went out near the flank, for a penetration of about 3'! Needless to say, the deer did not get far. I have a number of Ruger revolvers also, and while they may be stronger, my 629 looks better IMO and has proven it can repeatedly fire heavy loads, accurately and reliably. The only thing I don't really like is the bright plastic insert on the front sight, but replacements are readily available. The stainless steel is low-maintenance and easy to clean. Took it with me moose/bear hunting in Alaska and while I shot my moose with a rifle, I knew my 629 would serve me well if need be, even in the frequent rain. I would higly recommend this six-gun. Fun to shoot in double-action once in a while too, although your accurate rate of fire won't be that high!
I just got my new 629 Classic. I love this gun! Accurate, fun to shoot. Nice finish, smooth trigger. Ooooow nice big revolver! I've put about 50 round thought this gun. Nice! And, much quicker cleanining then my Springfield Loaded 1911. I can't say which gun I like better? I love them both.
Review applies to S&W 629 "classic" full underlug, 6.5 in barrel and CTC laser grip. This is a huge handgun, really too big for concealment and overpowered for urban personal defense -- a full magnum round is quite likely to go right through the bad do-er and take out a couple of innocent folks in the background. Not for a new handgunner, but with the proper ammunition probably the smallest handgun to reliably stop a charging bear (if you've practiced enough and can control the gun). Well made, iron sights took minor adjustment out of the box, and the CTC laser required 1/8 of a turn windage adjustmet to put it on the money at 50 ft. With it's considerable weight (about 3.2 lb loaded) and heavy front end, it's a great shooter, but firing hot magnum rounds (such as Speer 280 gr jacketed soft point) you can definitely tell something serious happened when it goes off. The full underlug helps control flip, the gun's mass soaks up a lot of the recoil, and the relatively long barrel effectively converts the magnum round's powder charge into velocity and energy . . . but after 25 rounds or so of "bear grade" ammunition you'll probably be in the mood to take a break. . . .
I recently bought the 629 and am very satisfied with it,I have always wanted a 44mag and after checking out several others I am happy I went with S&W,it has a 6" barrel and I purchased a Hunter leather holster. I am pleased that it seems to be very accurate,even at 40 yards.
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