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A back door S&W model - some shennanigans involved for those who know the story.. So, what are we looking at ?

a pure S&W hand cannon.. only wish i could have afforded it last time it went up for sale - at least i have the memories.

a pinned & recessed model 29 (yep) - but its a round butt, and there are no sights, a 3 1/4" barrel , and a smooth trigger


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A back door S&W model - some shennanigans involved for those who know the story.. So, what are we looking at ?

a pure S&W hand cannon.. only wish i could have afforded it last time it went up for sale - at least i have the memories.

a pinned & recessed model 29 (yep) - but its a round butt, and there are no sights, a 3" barrel , and a smooth trigger


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That's what a heck of a lot of folks wanted. Especially the Mod. 58 owners who sought to customize their revolvers.
Yep, a Grail Gun for many... Thanks for the pics. Proof that the creature ^^ exists for at least one or a chosen few.
 

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.... Especially the Mod. 58 owners who sought to customize their revolvers..
there were 3 factory ones made for a customer in 1974, and they were made on a Model 58 frame.. there have been a number of custom made versions based on the M58 since then.

another 'parts list' i need to add to the project list..
 

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Now that is mighty fine.

Many years ago, when I was shooting at the very first real range I ever saw, a fellow came up to me and started chatting. Never seen him, before or since. But, he asked if I wanted to try his gun. Of course I was like a puppy...sure...sure...lemmie try...lemmie try.

Then he told me it was a 44 Magnum. Even the name scared me, but I couldn't back out. What he pulled out was a BIG snub-revolver. He told me it had started life as a 4" Model 29, but he'd had Fred Schmidt (a local pistolsmith) do a trigger job on it, then cut the barrel back to 2 1/2 or 3", I forget which. Then he had (as he explained it) cut the N-frame grip off, and welded a K-frame grip on. It had then gone off to Magna-Port to be ported, then refinished. Beautiful gun, even if it did have Pachmayr grips as I remember.

I fired a cylinder full through it. First 44 Magnum I'd ever fired. I was surprised that it didn't kick near as bad as the one Clint Eastwood shot looked like. ;)

Now that's a long ago memory but I think the details are right as he told them to me, but I'm no gunsmith. I do remember it was a nice gun.
 

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I believe there were terminations at the factory, loss of S&W Distributorship and possibly federal charges involved in these guns. They also had unique serial numbers.

While these guns were made "off the books," S&W did, later, make similar guns in stainless steel. They made a 629-3 "Carry Comp" or "Mag Comp" (they were called both names) for Lew Horton. They were three inch, fixed sight guns with a top compensator. This particular gun was made in two runs and numbered about 495. Later a lock frame was made with a strange underlug and fixed sights was made in greater numbers for Lew Horton.

Camfour, a Mass distributor had two runs made. The first 629-5 were two and one half inch, full underlug with fixed sights. This was a limited run, but I don't recall the exact number, but very scarce. They also had another run of 629-6 guns, that were similar with the lock and a change in the way the top, rear of the frame is made.

I pursued these guns for many years and was finally able to acquire the Carry Comp at a LGS, who had no idea what it was. I paid less than one thousand dollars for it. I know that S&W prices have softened somewhat, but just before I got mine two were sold, one for over three thousand and the second for fifty three hundred. My cousin had one of the Camfour "-5" guns and he will not sell it. I finally was able to find both of the Camfour guns, one on the other S&W forum and one from an on line auction.

The Lew Horton Carry Comp or Mag Comp (I changed the grips as the original grips don't fit my hand)







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very nice @WCCPHD - i have seen the 629 carry comp before - very much in the spirit of the earlier gun. i expect the porting helps quite a bit on the 'hand-cannon' aspect of these

i wouldnt worry about softer prices on these, there are 2 of the Lew Horton 3" versions on gunbroke currently - both in the mid 3 grand territory..

thanks for sharing !
 

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I believe there were terminations at the factory, loss of S&W Distributorship and possibly federal charges involved in these guns. They also had unique serial numbers.
Wow!! Some beautiful guns and I wold be all over something like that were it not a million dollars but I am interested in hearing more! ..

Was it done clandestinely without S&W corporate approval? Who commisioned them and who took on the job of making them. Sounds like there is a boat load of cool S&W lore and I want to hear it!! :)
 

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I don't recollect all the details. There have been several threads on the other S&W Forum about it. I think a distributor had too cozy a relationship with someone at the factory who was building the special guns and pricing them as production models. I seem to remember ATF got involved, but its been some time since I've read about it. I have been unable to find the original thread, so take what I remember with a grain of salt.
 

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Congrats, Nothing like a nice 29-2 , I like mine a lot..!!!
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Now that is a wonderful find and one I have never seen any example of!
 
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