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There is an estate sale a couple of weeks from today. The list of items includes a few guns. The auctioneer list one as a S&W 629-3 Mountain Gun. I have seen Mountain guns but not a 629. I have a wedding to attend that day so I am still trying to figure out what to do. Does anyone have a pic. of one or a description. Thanks in advance. Dave
 

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The 629 Mountain Gun was first brought out as the Mountain Revolver in 1989 (actually a 629-2) only 5,000 of those were made. In 1993 was the first 629 Mountain Gun (these should be your 629-3's as the 629-4 came out late 1993) In 1994, another run of Mountain Guns came out in the 629 (should be 629-4's). More came out again in 1998 and 1999. The one you're talking about if it is the 1993 version should have a Rubber Grip (hogue), be a round butt and should also be drilled and tapped. All came from the Standard S & W Catalog 3rd Edition. They are a sweetheart of a gun, I have one in .45 Colt, and they are starting to gain interest, and the one you're looking at is a pre-lock gun to boot.
 

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Thanks for the info David, 44 mag is on my to do list so I am going to see what this goes for. Thanks again
 

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FWIW the 629-2 Mountain Revolver is also a round butt. However, there were 40 pieces made that were square butt. The -2 variation also has rollmarks instead of laser etching on the barrel.
 

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My 629-4 Mountain Gun came with Houges on it and soon went to these Herret's and now sports the 500 grips.
David Lapell, wasn't there one in there called the "mountain lion" or something close to that?

Steve
 

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The S & W Mountain Lion was part of what was known as the "twelve revolvers". In 1990 Smith manufactured these guns for Ellet Bros. of Chapin, SC. They were 12 guns sold by subscription, a different gun for each month. They were limited to 500 each, and all had a name and a scene engraved on the side. The Mountain Lion (the gun that came out in March of that year) was a 629 4-inch gun, with a small scene with a man and lion on the right sideplate, with the words Mountain Lion on the right side of the barrel.
 

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David, was this prior to the Mountain Guns and was it in the same style(lite barrel) as the Mountain Guns?
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Hello I am new to the forum and glad to be here. I have had and still have quite a few S&W's. My newest aquisition is a LNIB 629 Mountian Lion. This post is the only thing I have found in days of looking that provided me any info on that model. Thanks so much.

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i had the -4 and boy did it hurt when you fired it :roll: it has the tapered barrell i beleive :?:
 

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I ordered a set of S&W500 grips with the gel insert. And I quote the Houge rep "take the buzz out of it". I had a 329 Night Guard but it was short striking and I had 3 FTF in 12 shots. Needless to say I am not a fan of the floating firing pin and went back to the standard. No lock and hammer mounted firing pin. I need to shoot it before the grips show up so I have to dig up my shooting glove.

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I've had quite a few N-Frame Mountain Guns...







And yes, recoil is an issue with these, even in the relatively mild mannered .45 Colt. The best solution to me is the Eagle "Heritage" stocks in the "Round-To-Square" Butt configuration as seen here.



Lastly, while they are indeed easier to pack along because of their lighter weight, I don't think that the "Mountains" shoot as accurately as the heavier barrelled 4" 629's or 29's. Why? I cannot say but extensive shooting with mine and others seem to support this supposition. Other owners have noted the same thing.
 

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I have a Model of 1989 Mountain Revolver, I got on a shotgun trade. Great gun - love it. Put round to square Ahrends on it. They look good and take the sting out.
 

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629-4 Mountain Gun as it came from S&W



As it stands now with RB Ahrends
 

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Are the Hogue rubber grips better for shooting than the fancy wood grips?
I assume the Hogue softens recoil, but which is better for accuracy?
Please enlighten me. Thank you.
 

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tharsh;
The frame mounted pins work well if they are set up correctly. For me, that means an Apex Tactical "extra length" firing pin. Some of the problems with failures to fire have resulted from too light main springs or shortened main spring tension screws. All of this is easily corrected. Of course, your revolver should have had that taken care of by Smith - but...

I bought a LNIB 629 Light Hunter that was not reliable. It required the "extra length" firing pin and a new main spring tension screw. Since this one was used, I can't really blame Smith for that one (it may have been tinkered with). At any rate, after a bit of tuning, it is now a GREAT Performance Center revolver that most anyone would be proud to own.

FWIW
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Bear2 said:
Are the Hogue rubber grips better for shooting than the fancy wood grips?
I assume the Hogue softens recoil, but which is better for accuracy?
Please enlighten me. Thank you.
Rubber usually absorbs the force of recoil better than wood. I say usually because some wood grips provide such a good fit to the hand that they do make the recoil not feel as nasty as it really is.

Whether a particular style or material of grip is better for accuracy, only each individual can answer that for himself since our hands are all different.

I personally find Hogue grips (both wood and rubber) to be far too thin for my hands and find that wood grips made by Kim Ahrends have given me the best accuracy so far.
 

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Jose:
Thank you, very much for the info re wooden grips for my 629-4 Classic.
Could you please provide me a link to Kim Ahrends wood grips. I would also like to look into them for my 642
Airweight. Thanks again
Bear2
 

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