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N153333, shipped in 1974. Special order with a 3 1/4-inch barrel, fixed sights, custom round butt, thinned trigger guard, target hammer, combat trigger. Made for Dick Marble and invoiced (and letters) as a Model 58. The model box on the end label is marked 29-58. Stamped MOD. 29 in the yoke cut. Apparently, one of three guns made in this configuration (other two are N153444 and N153555). I have carried this gun on several elk hunting trips to the Scapegoat Wilderness in Montana. Great gun to carry while on horseback. Not a pleasant gun to shoot with factory 44 Magnum ammo. 44 Specials are fine so it would make a good home defense gun.

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Bill, I don't know how you do it. I would one day love to see all the tricks in your bag. :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause: :ymapplause:
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WOW Bill , how you come up with these truely collectables is unreal !!!

I think you need to set up a diplay like the Fishers do !!
If you sold tickets , you`d do alright !! :lol:
 

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Wow that thing is beautiful.What did they do put a model 29 barrel and cyclinder into a model 58 frame?Then add a round butt.Looks like it would be simular in weight to a mountain gun.Would be a nice bedside like you say but would also be a good anti griz bear with the 44 mags in it to.
 

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Bill,

that is always my favorite when you post it! I even got to handle it in Tulsa last year.

It is truly one that Smith & Wesson should have made as a regular production!!

thanks

Chris
 

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Bill, That's the perfect gun for my snubby collection!!! Those new Sorbatane grips for the 500, should tame the recoil.....but then....it wouldn't be concealable anymore. :roll: Now I know why I didn't get one!!!! :mrgreen: :lol: Bob
 

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Bill,

That revolver is sooo righteous! It truly is the ultimate carry .44. I don't know what it weighs, but I bet that with the shorter bbl, fixed sights, and rounded butt it's ~10 oz. less than a 4" M-29 - plus it's trimmer and handier and could be easily carried in one of El Paso's tanker rigs under a jacket. The perfect Alaska fly-fishing revolver!

I'm doubly impressed that you've carried it for its very purpose on several western hunting trips - no doubt amid the lamentations of the Safe Queen Crowd.....

xtm
 

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xtimberman..........you can fly fish with it , too!!!! How about spinning??? :lol: Bob
 

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Bill:

Have the 58 and in the process of assembling additional pieces to send to Hamilton Bowen to make a fixed sight 29 like the beauty you show above.Also looking for an additional cyl.& crane for Bowen to make a 44 Spl. set up as well.Is the round butt on yours a true"K" frame or did S&W design something to balance the configuration of the design at hand?

Hope you are enjoying the Ruger Bowen 44 Spl.That is one I should not have let go (that and many others).

Louis
 

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Louis...The round butt was a regular square, N-frame butt that was custom rounded by S&W. The stocks were then made to fit the custom grip frame. Regular round butt, N-frame stocks will not fit this revolver. I am enjoying the Ruger and have shot it some. It went with me on a deer hunting trip to Missouri in November. It is a great gun and one of my favorites.

Bill
 

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That really is a great configuration! Thanks for sharing..
 

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Doc,
I just picked up a 'S' prefix 58 that someone had converted to .44 magnum in the past. I have been thinking about shortening the barrel to about 3.5" and round butting it...

I thank you for supplying a picture of that very thing... :ymapplause:

Being a .44 nut myself, although hardly in your league, I greatly enjoy all your post. Thanks for sharing. :cool:
 

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That revolver is my answer to all the "If you could only own one S&W" threads!
Far and away the most unique and fascinating S&W revolver I've ever seen.
It's like my favorite model 13 3" went on steroids!
Thanks for sharing and yes you are to be commended to carry it afield!
Jim
 
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