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I have had half a dozen M29s pass through my hands over the decades but this is the one that stuck with me since I got it in unfired condition in 1986. Not rare or fancy but it is in nearly perfect condition (as is the case). The finish on this gun is beautiful, better than what is usually observed on revolvers from the late 1970s. They must have been having a good day. I have fired about 200-250 rounds through it.



I have only owned this 27-2 for about 6 years but it arrived in the case with the original cardboard shipping wrapper and in unfired condition. So far I have only put 50 rounds through it but it will get used more in the future.



These two are as close as I get to pristine S&W revolvers and both are among the guns I have shot after buying them in unfired condition.
 

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Very nice Mod.29 and 27. I agree with shooting NIB guns. I have a few Mod.29's and 27's but only two have been NIB and I have fired both. One, a Mod.29-2 nickel and the other a Mod. 27-2 nickel. The .44 I found three years ago and the .357 two months ago. I don't shoot them a lot, but I do shoot them. They were made for that purpose and if not enjoyed by me, then I would forfeit that pleasure to someone else in the future. I don't think I could really enjoy a gun I couldn't shoot. I would probably have to sell it.
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It's good to see that there are more people that shoot their NIB revolvers, besides me!!! I rationalize that......though they are older, they are much better made then the new S&W's. Even though I have paid a premium price........it's still less then I'd have to pay for a new revolver!!! :D So...WHY NOT shoot them!!! Makes sense to me!!!! :twisted: :roll: Bob
 

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SaxonPig, I think Smith built them to be shot. Nice guns, thanks for sharing. Frank
 

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Good for you!
On the matter of beautiful finishes coming from S&W, I (as you) have owned a number of mid-to-late-70's M-27's and M-29's that exhibited as beautiful a deep blue-black as there could be.
Since the switch to 'penetration bluing' occurred in 1978, it's reasonable to assume that you have one from the tail-end of the old 'oven bluing'.
And the prospect of actually shooting one of those beauties? GASP!
Jim Supica did a tongue-in-cheek commentary about what our heirs will do with the money they realize from the sale of our pristine, unfired guns...It's not pretty.
Believe me, we're better off enjoying (yes, shooting) them, keeping them detailed, then going to the grave satisfied that we had the joy of doing what we're supposed to do with a gun.
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understandibly so. My 29-4 I picked up NIB at a Reno gun show, not knowing what it was. I just thought it was perdy! Later found out it was a classic hunter, unfluted cylinder, full underlug 8 3/8 barrel. Only 2500 made. Best $400 I spent!
 
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