Exactly what I am looking for!!! Nice Smiths but I am sure you know that Now I just need to locate one and get a holster to fit. As for the longer barrel for more velocity I figure if I have to use the .44 the bear will be up close and personal anyway. This pistol would actually be a back-up for my .300 Win Merkel deer rife so I do have another weapon but you can never be too safe.toroflow said:I would recommend a 629-3 or -4, as they have the endurance upgrades but do NOT have the MIM (Metal Injected Molded = cast) parts as the -5 and higher models do. And of course, they do not have the lock hole in the side, which as Drew correctly points out, is just another thing to go wrong on a heavy recoiling gun. I believe the stainless (model 629) will hold up better than a blued steel model (29) when used in the fashion you plan on (carrying for bear, etc.).