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Shooting The S&W Model 629 .44 Magnum “Snubby”

I’m not a big fan of snub-nose revolvers, but Smith & Wesson does make a good product, so instead of talking bad about the Model 629 “snubby”, I say, let’s give this puppy a chance alright.

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Performance Center guns originate from standard designs or are created from the ground up. From hand-cutting and fitting to fine tuning for precision, these firearms are top performers. Products from the Performance Center are the ultimate expression of old-world craftsmanship blended with modern technology. 

Physically, the Smith & Wesson Model 629 snub-nose makes a nice carry firearm (for those that like this type of gun). It’s only 7.6″ long overall (just five inches longer than the barrel), but it does weigh a substantial 37.4 ounces. Is that too large for concealed carry…that, of course, depends upon the type of carry and (if body carry) the frame of the person. If the option is for a home defense firearm, not a carry weapon, then the dimensions are another concern entirely.

But what about the attention of the gunsmiths in the S&W Performance Center (mentioned above)? That adds an entirely new factor. The attention that Smith & Wesson pays to its production firearms is already legendary; nothing is skimped in making sure that their firearms are produced to the best standards. Still, the difference between the performance of an out-of-the-box firearm and one that has been given the thorough attention of a master gunsmith can make all the difference in the world.

First, of course, is attention to the action: the working parts are given  finishing and polishing, which allows a smoother, easier movement. The tear-drop hammer and trigger with stop are chromed and detailed, so the double action movement is glass-like. Then come the sights: a dove-tailed red ramp front blade is paired with an adjustable, white-outlined rear sight. . Even the wood Hogue grips are carefully checkered — not all over, but exactly where the palm and fingers need the best traction.

I’ll place the specs on this gun beneath the video so you can check them out for yourself after you’re done watching it.

 44 Magnum, 44 Special
 Dovetail Red Ramp
 Adjustable White Outline
 Single/Double Action
 Stainless Steel
 Stainless Steel
 Stainless Steel
 Matte Silver
 2.625″ (6.7 cm)
 37.4 oz.
MSRP: $ 1113.00



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