Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 629 Classic .44 Magnum

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A consistent shooter with good DA and SA trigger. But, the 629 was not really dedicated to the needs of the hunter.

Smith & Wesson 629 Classic .44 Magnum

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The gun’s supplied grip (right) exposed the backstrap. This design was more suited to a carry gun, so we used a Hogue Full Size Conversion grip, left, to protect our hands. After firing a just a few shots offhand, we decided to replace the Hogue Compact grip. The Conversion grip met the same mounting requirements of the Compact grip, but filled out the back strap and covered the frame. It also changed the contour of the base of the grip to mimic a square-butt design.
Another feature better suited for concealed carry was the front sight. The plastic insert created glare and made fine accuracy difficult. Other than its long barrel the 629 Classic offered little else to accommodate the long-distance shooter.
The 629 Classic showed first-rate machining. We could barely see where the crane swung out of the cylinder.

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