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S&W Performance Center Model 629-8 44 Magnum, $900-$1000 (Grade: A 2014)

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The ported 3-inch barrel, low fixed sights, and compact grip made this a concealable N-frame that was easy to shoot well.

S&W Performance Center Model 629-8 44 Magnum, $900-$1000 (Grade: A 2014)

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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Front Strap Height
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Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The oblong port helps tame recoil; testers noted recoil was slightly less from the 629-8.
We would put a dab of matte-black paint in the semi-circular cutout under the groove to kill glare. Note how the sights are lower to the barrel and the frame of the 629-8, making it feel shorter in hand than the other revolvers.
The ball detent snaps into that V-shaped groove in the frame, locking the cylinder in place.
Note the chamfered chambers; they allow easier and faster reloading of the fat 44 Magnum 44 Special cartridges.
In hand, the 629-8 felt comfortable; the silky DA-mode trigger pull made this a smooth operator.

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