Various references say the Model 29-4 was made from 1989 - 1991, with the topstrap milled for scope bases. The process was deemed too expensive and S&W stopped the practice. This is a beautiful example of one of the very first of these guns, which was actually made in late 1988, according to the factory letter.
It's been judged by several dealers and knowledgeable individuals to be a 99% gun, and you can see from the pics that it's a beauty, with no bluing or grip wear.
This .44 mag is sweet mechanically, too. The bore and cylinder are clean and excellent. As you'd expect, the double-action trigger pull is smooth and the single-action trigger pull is a crisp, light 3 5/8 lbs.
This gun shoots great and locks up nice and tight. I own - or have owned - nine Model 29s over the years that I can remember off the top of my head, and this one locks up every bit as tight as the new 29-10 I bought a year ago. The only reason I'm selling it is the fact that I have five now, which is too many, even for me!
The gun comes with the original box and oilskin paper, unopened tool kit and factory scope rings. Also included is a S&W letter. More pics available on request.
Regarding the Goncalo alves checkered grips mentioned in the letter, obviously the ones on the gun are not original, and I don't have them. The ones pictured are the only ones I have (and they are amazingly comfortable!).
In fact, I asked the guy I bought the gun from about the grips. He said the original owner, who he bought it from, swore they're the original S&W grips that were on the gun when he bought it new. They appear to be Classic Combat smooth grips, from photos in Supica & Nahas’s Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson book.
There are no scratches on the gun – it’s a beauty, and the grips are fantastic, with no scuffs or blemishes.
Payment is required within ten days unless other arrangements are made in advance. If payment is a postal money order, I'll ship the gun to your FFL immediately upon receipt. If payment is a personal or certified check or any other kind of money order, shipping may be delayed for five business days. Shipping is $20 unless your FFL holder requires me to ship it through mine, in which case it’s $35 – that’s what my FFL guy charges me.
Check out the prices on the few other 29-4s you might be able to find and you'll see that this one's a steal at $500. I paid $550 for it, but I've lowered the price because of the grips. It'll go fast, so don't wait!