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Heres the Christmas present my wife gave me this year. She bought this revolver not knowing at all what she was actually buying. When i opened the package I was stunned that she even took the gumption to even purchase something like this and after looking it over further and a little research i began to realize I may have something of a little value. It turns out this revolver is a Pre-29 44 mag ser. no S166xxx. The revolver was built best I can tell in the 3rd quarter of 1956. The gun has been fired and shows a little wear but still looks to be in very good shape in my opinion. It does not have the original Diamond grips on it and that hurts the value im sure. Im still researching the possible value of this gun, so if any of you could help it would be appreciated. I know im not supposed to ask how much gifts cost but i did anyway because I knew we couldnt afford the price this gun may bring. She then told me she paid 250.00 dollars and my mouth hit the floor! By my reaction she was concerned that she paid to much but i quickly told her that she quite possibly made the buy of the decade! Im not a great photographer but heres the pic! Enjoy!

 

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Man -- That is a dream!! :thumbup:
 

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I don't know what it's worth, but jeez.......

*ANYTHING* Smith in serviceable condition for $250 is a helluva buy.

Kudos!

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Brick, that would be an 8 and 3/8" 5-screw model?

AND, it's pinned & recessed!

The most desired .44mag Smith ever!

Some guys are luckier than me, but that's OK, I'm still happy for you!!
 

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massair said:
Brick, that would be an 8 and 3/8" 5-screw model?

AND, it's pinned & recessed!

The most desired .44mag Smith ever!

Some guys are luckier than me, but that's OK, I'm still happy for you!!
its a 6 1/2" barrel pinned and recessed 5 screw. if i have my facts right less than 6,000 were manufactured. This variation was produced between 1956 and 1958.(correct me if im wrong). It does not have model 29 stamped on the barrel, hence why its called a pre-29. Its been 5 months since i recieved it as a gift and im still in disbelief. Just wish i could come up with the original grips.

Heres a short summary of how my wife acuired it. I know what you guys are thinking"No way! its got to be stolen"! I would be thinking the same thing. My wife is a Barber/beautician. Per her job, she comes in contact with alot of older men. She has a customer thats up into his 70's or possibly early 80's and they got onto the subject of guns one day. Long story short this man sold my wife the gun for what he claimed was way over what he had purchased the gun for many moons ago. He had no kids and wanted the gun to go to someone who would appreciate it. I have instructed my wife to be on the lookout if he talks anymore of selling anything. :thumbup:
 

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NO Joke and if you dont want or cant afford one from one of her customers...send them my way.

brickmanDan said:
massair said:
Brick, that would be an 8 and 3/8" 5-screw model?

AND, it's pinned & recessed!

The most desired .44mag Smith ever!

Some guys are luckier than me, but that's OK, I'm still happy for you!!
its a 6 1/2" barrel pinned and recessed 5 screw. if i have my facts right less than 6,000 were manufactured. This variation was produced between 1956 and 1958.(correct me if im wrong). It does not have model 29 stamped on the barrel, hence why its called a pre-29. Its been 5 months since i recieved it as a gift and im still in disbelief. Just wish i could come up with the original grips.

Heres a short summary of how my wife acuired it. I know what you guys are thinking"No way! its got to be stolen"! I would be thinking the same thing. My wife is a Barber/beautician. Per her job, she comes in contact with alot of older men. She has a customer thats up into his 70's or possibly early 80's and they got onto the subject of guns one day. Long story short this man sold my wife the gun for what he claimed was way over what he had purchased the gun for many moons ago. He had no kids and wanted the gun to go to someone who would appreciate it. I have instructed my wife to be on the lookout if he talks anymore of selling anything. :thumbup:
 

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This is from the 28th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values
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44 MAGNUM PRE-MODEL 29 (5 SCREW)
- .44 Mag. cal., 5 screw, can be discerned by 3 visible screws on right sideplate, 1 hidden under the grip, and 1 in front of the trigger guard. Approx. 6,500 mfg. during 1956-58.
Grading 98% .........95% .........90% .........80%
.............$2,675 ....$2,150 .....$1,800 ......$1,550

This model was cataloged in 4 and 6 1/2 in. barrel. The 4 in. is rare. Also, a rare variation in this model is a 5 in. barrel. Only 500 were mfg. in 5 screw Pre-Model 29 variation with bright blue finish, diamond target stocks, and wood case.

.44 MAGNUM PRE-MODEL 29 (4 SCREW)
- similar to 5 screw model, except has four screws total, top plate screw was eliminated. Mfg. 1957-1958.
Grading 98% .........95% .........90% .........80%
............$2,000 ....$1,700 .....$1,475 ......$1,200


MODEL 29 .44 MAGNUM (4 SCREW)
- .44 Mag. cal., 4 screw, can be discerned by 2 exposed screws on lower right sideplate (one is concealed by the right grip, and one in front of the trigger guard). Mfg. began 1957 after approx. ser. no. S175,000 and was disc. 1961.
Grading ...98% ........95% .........90% .........80%
...............$1,450 ....$1,250 .....$1,000 .....$875


MODEL 29-1 & LATER VARIATIONS (3 SCREW)
- .44 Mag. cal., 4, 6 1/2, or 8 3/8 in. barrel, eliminated top screw on sideplate and 1 screw in front of trigger guard. Disc. 1999.
Grading ................98% ........95% ...........90% ............80%
M29-1 ..............$3,050 .......$2,600 .......$2,200 ......$1,700
M29-2 .................$700 .........$600 ...........$500 .........$425
M29-3 & higher ....$495 .........$450 ...........$400 .........$365
Subtract $40 if without case.
Older .44 Magnum Pre-Model 29 mfg. (4 & 5 screw variations) will appear under the previous subheading: "EARLY HAND EJECTORS (NAMED MODELS)."
The "S" serial number prefix was used on this model until 1968, at which time the law required a new numbering system, and the serial number prefix was changed to "N". The "S" prefix originally designated the additional hammer block safety.
There were 9 engineering changes to this model.
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I predict a lot of "honey dew's" in your future :rotflmao:

It will be worth it though....Congrats...wish my wife would buy me some guns....
 

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I predict a lot of "honey dew's" in your future :rotflmao:

It will be worth it though....Congrats...wish my wife would buy me some guns....
Shocked the hell out of me thats for sure. For my tenth wedding anniversary this April she also got me a Henry .22. I guess that Florida vacation shes been wanting take is going to have to be a reality real soon.
 

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:128: you got to be kiddin. you going to need to spend some money on her for sure. she might enjoy coming to the M&G, but It ain't enough payback for that find.
 

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brickmanDan said:
...I guess that Florida vacation shes been wanting take is going to have to be a reality real soon.
Florida Hell - sounds more like the Caribbean to me!! :bigtu:
 
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