I got my 629 (8 3/8" barrel) in 1984. Why? Because that's what "Dirty Harry" Callahan used lol. Seriously.
What can I say? I was young.
I still have it. It's pretty much a safe queen now. But I do bring it out for a shoot now and again. It has a sweet trigger on it. Accurate as hell (I used to shoot silhouettes with it at 100 yards - open sights.) I consider it something of a novelty gun these days. I would like to get a 629 Classic with a 5" barrel. That would be much more practical.
Gun control laws benefit only criminals and politicians - but then, I repeat myself.