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Old February 21, 2007, 07:45 PM   #1
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629-2 S&W .44 manufacture date?

I've searched a few forums and the web to find the manufacture date of a used S&W M629-2 I just bought, I can not find this info anywhere - so far. Where can I find this information? Also I read a few arcticles on carrying with six cartriges in the gun and that with some guns this is unsafe. Should this gun be carried with 5 rounds? Does this condition apply to this 629? Thank-you for any help - obviously I'm new to revolvers.
This gun does not have "the lock" - I assume that I can say it was made before a certain day but I would like the specific year. Ser.# is BCA2786.

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Old February 21, 2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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The 629 was produced first in 1988 as the -2 variant. In 1989, the variant -2E was introduced, with the E symbolizing the endurance package, since the guns tended to need a little help with the heavy recoil of a steady diet of full-house .44 loads.

That's as close as I can get, but a letter and $30 to Roy Jinks at S&W will get you when it was shipped and where.
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Old February 22, 2007, 05:01 AM   #3
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I have a 629-2 Classic Hunter with the unfluted cylinder and 8 3/8" barrel. Unfortunately S&W had put the experimental floating hand in -2 models. They changed back to a regular hand for the -3.
If you are unsatisfied with your trigger pull or carry up, you can order a hand from S&W for around $18 and change the hand out. It just needs minor fitting and maybe adjustment.

On the other hand, if it's not broken, no need to fix it.
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Old February 22, 2007, 05:49 AM   #4
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Carry all 6 rounds with you, there is no reason to have a empty chamber, just make sure you don't carry it with the hammer cocked. Be very careful when you drop the hammer down on a live round, this is not dangerous if you pay attention to what you are doing. I hold the hammer back with my thumb, while gently pulling the trigger, when the hammer releases slowly lower the hammer down on the loaded chamber. I have two 629's and love them, I have a 4" and a 8 3/8" with Leupold scope. This is a big gun for CCW, I have carried my 4" and concealed it okay with a pancake holster held tight. It just gets a bit heavy after all day carry. The 240 grain Hydrashocks are a great SD round in the 629.
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Old February 22, 2007, 06:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I just took the gun to the range today and fired it for the first time. Every store in my area (4 gun stores in a rural area) is out of .44 ammo. I had to "borrow" some hand loads from a guy that I work with in order to ensure that the gun does work or perform under firing conditions . The gun seems to work flawless - I made a few adjustments to the sights and it is shooting as accurate as I can shoot. Great gun. The loads that I'm shooting are: 22 grain Hercules 2400, 245 grain semi-wad cutters - the guy that loaded these was sure that they will work well in this gun; Although he shoots a Ruger Redhawk. My question is now are there any 'Factory' loads that I should stay clear of for the 629-2 S&W?
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Old February 22, 2007, 06:43 PM   #6
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I'm not too sure what the floating hand is? The trigger pulls seems smooth and in SA very light. This has been the best trigger of all the guns that I own......Of course that means that it is the best of what I know - could be a terrible trigger.
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