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Old March 16, 2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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I have a revolver I bought used whose origin is a mystery to me. Please see the enclosed image. It is a S&W Model 29-3 .44 Magnum in the N frame round butt configuration. The serial number begins with the letters “ALB” followed by four digits. It has the S&W finger grooved combat grips by Kim Ahrends, a three inch, unported, partial underlug barrel, fluted cylinder, blued finish, case hardened hammer and smooth trigger, white outline adjustable rear sight, and red ramp front sight. I was certain that it was a Lew Horton special, but I called them with the serial number and they said that it was not one of theirs. I didn't think that there were any three inch barreled Model 29s that were not custom runs for one or another of the limited edition distributors. I have not heard that S&W ever cataloged a three inch as a standard M29. Does anyone know what I have here ? Thanks very much in advance for responding.
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Old March 16, 2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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Not sure what it is, but I sure do like the looks!
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Old March 16, 2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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The only 3 inch 29-3 that I can find in the S&W book is the Lew Horton Special, 5000 manufactured in 1984/1985. The book description fits your gun to a T. Unfortunately no serial numbers are listed. I think this is a case for a S&W letter.
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Old March 17, 2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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Looks like a 44magnum
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Old March 17, 2013, 06:18 AM   #5
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You might find some help on on of the 2 S&W forums.
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Old March 17, 2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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The ALB serial number dates to November, 1985, which seems to support RJay's information.

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Old March 17, 2013, 08:30 PM   #7
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I have a revolver I bought used whose origin is a mystery to me. Please see the enclosed image. It is a S&W Model 29-3 .44 Magnum in the N frame round butt configuration. The serial number begins with the letters “ALB” followed by four digits. It has the S&W finger grooved combat grips by Kim Ahrends, a three inch, unported, partial underlug barrel, fluted cylinder, blued finish, case hardened hammer and smooth trigger, white outline adjustable rear sight, and red ramp front sight. I was certain that it was a Lew Horton special, but I called them with the serial number and they said that it was not one of theirs. I didn't think that there were any three inch barreled Model 29s that were not custom runs for one or another of the limited edition distributors. I have not heard that S&W ever cataloged a three inch as a standard M29. Does anyone know what I have here ? Thanks very much in advance for responding.
Jinks letter? (S&W company historian, can provide a letter giving information on when it was made, in what configuration, and who it was initially sold to.)
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