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A long time ago..well, maybe around 1987, I was in my short barreled revolver phase. I picked up a 29 and a 657 with 3" barrels...lots of fun to shoot, but haven't seen much use. I've tried the internet, but no luck in finding out if these are rare, or even if they are actual factory units.
Anybody know anything about these short barreled N frames? Seems that the 4" units are the smallest offered for sale now.
They made several 3" N frames back then in stainless and at least one in blue.
S&W makes at least two, the 329 .44 Mags (Nightguard & Backpacker) with two and a half inch barrels.
They've also made 3" .45 ACP N frames, and those are sought after by folks.
I am picking up a 327 NightGuard this week. It is an 8-shot, .357 with a 2.5" barrel.
Have 3 of the 3" M657s.
I have a 3" Model 29, a 3" Model 25-5, a 3" 325 and a 3" 625 which is here:
Well...after a little more effort..actually VERY little more effort, I found several listed for sale on Gunbroker. bad news is, they don't seem as rare as I thought, but good news is they are going for more money than I thought they'd be worth!:supergrin:
Not thinking of parting with them right now, but always nice to know the worth of something you haven't used in a long time.
Here's the 29 with the original grips.
And the 657 with some Pachmeyers...maybe not a good idea with hot loads as seems like the wooden ones slip a little and help with the recoil.
Generally, 3" and 5" bring more $$s.
I have the 3" 629-5 and an almost 3" (2.75) 325PD
..and a bunch of other three inch revolvers.:supergrin:
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