Cool story! You should have kept those Pythons though. You could sell them and live comfortably the rest of your life if you sold them now. I've got a Python that was bequeathed to me by my brother-in-law in 1989 and I carried it until my department switched to Glocks. It's nickel plated, the grips are dinged up and the checkering on the right grip is almost worn smooth from seatbelt wear. This makes me like it even more than if it was in pristine condition.Hovannes wrote: ↑Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:38 pmMy Model 29 Story
I had two Pythons when I was a special constable and they were beautiful pieces of the gunsmith's art. They wore a pair of Herret's custom carved for my hand and were accurate with both my carry load, the then much respected 125 gr SJHP .357 as well as the .38s we trained with.
Then one day at the range, the Armorer let me try out a battered 6" K-38 from the evidence locker. It out shot my Pythons accuracy wise---I hadn't even sighted the K-38 in---clover leafs at 50 feet all in the x-ring.
Now I've never had trouble qualifying, but I'm definitely not that good! I reluctantly returned the K-38, it was department property and there was no way I could obtain it---I figured the dept. armorer must have"massaged" the action somehow.
He got to play with all the toys. I went back to my Pythons.
Not long after I got to shoot a Model 29.
With .44 magnums, other than UMCs now long gone mid-range LSWC load, it was a beast, but with 245 grain .44 Specials it was a near duplicate of the the 'ex-con" K-38 I yearned for.
Now an N frame is slightly larger and heavier than a Python for a holster arm, but the cruiser bound Highway Patrolmen I knew back then when revolvers were the standard for LEOs seemed to get along just fine with M-27 and M-28s, and as I worked in a mounted SAR unit I was able to do OK with the M-29, Bianchi holster and Sam Browne belt. I carried .44 Specials in it because Magnums were painful overkill on my end, make quick follow ups impossible, and would easily over penetrate any perp should I have to fire it in earnest (plus the Dept's lawyers weren't amused by the Dirty Harry stigma it conjured up)
So the Pythons got sold and I became a .44 aficionado.
I sort of miss my beautiful Pythons---sort of---but I wouldn't trade the M-29 for one. I have to hand load to afford to shoot her, but that's OK with me.
I still think the S&W N frame is perhaps one of the finest DA revolvers ever manufactured.
Now she's more of a safe queen, being way too large for CCW and cast bullets now being illegal in CA for hunting.
At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it
I have never owned a Model 29 but I do own a factory nickeled Model 28 (the poor man's Model 27). I took the puny wood grips off and put Pachmeyers on it and I do carry it concealed every once in a while in a Milt Sparks holster. It is heavy but I can pull it off due to my size. It's not much heavier than a 1911 to carry. The action on it is heavy, VERY heavy though and the difference between the trigger on it and the Python is like the difference between driving a Ford F150 and Maserati.