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    A nice old S&W 44 Magnum

    This gun just arrived today and sure cleaned up nicely. I got 50+ years of gunk out and applied a coat of Renaissance Wax. It came with rubber grips, which I immediately swapped out for a mint set of vintage Coke stocks, which are correct for this gun. The gun joins my other pre-model 29 and they are only 77 apart in serial numbers. Both shipped in the summer of 1957. S&W started using model numbers in 1958.

    Today's pre-model 29, shipped July 1957:

    20190812_183822.jpg

    My other pre-29, shipped June 1957:

    user263133_pic15968_1490487835.jpg
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    Nice old S&W. Glad to see you went the extra 50 cents and got enough barrel.
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    Those are beauts!!
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    Very nice indeed. I am envious, in a good way.
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    Very nice! same years I was shipped 1957.....lol 61 years ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35REMSHOOTER View Post
    Very nice! same years I was shipped 1957.....lol 61 years ago
    My sister was born in August of 57, so momma was still packing her around when both these guns were made.
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    my two S&W 29,s, I don,t shoot them to much any more. I went to a S&W 624.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark Bait View Post
    This gun just arrived today and sure cleaned up nicely. I got 50+ years of gunk out and applied a coat of Renaissance Wax. It came with rubber grips, which I immediately swapped out for a mint sent of vintage Coke stocks, which are correct for this gun. The gun joins my other pre-model 29 and they are only 77 apart in serial numbers. Both shipped in the summer of 1957. S&W started using model numbers in 1958.

    Today's pre-model 29, shipped July 1957:



    20190812_183822.jpg

    My other pre-29, shipped June 1957:

    user263133_pic15968_1490487835.jpg
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    I see a pattern here. Original diamond grips from the 50's and early 60's. Great acquisition. I am scheduled to pick up my N-Frame 25-2 this week after 10 days in quarantine courtesy of the State of Ca. Only a 69-71 SN. No diamond grip

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    HerrSchutz, you are correct. Many of my favorite Smiths have the old diamond stocks. IIRC, they stopped the diamond in the 70s. The stocks on the two guns above are what people call Cokes, because they have a slight palm swell on each side that gives them a profile similar to an old coke bottle when viewed from behind. Cokes also have a larger checkered area than the standard diamond targets of that period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark Bait View Post
    HerrSchutz, you are correct. Many of my favorite Smiths have the old diamond stocks. IIRC, they stopped the diamond in the 70s. The stocks on the two guns above are what people call Cokes, because they have a slight palm swell on each side that gives them a profile similar to an old coke bottle when viewed from behind. Cokes also have a larger checkered area than the standard diamond targets of that period.

    user263133_pic18995_1539109101.jpg
    Very nice lookin' Smith! Don't know about the Mod 29 but the diamond grips were dropped from the K frames ~1968. Someday I will have to replace my former 1980 Mod 29 which I stupidly sold some 20 years ago.
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