S&W 629-3 Classic 5"

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  1. Tim

    Tim I am....an Enchanter. Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    I'm thinking of letting this one go. Thoughts on current value?

    5" 629-3 Classic
    .44 Mag

    Excellent condition mechanically, SDM front sight, I forget the maker on the stocks, but I have the original Hogues in the original factory box along with paperwork.

    Finish...when I got this it was super high polished. I mean, it was straight up pimptastic. So, I had Silent Bob at Upstate Armory Group bead blast it to a matte finish. That may have been nearly 7-10 years ago. This model has laser etched (vs engraved) markings, so after the bead blast you can barely make them out. SN is engraved properly and not affected in any way.

    It's seen very little use while I've had it.

    Thoughts on value?
     
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    Jeppo Very LARGE Member Supporting Member

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    Any chance you have the box? If so, the product sku would help a lot.

    The Standard Catalog of S&W shows the original 629-3 Classic Stainless as well as the 629-3 Classic Hunter I and II. From the serial number, best guess is production around 1993 which was the year they introduced the -4. For the Classic, it lists prices as:
    NIB $1,000
    Exc $850
    VG $700
    It also mentions a 50% premium for 5” barrel.
     
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    Tim I am....an Enchanter. Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    Thanks. I should have been more descriptive. I have the SW STD catalog as well, but I've found those values to be less than accurate when compared to the actual market. Not their fault, values are a regional and cyclical thing as some stuff gains popularity and others decline.

    Although in this case the catalog may be closer to reality than usual. Recently completed gunbroker sales have been ~$9-1,200
     
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    Yeah, prices are all over the map. Just last night I was bidding on a gun and eventually backed out when "the other guy" had driven it up to much more than double what I saw in the SCSW.
     
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    What effect will the bead blasting have on the price?
     
  6. Tim

    Tim I am....an Enchanter. Staff Member Benefactor Charter Life Member

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    That's a big part of my question. This is definitely a shooter, not a collector.
     
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    I'd say $900ish due to the bead blasting. Heckuva nice looking shooter, though.
     

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