S&W 629 PERFORMANCE CENTER SNUB NOSE – THE ULTIMATE SELF DEFENSE REVOLVER?
The Ultimate Wheel Gun
In the world of wheelguns, the word legendary comes to mind when talking about the Smith and Wesson 629 Performance Center 44 Magnum. Mention 44 Magnum to my sister and she immediately starts to quote detective Callahan from the movie Dirty Harry. For us wheel gun fanatics mention 44 Magnum and we think Elmer Keith and Smith and Wesson Performance Center. Though Elmer Keith is regarded as the father of the 44 Magnum, Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry made it famous.
Table Top Review
Physically, the Smith & Wesson Model 629 snubnose makes a nice carry firearm. It’s only 7 in long overall, but weighs in at a hefty 39.6 ounces. Does this make the snubbie too heavy for concealed carry? The way to combat weight is a solid holster and good quality belt. With the proper setup this could be one of the best and most versatile CCW revolvers for protection against 2 legged and 4 legged predators. The trigger is neither too heavy nor too light, but is smooth as glass. The Double Action trigger pull comes in at 9lbs and the single action tops out at 3 1/2 pounds.
My only concern with this being a full time carry revolver is the adjustable rear sight. So I set out to resolve this potential issue by changing out the rear sight with something a bit more heavy duty.