The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a classic revolver model that was first introduced in the 1950s. Smith & Wesson continues to produce the model.
The Model 29 is a .44 caliber magnum revolver. Smith & Wesson also offers a .44 S&W Special version of the model. It has a carbon steel cylinder and frame and a walnut grip, and it fires 6 rounds.
The Model 29 is a larger revolver designed with law enforcement and outdoor sport shooting in mind. It was initially popular with law enforcement professionals upon its release, but proved to be impractical for policing purposes, as it does not offer quick follow-up shots. Clint Eastwood's character in "Dirty Harry" carried a Model 29, which made the revolver a popular collector's item. The revolver was prominently featured in the popular movies, so sales of the model soared.
In practice, the Model 29 is better suited for handgun hunting. The model is designed to serve as a powerful revolver that works well with big game hunting. Although it is lightweight compared to many newer handgun hunting revolver models, it can still work well as a hunting gun.
As of 2015, Smith & Wesson market the Model 29 as a collector's gun and a hunting gun. The company sells it under its "Classics" line.