View Full Version : S&W 629 4" or 5" Classic????

09-22-2011, 10:51 AM
I' buying my first revolver & looking for opinions. Primary use: carry along as backup during hunting deer & bear.

4" is slightly lighter, compact

5" has full underlug

I'm guessing that I cant go wrong with either one but any input is appreciated.

Army GI
09-22-2011, 11:01 AM
Unless you're shooting silhouette, go for the 4". Especially since you mentioned it'll primarily be a backup gun. You'd be glad you did.

ETA: Don't get me wrong, the longer barrel revolvers certainly look cooler. But you won't really notice the difference. Let me assure you that a 4" 44 mag revolver is still a pretty hefty handgun. That's already getting bigger than a 1911.

09-22-2011, 12:12 PM
I have a beautiful 4" 629. Shoot and carry one before you buy. I love this gun and would never consider selling it, but it's a handful. If you're in the area, you're welcome to try mine.

If you do get one, try a set of X frame Hogue grips, they make a big difference.

09-22-2011, 12:35 PM
I inherited the 4" M29 that I wear all day on my property. It's very handy and comfortable even working under equipment, etc, but, I am used to it. I carry snake shot and 44 spl loads. Very easy to shoot and while target shooting, 50 yards off hand on steel is fairly easy. Shooting mag loads for fun is where I really wish it was a tad longer/heavier. For SD, I'd buy the 4". For mixed use, I'd buy 5-6". Just my 2 .

Mr. Beretta
09-22-2011, 12:37 PM
Get the 4" model!

If you have to use it, it will come out of the holster faster.

Good Luck.

09-22-2011, 2:15 PM
Thanks everybody, I was leaning toward the 4". And I have just placed my order! =)

09-22-2011, 11:35 PM
I find the 5" has perfect balance for me- but buy whatever suits you best!

Try and test fire them both if you can.


09-23-2011, 6:30 AM
I have 629 classic 5 and love it,4 is better for carry

09-23-2011, 7:24 AM
The 5" 629 Classic is perfectly balanced with trigger pull like butter and triger break like glass. Lighter than the Ruger.

09-23-2011, 12:50 PM
5" even though I own a 6". Look forward to pulling through all six chambers in a row. It's a great piece.