03 August, 2010

Smith & Wesson Model 29

Caliber: .44 Magnum
Range: 14/28/56
Damage:2d8
RoF: 1
Weight: 3lbs
Shots: 6rds
Cost: $760, Speedloader $11
Notes: AP1, Double-Action, Revolver

The gun forever identified with Inspector Harry Callahan.  Introduced in 1956, the Model 29 was for many years the most powerful handgun available, until supplanted by Freedom Arms .454 Casull revolver in 1983.  By the early 1970s the pistol had lost much of its glamor and was considered a curiosity, the purview of collectors and some law enforcement officers.  While working on Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood had two Model 29s built from parts for the film – the model having been dropped from the S&W line.  The resulting screen appearance greatly increased the desirability of the revolver, and the Model 29 has remained popular, and in production, ever since.
The Model 29 comes in several factory barrel lengths – stats for the 6 1/2″ barrel are above – but will also work for the 8 3/6″ and 10 5/8″ versions as well.  The 4″ and 5″ barrels use the stat block above but with a range of 12/24/48.

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