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6/21/2017 8:25:40 PM
Posted: 11/7/2011 7:30:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/21/2011 5:49:46 AM EDT by Warhawk]
How many of us have a S&W Mountain Gun or two? The 629 MG is my all time favorite firearm and is the one they will "pry from my cold dead hand" someday.

My latest acquisition is this 686 Mountain Gun. This thing is so sweet that I can't believe it isn't a standard catalog item.




I bought my first Mountain "Revolver" shortly after it came out in the late '80s. The original owner bought it, shot it a few times and the recoil was too much so he traded it in. His loss was my gain. The 629-2 was the original and was called the Mountain "Revolver", later versions were marked MOUNTAIN GUN.

S&W has also made Mountain Guns in .45 Colt, .41 Magnum, and .45 ACP in both blue and stainless.

I like the 629-2 so well that a few years ago I ran across a 629-5 Mountain Gun and bought it as a backup. I put a Crimson Trace laser grip on this one, and have put the "red dot of death" on the head of a couple of feral hogs.

686
629-2
629-5

Link Posted: 11/7/2011 7:36:32 AM EDT
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 9:13:35 AM EDT
I had a 686 Mountain Gun and sold it like a complete idiot.
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 11:57:15 AM EDT
Yep.

I was watching one on GB a week or two ago, I believe it went for over $900.
Little to rich for me right now.
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 12:56:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 2hawk:
Yep.

I was watching one on GB a week or two ago, I believe it went for over $900.
Little to rich for me right now.


Wow, I've never even seen another one to know what the price should be. I paid a regular 686 price for this one. Doesn't matter, I'm not selling it. I've had both the 3 and 4 inch 686 CS-1 models, and I like this MG better than either one.

Link Posted: 11/7/2011 1:03:52 PM EDT
I had a 29-8 Mountain Gun 'til I gave it to my son-in-law last year for hog hunting in Alabama.

My model 22 is serving as a stand-in. Same 4" tapered barrel N-frame, but in .45 ACP with fixed sights. Stoked with .45 Supers it makes an okay woods walkin' gun.
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 2:54:35 PM EDT
A few months ago I finally got my grail gun, a 686 7 shot pre lock mountain gun.

It warms my heart to hold.

I must admit I am happy to see an interest in revolvers growing here on ARFCOM there are even regular threads in GD about 357 mag now a days that are mostly positive.
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 3:03:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SD307:
A few months ago I finally got my grail gun, a 686 7 shot pre lock mountain gun.

It warms my heart to hold.

I must admit I am happy to see an interest in revolvers growing here on ARFCOM there are even regular threads in GD about 357 mag now a days that are mostly positive.


It is a fantastic gun isn't it? If I was running Smith & Wesson there would be a lot more of them.

About the only S&W I still want have on my list is a 3 1/2 inch model 27, preferably nickel with stag grips.


Link Posted: 11/7/2011 4:15:14 PM EDT
You've got to appreciate that Mountain Gun with the old pencil barrel profile. I've got a no-lock 29-5, I believe purchased in 2000. Slicked up by the boys at C&S and a new front sight, it shoots mostly .44 Specials, and sits in the bed stand. I love a good N-Frame.
Link Posted: 11/7/2011 5:00:17 PM EDT
I would love to get a Mountain Gun in .45LC?
Link Posted: 11/11/2011 1:22:39 PM EDT
I picked up a 45LC Mt gun a few months ago, been keeping my eye out for one for years and always told myself if I came across one i would buy it, and glad I did. I really like that 357 Mt gun I would definately put that as a must buy if I saw one. S&W should take note and put out more of these.
Link Posted: 11/11/2011 2:13:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/11/2011 2:14:07 PM EDT by Warhawk]
The 629 Mountain Gun is no longer a catalog item, but they make it for Cabelas.

Not mine, a pic I found elsewhere on ARFCOM of the Cabelas "Outfitter" 629.
Link Posted: 11/11/2011 4:15:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By CEK:
I picked up a 45LC Mt gun a few months ago, been keeping my eye out for one for years and always told myself if I came across one i would buy it, and glad I did. I really like that 357 Mt gun I would definately put that as a must buy if I saw one. S&W should take note and put out more of these.


I agree. Don't make me buy a Redhawk!
Link Posted: 11/15/2011 8:02:14 AM EDT
I have four, I bought two 29-8s for my grandsons. Consecutive ser #. They are four screw to boot. Unfired new in box still.
One 625-7 in 45 Colt
One 629-5 in 44 mag
Link Posted: 11/16/2011 12:13:23 PM EDT
Sorry for my ignorance, but what makes a "Mountain Gun" a "Mountain Gun"?

I really want to get a 29 or 329 or 629 in a 4" to 5" barrel. Why would it be better for me to get the Mountain Gun?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 11/16/2011 12:37:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2011 12:38:54 PM EDT by Warhawk]
Originally Posted By argolfer:
Sorry for my ignorance, but what makes a "Mountain Gun" a "Mountain Gun"?

I really want to get a 29 or 329 or 629 in a 4" to 5" barrel. Why would it be better for me to get the Mountain Gun?

Thanks.


Mainly the lightweight barrel profile. Then the 629's have a chamfer on the front of the cylinder, my 686 MG doesn't have this chamfer.

The 629 Mountain Guns are lighter than the standard barrel 29/629 4 inch. Not much on paper but noticeable in the hand. THe 686 MG is quite a bit lighter.

Link Posted: 11/16/2011 1:20:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By argolfer:
Sorry for my ignorance, but what makes a "Mountain Gun" a "Mountain Gun"?

I really want to get a 29 or 329 or 629 in a 4" to 5" barrel. Why would it be better for me to get the Mountain Gun?

Thanks.


Most of the stainless handguns like the 617, 629, & 686 have full barrel lugs to absorb recoil. There are many who like me hate the full barrel lug. It makes the revolver nose heavy making it point low on the first shot out of the holster. Mountain guns have a half lug like a blued gun and they also have a light profile barrel. As stated above the 629s also have a lighter cylinder.
Link Posted: 11/16/2011 6:52:18 PM EDT
I bought my 629-6 used for $550 in what I can only assume was in unfired condition. I made my own kydex holster and speed loader pouches and I shoot it at my local carbine shoot next to Glocks and 1911s. I love it!

Link Posted: 11/18/2011 6:08:16 AM EDT
"Not for Sale"

Link Posted: 11/18/2011 6:13:38 AM EDT
I agree that 686 Mountain gun looks sweet.

It may have some internal flaws that you can not visually detect, however.

Therefore you need to send it to me for proper disposal immediately.

Why take the risk?
Link Posted: 11/18/2011 6:23:52 AM EDT
So the Mountain Gun is a lightweight...ah I get it...the Mountain Man's everyday carry! Big power when you need it light weight for everyday carry in the boondocks...just like the lightweight short barreled mountain rifles...

Makes sense to me now...
Link Posted: 11/19/2011 5:58:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2011 5:59:43 AM EDT by Milo5]
I sold off all my other .45 Colt handguns including my Colt SAA and kept the Mountain Gun I pictured.
It is that good a revolver!

I would like to get my 25-7 back but it is long gone.
Link Posted: 11/19/2011 7:00:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Milo5:
I sold off all my other .45 Colt handguns including my Colt SAA and kept the Mountain Gun I pictured.
It is that good a revolver!

I would like to get my 25-7 back but it is long gone.


I traded for one of the early 45 Colt Mountain Guns. I had a 629-2 MG and liked it so well that I picked up the 625. But the one I had wouldn't shoot, in fact it was the only Smith I ever had that wouldn't group for me. Knowing what I know now, I suspect it had tight forcing cones. I wish I'd kept it and figured it out.

Link Posted: 11/19/2011 7:19:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Warhawk:
Originally Posted By Milo5:
I sold off all my other .45 Colt handguns including my Colt SAA and kept the Mountain Gun I pictured.
It is that good a revolver!

I would like to get my 25-7 back but it is long gone.


I traded for one of the early 45 Colt Mountain Guns. I had a 629-2 MG and liked it so well that I picked up the 625. But the one I had wouldn't shoot, in fact it was the only Smith I ever had that wouldn't group for me. Knowing what I know now, I suspect it had tight forcing cones. I wish I'd kept it and figured it out.



This might interest you then.
The early 25-5 .45 Colt revolvers had .454 bores and rather generous forcing cone but kept the tighter .45 acp dimensions in the cylinder chambers.
The 25-7 was the first .45 Colt revolver that tightened the bore and forcing cone to correct dimensions to match the cylinder chambers.
Mine was incredibly accurate, so much so that I am still trying to figure out what possessed me to let that gun go.
Link Posted: 11/19/2011 8:07:01 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/19/2011 8:07:35 AM EDT by Warhawk]
Originally Posted By Milo5:
Originally Posted By Warhawk:
Originally Posted By Milo5:
I sold off all my other .45 Colt handguns including my Colt SAA and kept the Mountain Gun I pictured.
It is that good a revolver!

I would like to get my 25-7 back but it is long gone.


I traded for one of the early 45 Colt Mountain Guns. I had a 629-2 MG and liked it so well that I picked up the 625. But the one I had wouldn't shoot, in fact it was the only Smith I ever had that wouldn't group for me. Knowing what I know now, I suspect it had tight forcing cones. I wish I'd kept it and figured it out.



This might interest you then.
The early 25-5 .45 Colt revolvers had .454 bores and rather generous forcing cone but kept the tighter .45 acp dimensions in the cylinder chambers.
The 25-7 was the first .45 Colt revolver that tightened the bore and forcing cone to correct dimensions to match the cylinder chambers.
Mine was incredibly accurate, so much so that I am still trying to figure out what possessed me to let that gun go.


I used the wrong terminology, should have said chamber throats and not forcing cones.

I would love to find another Mountain Gun in 45 Colt, for a reasonable price.

Link Posted: 12/2/2011 7:05:31 PM EDT
Here's my 629-5 Mountain Gun:

Link Posted: 12/2/2011 8:09:34 PM EDT
625-6 in .45 Colt.

Not for sale.
Link Posted: 12/2/2011 8:35:09 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sockrotter:
625-6 in .45 Colt.
<a href="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/191/ahrends4.jpg/" target="_blank">http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/2590/ahrends4.jpg</a>
Not for sale.


Link Posted: 1/2/2012 6:56:48 PM EDT
Late to the party!

Link Posted: 1/2/2012 7:05:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/2/2012 7:06:27 PM EDT by RedFalconBill]

Originally Posted By Warhawk:
How many of us have a S&W Mountain Gun or two? The 629 MG is my all time favorite firearm and is the one they will "pry from my cold dead hand" someday.

My latest acquisition is this 686 Mountain Gun. This thing is so sweet that I can't believe it isn't a standard catalog item.


A pre lock 7 shot 686 Mountain Gun.

I hate you.

j/k about the hate thing.
Link Posted: 1/2/2012 7:08:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RedFalconBill:

Originally Posted By Warhawk:
How many of us have a S&W Mountain Gun or two? The 629 MG is my all time favorite firearm and is the one they will "pry from my cold dead hand" someday.

My latest acquisition is this 686 Mountain Gun. This thing is so sweet that I can't believe it isn't a standard catalog item.
<a href="http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/P1030937.JPG" target="_blank">http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/P1030937.JPG</a>

A pre lock 7 shot 686 Mountain Gun.

I hate you.

j/k about the hate thing.


LOL ... It's the only one I've ever seen, lock or no lock. I can't imagine why it isn't a regular catalog item.
Link Posted: 1/16/2012 4:08:02 PM EDT
I just let one of my best friends have the one I had gotten in a trade a few years ago. I still liked my 4in 686 round but better and with a dozen speed loaders from work didn’t think I needed the seven shot.

Link Posted: 1/17/2012 12:35:06 PM EDT
I found a 629 Mountain Gun a couple of years ago. It needed some work and it drew blood every time I shot it. I fixed the internals and put a Hogue .500 S&W grip on it. Now it is much more fun to shoot.
Link Posted: 1/17/2012 1:53:42 PM EDT
Nice pistols.
Link Posted: 1/17/2012 4:38:22 PM EDT
I have a M-625 with the full lug 5" barrel in .45acp....I just ordered a 4" Mountain Gun barrel for it from Midway....It is on back order and should be here sometime next month...I can't wait to get the barrels swapped out....!
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