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There’s something gratifying about maintaining your own firearms. It’s not just about keeping them in top-notch condition, but also understanding the intricacies of their design. Today, I’ll share my knowledge on how to clean one of the most iconic revolvers, the Smith & Wesson Model 29.

This beast of a gun deserves the best care, and I’m here to show you how. We’ll delve into the step-by-step process, the do’s and don’ts, and the tools you’ll need. Whether you’re a seasoned gun enthusiast or a newbie, this guide will have your Model 29 gleaming and functioning flawlessly in no time.

So, let’s get started. This isn’t just a chore, it’s a labor of love. And trust me, your Smith & Wesson Model 29 will thank you for it. Stay tuned, and I promise you’ll learn something new.

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools

Before we delve into the actual cleaning process of your Smith & Wesson Model 29, it’s critical to have all the necessary tools on hand. Personally, I like to organize my workspace in advance. It speeds up the process and adds an element of safety by reducing lost parts or misplaced tools.

Here’s a list of what you’d need:

  • Gun Cleaning Solvent: This will break down the built-up residue.
  • Bore Brush: Get it specifically for your .44 Magnum. It’s perfect for scrubbing inside the gun’s barrel.
  • Cleaning Rod: Ideal for removing stubborn dirt and grime.
  • Cotton Swabs: Reach those tight spots conveniently. Buy them in bulk!
  • Microfiber Towels: Soft and absorbent. They won’t scratch your firearm.
  • Punch: You’ll likely need this for disassembling and reassembling your Model 29.
  • Cleaning Patches: Used with the cleaning rod to wipe residues off completely.
  • Gun Oil: To lubricate and protect the gun’s internal components.

Prepare a clean, well-lit area to work in. A table with a non-slip cover does just fine. You’d also do well to have compartments for storing small parts to avoid losing them as you disassemble the gun.

This step seems simple, I understand. But that doesn’t overshadow its importance. Trust me, recognizable patterns in your cleaning process will help you become more efficient in maintaining your weapon over time.

Safety note: Ensure your gun is unloaded before starting the cleaning process. Safety should always be the priority when handling firearms.

Step 2: Ensure Safety First

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of cleaning your Smith & Wesson Model 29, let’s stress upon the critical aspect of safety. Remember, a firearm as potent as the Model 29 needs your utmost attention and respect, even when it’s in cleaning mode.

First thing’s first, the gun must be unloaded. I’m sure you’ve heard this a thousand times, and I bet you’ll hear it a thousand more. It’s simply that crucial. This means completely removing any ammunition from the firearm. Check the cylinder, the barrel, and be certain there’s no stray round that could cause an accident.

You’ve probably seen people clean their guns with a round in the chamber ‘just in case.’ That’s not just dangerous, it’s irresponsible. Truth be told, there’s no ‘just in case’ when cleaning your firearm, only standard safety protocols.

After you’ve ensured the gun is unloaded, clear your workspace of any distractions. This isn’t a task you do while watching the game or chatting on the phone. It’s easy to underestimate the level of focus required for this process. Distractions can lead to mistakes and mistakes can be extremely hazardous when dealing with firearms.

Also, make sure you’re working in a well-lit, clean and airy environment. Proper lighting can assist you in spotting any debris stuck in hard-to-reach parts. A clean workspace helps you keep track of your tools and parts, and the fresh air is necessary because cleaning products can emit potent fumes which aren’t exactly great for your lungs.

To recap, before you even touch a brush or cleaning solvent:

  • Unload the gun
  • Clear distractions
  • Clean and well-lit workspace

Follow these procedures, and you’re setting the stage for a successful, safe cleaning session. Building habits around safety will not only protect you but also help maintain the condition of your Smith & Wesson Model 29. Let’s move forward and delve into the actual cleaning process, shall we?

Step 3: Disassemble the Smith & Wesson Model 29

Knowing how to correctly disassemble your Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a crucial part of the cleaning process. Let’s look at how it’s done.

First, you’ll need to release the cylinder. On the left side of your Model 29, there’s a cylinder release. Push it forward, and swing out the cylinder.

Once you’ve done that, inspect every part of the gun. Be sure that the cylinder crane (which is the arm holding the cylinder) freely rotates. Also, check if the ejector rod (the long rod in the center of the cylinder) isn’t bent or damaged.

Next, pay attention to the cylinder itself. Look at the six “chambers” where the bullets go. You’ll also see six “bores” where the bullets exit from. Check for any obvious dirt or damage.

After ensuring that these parts are clear and in good shape, let’s look at the frame. This is the main “body” of the gun. It’s here where the trigger is located. Again, look for any signs of dirt or damage.

Lastly, we’ll check the barrel. Check the inside, known as the “bore”, by pointing it away from you and looking through it, ensuring it’s clear.

Step 4: Clean the Barrel and Cylinder

There’s something satisfying about getting to Step 4: Clean the Barrel and Cylinder. With the parts checked and ready, we’re at the core aspect of our Smith & Wesson Model 29 maintenance. Remember, cleaning the barrel and cylinder is not just crucial for the functionality but also for the overall lifespan of your firearm.

So how do we get those components spick and span?

For starters, I take a bore brush affixed to a cleaning rod and dip it in a good solvent such as Hoppe’s No.9. I then run it through the barrel and the cylinder bores several times. This will loosen up the residue, dirt, and gunk trapped in these areas.

Sometimes the fouling in the cylinder may be stubborn to remove. In such instances, I resort to a brass brush. Remember, the goal is to break down the residue while ensuring that the components are not damaged.

Next up, we’re swapping the bore brush for a patch holder fitted with a clean patch. Soak the patch with a quality gun oil and run it through the barrel and cylinder. This removes any leftover residue and adds a protective oil layer that prevents rusting.

If you’re new to this, don’t be disheartened if the patches come out dirty. That’s proof your efforts are working. Keep replacing the dirty patches with clean ones until they come out just about clear.

The most important areas to focus on cleaning are:

  • The barrel: Fouling leads to reduced accuracy.
  • The cylinder: Dirt affects the revolving action, preventing a good “lock up”.
  • The cylinder’s face and extractor: They affect how well the revolver cycles and fires.

Cleaning the Smith & Wesson Model 29 is a process that requires some elbow grease sure, but the efforts are well worth it. Regular maintenance will ensure that your handgun is always at its best performance and longevity.

Don’t forget:

  • Use a good quality solvent and gun oil.
  • Never use a wire brush as it can scratch the components.
  • Regular maintenance is the key to longer firearm lifespan.

Let’s move on to the next steps: reassembling and storing the gun correctly. I guarantee you’ll notice the difference it makes in the smoothness of your revolver’s operation.

Step 5: Clean the Frame and Slide

Moving on from the barrel, cylinder’s face, and extractor, we now focus on cleaning the frame and slide. The frame or body of the Smith & Wesson, and the slide which holds the trigger assembly, are the next areas for maintenance. This step is beneficial for the overall functionality and longevity of this handgun. As always, regular maintenance is your ticket to a well-functioning firearm.

As with the previous cleaning stages, you’ll start with the bore brush and solvent. With a gentle but firm hand, use the brush to scrub all visible areas of the frame. It’s time to say goodbye to dirt, grime, and residue that might have gathered there. Pay close attention to the slide, pivot points, grooves, and corners where gunk tends to accumulate the most.

Let’s move onto the slide. While cleaning, be mindful of the firing pin area and the extractor spring. A piece of cotton swab, soaked in solvent, is an ideal tool to clean the nooks and crannies of the slide. Remember: the goal is to eradicate all forms of carbon buildup in these sections.

After diligently scrubbing both frame and slide, let the solvent do its work. Make sure you leave it on for a few minutes. While waiting, you can inspect the rest of the gun for any spots or areas you might have missed.

Once the solvent has done its job, use a clean, lint-free cloth to wipe off the solvent from the frame and slide. You might find satisfaction in seeing the dirt come off onto the cloth.

The final touch to this cleaning step is the application of gun oil. A thin layer on the frame and slide provides a protective barrier against corrosion and damage. Now that slide and frame are looking pristine, we’ll move onto reassembling and storing the Smith & Wesson Model 29, a classic piece of firearms history.

Step 6: Lubricate and Reassemble

Moving onto the next stage of our Smith & Wesson Model 29 cleaning guide, we focus on the lubrication and reassembly.

Lubrication is an essential step with a tremendous impact on the overall functionality of your firearm. Proper lubrication reduces friction between moving parts, which can significantly extend the life of your gun. It’s important to use a gun-specific lubricant for this procedure; alternatives can degrade the firearm’s components.

To begin, select a high-quality firearm lubricant. Apply a small amount to the moving parts of the gun. Here’s a tip I often use: I apply the lubricant using a cotton swab for a precise application. This ensures each crevice gets the required lubrication without creating a mess.

Following lubrication, we go to the next part – reassembly. It’s as crucial as every step we’ve covered. Make sure you’re careful and attentive. Follow the manufacturer’s manual if you’re unsure of the process. Reassembling in the wrong order or configuration can damage the gun or impact its performance.

To reassemble your Smith & Wesson Model 29,

  • Put the barrel and slide back onto the frame.
  • Carefully replace the firearm’s pins and springs.
  • Slot the grips back into place.
  • Finally, check if all parts are secure, and the gun’s functionality is optimal.

It’s important to remember – Do not force any component during reassembly. If a part is resisting, it might not be correctly aligned. Take your time.

Through these detailed instructions, we’re arming you with the knowledge to successfully lubricate and reassemble your Smith & Wesson Model 29. As for the final step of our guide, we’ll discuss proper storage techniques, because even the best-maintained firearms require suitable storage conditions. We’ll cover this in the upcoming section.


You’ve now got the knowledge to clean your Smith & Wesson Model 29 like a pro. Remember, proper lubrication and careful reassembly are key to maintaining your revolver’s longevity and performance. Don’t rush the process – take your time to ensure every component is correctly in place. And always use a gun-specific lubricant for the best results. Next up, we’ll dive into how to store your Model 29 properly. With these skills, you’ll keep your Smith & Wesson in top shape for years to come. Happy cleaning!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the focus of step 6 in the guide on cleaning the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver?

A: Step 6 focuses on lubricating and reassembling the handgun.

Q: Why is proper lubrication important during the cleaning process?

A: Proper lubrication reduces friction between moving parts and extends the life of the gun.

Q: What lubricant should I use for the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver?

A: It is recommended to use a gun-specific lubricant for this revolver.

Q: How should I apply the lubricant?

A: Apply the lubricant with a cotton swab for precise application.

Q: Why is careful reassembly important?

A: Careful reassembly is important to avoid damaging the gun or impacting its performance.

Q: What should I avoid while reassembling the Model 29 revolver?

A: Avoid forcing any component during the reassembly process.

Q: What will the next step in the guide cover?

A: The next step will discuss proper storage techniques for the revolver.