Most people bought a .44 magnum, fired a cylinder full, decided they had made a bad mistake, and either put the gun away or sold it. The big gun, by now called the Model 29, didn't really catch on until the first Dirty Harry movie debuted in 1971. Then the market went insane. You couldn't find a Model 29 even if you had the money to buy it. That nonsense aside, I think the S&W Model 29 is the finest American revolver ever made, better even than the Python, or the S&W Triple Lock, and if you can afford one that was made in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, with all forged parts, break the bank for it.