SW 29
S&W model 29 BB revolver from Umarex.

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This report covers:

  • Something cool
  • The test
  • Daisy Avanti Match Precision Ground shot
  • Hard to hold revolver steady
  • Hornady Black Diamond
  • Smart Shot
  • Holding steadier
  • Dust Devils
  • Crosman Black Widow
  • Double action
  • Summary

Today we shoot the S&W Model 29 .44 Magnum BB revolver for accuracy for the first time. It’s the first time because I am coming back to shoot it with pellets as well.

Something cool

Before we begin I want to show you something very cool that I found while testing today. It is a BB preform from a Daisy Precision Ground shot box. It’s a short section of wire that is fed into circular plates that roll it into a perfect sphere. This dropped out of a very old box of Daisy Precision Ground Shot.

S&W 29 BB preform
The cylinder is a BB preform that gets rolled into a perfect sphere. 

This preform weighs 7.9 grains. A Daisy Precision Ground Shot weighs 5.3-5.5-grains, so something must happen to the preform before or during the forming process. This has no relation to today’s report but I thought you would like to see it.

The test

I shot from 5 meters with the revolver rested on a UTG monopod. I was seated and used a two-hand hold. My sight picture was a 6 o’clock hold on the bull. I shot 6 shots per group and always in the single action mode until the final group. Let’s go!

Daisy Avanti Match Precision Ground shot

First up were six Daisy Avanti Match Precision Ground shot. They hit low and to the left of the bull. The group measures 1.863-inches at 5 meters. 

S&W 29 Precision Shot group 1
Six Daisy Precision Ground Shot went into 1.863-inches at 5 meters.

 I then adjusted the rear sight as high as it will go and also put in a lot of right adjustment. I shot a second group with the same BB.

This time 6 BBs went into a group that measures 1.45-inches between centers. It did move higher and also to the right. This one is a little smaller, but not that much.

S&W 29 Precision Shot group 2
On the second try I put 6 Precision Ground Shot into 1.45 inches at 5 meters. 

Hard to hold revolver steady

At this point I want to mention that I found the Model 29 very difficult to hold steady. It kept wobbling in my hand and also pulling to the left as I squeezed the trigger. As the test progressed I worked on ways to hold it steadier. I think the revolver is capable of shooting a lot better than my first two groups show.

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Hornady Black Diamond

Next to be tested were 6 Hornady Black Diamond BBs. This time I got a good hold for three shots but I found that the single action trigger pull was too heavy for me to shoot all six well. Six BBs went into 1.438-inches at 10 meters, but look at the three that are together. Their centers are only 0.225-inches apart. I think they are representative of the true accuracy of this revolver.

S&W 29 Hornady group
Six Hornady Black Diamond BBs made a 1.438-inch group, with three in 0.225-inches.

Smart Shot

Next to be tried were the heavier lead H&N Excite Smart Shot lead BBs. Six made an open 1.162-inch group. It’s the smallest group so far but I didn’t get a good feeling when shooting these. I don’t think they are right for the Model 29.

S&W 29 Smart Shot group
The S&W Model 29 put 6 H&N Smart Shot lead BBs into 1.162-inches at 5 meters.

Holding steadier

By this time in the test I was holding the revolver steadier. The front sight is very narrow in the rear notch and I’m still having some trouble keeping it from pulling to the left.

Dust Devils

Next up were some Air Venturi Dust Devils. They do fit the cartridges very loosely, but I was surprised by their accuracy. Six made a group that measures 1.413-inches between centers. I expected a group of two inches or more, so this BB works in the Model 29.

S&W 29 Dust Devil group
Six Dust Devils went into 1.413-inches at 5 meters. Better than expected.

Crosman Black Widow

The last BB I tested was the Crosman Black Widow. I have had unusually good luck with these in several tests in the recent past and I was hoping they would also be the best with the Model 29. And they were! Six Black Widows made a 0.973-inch group at 5 meters, with 5 shots in just 0.406-inches. I had finally mastered holding the revolver, plus I think the Black Widows are the most accurate BBs in this revolver.

S&W 29 Black Widow group
Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about! Six Crosman Black Widow BBs went into 0.973-inches at 5 meters, with 5 in 0.406-inches.

Well there is no doubt about which BB is the most accurate in the test pistol today. I wanted to do one more test, and for that Black Widows got the nod.

Double action

Reader Snake45 said that he found his revolver did best when shot double action, so I wanted to try that. I loaded six Black Widows and proceeded to shoot them double action at another target. This time the revolver was difficult to control and wobbled from side to side. Six BBs made a group that measures 1.884-inches between centers. I do see that the cylinder advances and stops before the shot is squeezed off, and maybe with practice I could do better, but I’m not going to try. This is the end of today’s test.

S&W 29 Black Widow double action group
Shooting double action I was able to put 6 Black Widow pellets into a 1.884-inch group at 5 meters.


The S&W Model 29 BB revolver has the potential for extreme accuracy at close range. It needs the right BB to be sure and I believe that will be a conventional steel BB.

This was an interesting test. Next time we try pellets.