Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 596: Hank Williams Jr Presented Smith & Wesson Prototype 629 Revolver

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Smith & Wesson Prototype Model 629 Double Action Revolver with Case and Roy Jinks Letter Presented to Hank Williams Jr.

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $8,000

Smith & Wesson Prototype Model 629 Double Action Revolver with Case and Roy Jinks Letter Presented to Hank Williams Jr.

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 629
Type: Revolver
Gauge: 44 Magnum
Barrel: 6 inch solid rib
Finish: stainless
Grip: Goncalo Alves
Stock:
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 389
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

This prototype stainless .44 Magnum revolver was one of the 139 produced in 1978 for testing the new Model 629. Per the included letter from Roy Jinks on S&W letterhead to country music icon Hank Williams Jr., this was done in response to Ruger, who was in development on their own stainless .44 Magnum revolver. The letter also states that this revolver sat in the company vault for over ten years until it was released for presentation on Williams' 40th birthday in May, 1989. The sideplate is engraved with "HANK" over his trademark rising phoenix with "40" in the center and "May 26, 1949" (Williams' birthday) underneath. In addition, the letter states that only 75 of these first 139 revolvers made it through testing, making this revolver even more rare. Included is a factory hardwood display case, unmarked factory box, and certificate of authenticity confirming Hank Williams Jr.'s ownership of this revolver. Provenance: The Hank Williams Jr.'s Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent, showing only minor handling evidence and light cylinder drag line. The grips are very fine with some minor varnish loss along the bottom of the left panel. The case is very fine with light storage wear. Mechanically excellent.



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