This review is by JTH2 from Florida. He posted a short video that is truly amazing.
Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center “Jerry Miculek” Model 929 9mm, 8 shot, initially left me with a perplexed thought of… why? and what for? My days of competition were strictly .38 Special 6 shot revolver from 7-50 yds respectively. The epiphany that came over me as a wheel gunner was clear to the point that the 929 was not only for the competitor. With the 929, the average revolver shooter can shoot extensively and save quite a few pennies in care and feeding those addictive range visits. As we all know, fundamentals of marksmanship are fleeting and the enjoyment of such venue without running down the seeming elusive .38 special ammunition can be relaxing. My review of the 929 was skeptical and open minded to the end point that the 929 enables an entry level competition based revolver as well as a fine inexpensive plinker in the same venue. Retail was of course at the $1000.00 mark which could deter the average shooter from purchasing this excellent revolver. I felt that the low FMJ 9mm cost easily promotes the purchase. The revolver is a tick front heavy but, with an obvious purpose for the competition minded. The infamously new Smith “Spur” hammer is not something I fancy, having been spoiled most of my life with Smith Target Hammers and Triggers. Trigger pull is crisp with the typical liability minded 9lbs on average. Loading with full moon clips was 50% easier than loading full moons in my 8 shot. 357, PC model 327 (will save that for a later review). Smith doesn’t supply ample moon clips but, the availability is plentiful across the industry. The speed for reloads is lightening fast (but not quite as good as Jerry of course). Groupings with 115gr. ball were as expected (Sub 7″ groups at 25yds standing). The ability to remove the Compensator was a plus yet I doubt that I will ever remove it. In summary, the 929 is a true joy to shoot and does serve as double duty for me these days. 9mm is still at acceptable low prices and hopefully with continue to fall, promoting numerous ranges days in the future….well, at least for me.