In the late 1960s, Smith & Wesson started a project to provide Vietnam-deployed SEAL Teams with a modified S&W Model 39 9mm pistol that included a slide lock and threaded barrel for a suppressor as well as a 14+1 magazine capacity, a big jump from the Model 39’s standard 8+1 load.
The gun, intended for NSW use to silence sentries or their dogs, became dubbed the “Hush Puppy.”
Note the chest holster…Hush Puppy inside
Well, by 1971, Smith thought the basic model, sans suppressor-ready features, would make a good gun for LE and the consumer markets and introduced it as the more polished S&W Model 59, which soon saw some serious success in the hands of Disco-era police, including a regular appearance on cop shows of the era.
More in my column at Guns.com.
I came across this bad boy in our warehouse at Guns.com.
An early 4-inch Smith & Wesson Model 629 (no dash) .44 Mag from around 1981-82, back when the company billed the gun as the “Stainless Magnum” because such a thing was rare.
Recessed and pinned, red target insert, target hammer, serrated trigger, custom grips. Nice
The 629, introduced in 1979, was the stainless version of Elmer Keith’s Model 29, which was first introduced back in the 1950s.
This bad boy.
One of the coolest things about this particular 629 I came across is that it is named to what is likely a Texas lawman who picked up his commission 46 years ago.
That’s something you don’t see every day.
If anyone knows of a “B.F. Parrish” who wore a badge in Texas in the 1970s, drop me a line.