New Smith & Wesson 929: 8-Shot 9mm Revolver

Chambered for the most popular handgun cartridge currently made, the Smith & Wesson 929 is an 8-shot 9mm revolver from the Performance Center.

Introduced in December of 2013, Smith & Wesson posted a teaser video for the new model 929 revolver on YouTube. In it, the company described the revolver, many of its features and how it was tuned by the Performance Center. Additionally, the video explained why the new S&W 929, a full-size revolver, was chambered for the 9mm cartridge.

9mm revolver 8 shot

The new 929 revolver is a product of the Smith & Wesson Performance Center, and it appears to be built for competition. The gun holds eight rounds in the titanium cylinder and will likely use full moon clips like most of the other rimless cartridge revolvers the company has made.

Barrel length is 6.5″ long and is ported. A glass bead finish is standard.

Performance Center 9mm compensator

The gun ships with a 10-pound double-action (DA) trigger pull, and a 3.5-4 pound single-action (SA) trigger pull. Hogue synthetic grips are standard.

The 929 is not the first 9mm revolver made by Smith & Wesson. I doubt it will be the last either. Prior models include the model 940, a Centennial model that held five rounds and could be had with a 1.5″, 2″ or 3″ barrel. An Airweight version of the gun, the 942, was prototyped, but never produced. (More on the 942 can be found in the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson.)

Smith and Wesson Model 929

I believe this is the first Smith & Wesson revolver to use the 929 model number. Some of the revolver model numbers have been recycled over the years, but I did not find any prior reference to it in my reference literature. If you know of another 929 model, please let me know in the comments section below.

Smith 929 close


Smith & Wesson official announced the 929, providing some additional information. The following is a better photo of the model 929 and the specifications given. Also, the company announced the addition of a second 9mm revolver: the model 986 Pro Series.

Smith & Wesson 929 9mm Revolver


  • removable compensator
  • cylinder cut for moon clips
  • chrome trigger and hammer
  • hand-tuned action
929 cylinder on 929 Performance Center revolver

Smith & Wesson 929 Specifications

Capacity8 rounds
Actiontraditional DA/SA
Barrel Length6.5″
Overall Length12.25″
Weight44.2 oz
SightsPatridge front, adjustable rear
Frame Materialstainless steel
MSRP (as of 6/26/2022)$1,269

Last Update: June 26, 2022

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35 replies on “New Smith & Wesson 929: 8-Shot 9mm Revolver”

I just picked up my 986 today, cant wait to shoot it.
Some of the comments out here are so funny. Why do people who have no interest in a product have such an overwhelming urge to comment on it.
Oh yes, I have a 929 on order. Wish smith would make another run of 646 .40S&W revolvers.

Realizing the 929 is a competition revolver, I still would like to know if S&W made a speed loader for this model or think it would be feasible?

Using the. Moon clips that com with the 629 works better than a speed loader. load 8 cartridges at once and eject 8 shells all at once.

I don’t know anything about the gun,but if SMITH AND WESSON made it,you have the craftsmanship that we have grown to know,I am aS&W person and Iove the 9mm,caliber.I am older now and have arthritis and I don’t have the strength in my hands like I use to.All the s&w I have are revolvers J,K,and N Frame guns,from 22 22MAG 32 41 MAG 45 LONG COLT .The 9mm s&w are my favorite. I have 2 models 547 as well as 2 of the models 940,Even though I don’t know how the new 9mm will perform I will take a chance with the
gun.I know this post won’t help because I don’t know anything about the gun it self,but the name SMITH AND WESSON, should be all a shooter needs,and in 50years from
now it may turn out to be like the KK
MASTERPIECE,or the 547 I saw on GB or Gun auction had a bid of $1650.00 and the auction was not over yet.And the 940 I saw sell for buy now@ $1300.00.although I paid less for the 4 that I got,2 of each,you know keep one that is NIB with all the paperwork,and the other to shoot.You know you only go around once in this life and it’s only money

Nice Gap. Performance center are the head assemblers. No gunsmith worth his salt would let something that hideous out the door. That frame looks like garbage.

What I would like to see is a compact model, that would be worth owning.

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