The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > Hogan's Alley > Handguns: The Revolver Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 18, 2008, 01:07 AM   #1
cottonmouth
Member
 
Join Date: February 18, 2007
Posts: 44
New to me M66-1 2 1/2 incher

Been wanting one of these for a while......,found this excellent Model 66-1 and just had to find some Spegel boot grips to put on her rear end.

I went to the range Friday and fired about three or four cylinders of Magtech 158 gr. 357's down range. This is a real sweet shooting revolver.

I was comparing my 3 inch M66 F Comp equipped with the oval ported barrel to this new to me M66-1 snub nose and although there is a noticeable reduction in muzzle flip, this all steel M66 snubie is a real pleasure to shoot.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_3912_800X.jpg (158.3 KB, 356 views)

Last edited by cottonmouth; May 18, 2008 at 01:16 AM. Reason: add picture
cottonmouth is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 01:38 AM   #2
ChicagoTex
Junior member
 
Join Date: March 18, 2008
Location: DFW Metroplex
Posts: 1,909
That's awful pretty, but it deserves better than Magtechs. Get some Gold Dots in that baby!
ChicagoTex is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 01:46 AM   #3
cottonmouth
Member
 
Join Date: February 18, 2007
Posts: 44
Just found these; Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel Ammunition 357 Magnum 135 Grain Jacketed Hollowpoint.

Do they make a 158 gr. Gold Dot?

Last edited by cottonmouth; May 18, 2008 at 01:51 AM. Reason: spelling
cottonmouth is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 02:39 AM   #4
ChicagoTex
Junior member
 
Join Date: March 18, 2008
Location: DFW Metroplex
Posts: 1,909
They sure do! Speer makes three Gold Dot loadings for the .357 Magnum, a 125, a 158, and the "short barrel" 135 you have.

As far as I can tell the difference between the "short barrel" loadings and the normal loadings is negligeble (no more than ~50fps difference with the lighter bullets).

For whatever it's worth, the 158gr Gold Dot would absolutely be my choice for any .357 Magnum (whether short barrel or long) for defense purposes.
ChicagoTex is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 03:47 AM   #5
cottonmouth
Member
 
Join Date: February 18, 2007
Posts: 44
Thanks Chicago Tex, I will defenately be trying some of the 158 gr. gold dots very soon.
cottonmouth is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 05:50 AM   #6
wnycollector
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 22, 2007
Posts: 1,829
I carry doubletap's 158gr gold dots in my 2.75" Ruger Security Six. They are super hard hitting with virtually no flash!

Congrats on a great carry piece. My snubbie ruger gets carried alot, I'm sure your 66 will see lots of belt time!
wnycollector is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 06:13 AM   #7
pogo2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 5, 2002
Location: Southwest
Posts: 879
Pretty gun...

I also admire the short barrel model 66, and consider it one of the best .357 revolvers ever made. They shoot very well and are quite easy to conceal in a good belt holster because of their rounded shape and short barrel. Here is a shot of mine with Ahrends cocobolo grips. I bought it from a retired police detective who carried it as his concealed duty gun.

pogo2 is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 07:29 AM   #8
parrothead2581
Senior Member
 
Join Date: August 4, 2005
Posts: 1,268
cottonmouth and pogo2,

Very nice pics you have there!

Pogo, I like the textured background. It adds more dimension to it than just a plain, solid, background.

I'm thinking about a set of Ahrend's cocobolo's for some revolvers as well. How do the smooth ones feel? Are they at all slippery (the main reason I am hesitant to put smooth wood grips on a defensive firearm) or is there a bit of texture to them?

Thanks!
__________________
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8
parrothead2581 is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 07:32 AM   #9
baker437
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 9, 2007
Posts: 103
Nice gun. I wish it was mine
__________________
“Change…Change…Unite…Believe…Hope...” Repeat as necessary to form cult like following of sheeple.
baker437 is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 08:30 AM   #10
VUPDblue
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 18, 2005
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 1,978
Weren't the 66-1's pinned and recessed? Maybe it's just the angle of the pic, but I can't see the barrel pin.

Here's mine, a little-carried police trade-in. The stamp on the side reads LAPP, which I recently found out is from Louisiana Prisons and Parole. What a sweet little magnum...
__________________
Silencers have NEVER been illegal !
VUPDblue is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 11:12 AM   #11
KyJim
Senior Member
 
Join Date: July 26, 2005
Location: The Bluegrass
Posts: 7,575
Beautiful gun, beautiful grips!
__________________
Jim's Rules of Carry: 1. Any gun is better than no gun. 2. A gun that is reliable is better than a gun that is not. 3. A hole in the right place is better than a hole in the wrong place. 4. A bigger hole is a better hole.
KyJim is offline  
Old May 18, 2008, 04:09 PM   #12
pogo2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 5, 2002
Location: Southwest
Posts: 879
Answers

Parrothead2581 said:
Quote:
Pogo, I like the textured background. It adds more dimension to it than just a plain, solid, background.

I'm thinking about a set of Ahrend's cocobolo's for some revolvers as well. How do the smooth ones feel? Are they at all slippery (the main reason I am hesitant to put smooth wood grips on a defensive firearm) or is there a bit of texture to them?
Thanks for your comment. The blue textured background is some cloth I bought at a fabric store to use for background. I have tried different materials and think a light blue woven cloth with visible "grain" looks the best.

I like smooth wooden grips with finger grooves because your hand can maintain a firm grip by locking into the finger grooves. I don't think you really need checkering as long as you have finger grooves, and the grain of the wood shows up better with no checkering.

I like Ahrends grips very much for their graceful shape, high quality wood and good feel in my hand. I buy them from a dealer named D&J Gun Repair:
Ahrends dealer link

I also have some on an old S&W model 27 revolver, in cordia wood.

pogo2 is offline  
Old May 19, 2008, 03:57 AM   #13
cottonmouth
Member
 
Join Date: February 18, 2007
Posts: 44
VUPDblue, Yes and no on the pinned barreled 66-1's. Some of the 66-1's were pinned and recessed while some were recessed but no pinned barrel. I've heard these were reffered to as transition guns. My 66-1 in these pictures is one of the transition guns.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_3926_1024.jpg (143.9 KB, 217 views)
cottonmouth is offline  
Old May 19, 2008, 06:54 AM   #14
VUPDblue
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 18, 2005
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 1,978
I learned something new today!
__________________
Silencers have NEVER been illegal !
VUPDblue is offline  
Old May 20, 2008, 10:38 AM   #15
18DAI
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 30, 2005
Location: NC
Posts: 2,114
Congrats on your 66 snubbie. It doesn't get any better than that, IMHO of course.

Mine is a 66-2, and is on my hip as I type this. I use Speer Gold Dot 158 grain, as my carry round.

Only thing better than a 2.5" 66, is a 3" 66! Regards 18DAI.
__________________
S&W Model 19 Combat Magnum. Everything you need in a revolver, and nothing you don't.
18DAI is offline  
Old May 21, 2008, 11:30 PM   #16
Camaroman_99
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 28, 2005
Location: KY
Posts: 132
Man, you guys are killin me with these model 66 snubs! I want one bad. Hey where do you find all these police trade-ins? Is there like a "clearing house" or website for these ex-police revolvers? Great pistoles fellas
__________________
Sig p228
S&W Model 19
S&W 29-2
Colt Detective Special .38
Camaroman_99 is offline  
Old May 22, 2008, 09:12 AM   #17
VUPDblue
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 18, 2005
Location: Central Indiana
Posts: 1,978
I found mine in a for sale ad on AR15.com. The guy didn't know what he had, but he knew what he wanted for it... and he got it
__________________
Silencers have NEVER been illegal !
VUPDblue is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.10179 seconds with 8 queries