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Old December 4, 2012, 05:23 PM   #1
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S&W 66: More RBs or FBs?

Given two guns of identical age and condition, is one with a round butt more or less valuable than one with a flat butt?

Generally, the fewer guns made having a particular feature, the more valuable guns having that feature become. For example, a 3" barrel on a S&W M19 is (I've been told) more valuable than an M19 with a 4" barrel.

With a model 66-3, does this concept extend to butt shape?
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Old December 4, 2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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4" and above are square butts, 3" and below are round butts.

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Old December 4, 2012, 06:11 PM   #3
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4" and above are square butts
I've seen some 4"ers with RBs... But there are fewer 3"ers so harder to get a feel for relative numbers. Are you sure no 3"ers were made with SBs?
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Old December 4, 2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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I've seen some 4"ers with RBs
Not for standard production.
There might be a few variations from special order runs but a casual glance at the book I don't see any.

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Are you sure no 3"ers were made with SBs?
No. Only going by the Standard Catolog of Smith & Wesson.

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Old December 4, 2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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540mope posted this picture on 10/5/12:

SW66x2.5-3-4a.jpeg

Is this a 4" 66?
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Old December 4, 2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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I like round butts better than square butts
Thanks, my Wild Turkey just came out my nose

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Old December 4, 2012, 09:24 PM   #7
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My 4" 66, which I got brand new in the late 80s has a round butt.

But it wears a hogue goncalo alves square butt, so you'd never know.

When I ordered it, I did not specify round butt and didn't like the looks.

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Old December 5, 2012, 10:06 AM   #8
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All late production 66's had round butts. IIRC it started with the end of the 66-4 line and continued through the 66-8. Which were the final 66's, although they bore a faint resemblance to the original 66. Regards 18DAI
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Old December 5, 2012, 06:58 PM   #9
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Is this a 4" 66?
Hard to argue with a picture.
So, I went and read the section on 66's and sure enough they went to round butts only starting in 1996 just before the MIM started.
So yeah, I was wrong, at least as far as the late model 66's are concerned. In my defense, however feeble, I have no interest in late model S&W's and therefore do not keep track of them.
That said, it appears all 3"er's are round butt.

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