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Old August 3, 2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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Smith and Wesson Model 66-1 357/38

Any details on this type of pistol? I'm a semi auto guy, but this sounds like a pretty good gun. Used and asking $350 firm and it includes a holster. Owned by a former police officer.
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Old August 3, 2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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Here is some good info for you,,,

Click here please,,,

Basically what you have is a Stainless Steel version of a Model 19,,,
That's the K-Frame .357 Magnum.

According to the 2010 Standard Catalogue of Firearms,,,
This is what the book has to say.

Model 66 (.357 Combat Magnum Stainless)
Released in 1970, this is the stainless steel version of the Model
19 or Combat Magnum. It is chambered for the .357 Magnum,
has adjustable sights, a square butt with checkered walnut grips,
and was initially offered with a 4" barrel. In 1974 a 2.5" barrel,
round butt version was made available. It was available in a 6"
barrel, as well as all target options until discontinued in 1993.
NIB Exc. V.G. Good Fair Poor
500 310 250 200 150 125

Hope this helps,,,

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Old August 3, 2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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If it is in good condition that is a good price.
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Old August 3, 2010, 04:00 PM   #4
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The model 19/66 "everything you need in a revolver and nothing you don't need." Do you need to know anything else?
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Old August 3, 2010, 04:09 PM   #5
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If it is in good condition that is a good price.
If it has a 4" barrel, +1.

If it has a 6" barrel, it's a really good price.

If it has a 2.5" or 3" barrel and it doesn't look like it's been run over by a truck, it's a fantastic price.
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Old August 3, 2010, 07:14 PM   #6
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My Model 66 no dash 4" is my favorite all round revolver. It's a little light to handle the hot magnum rounds like 125 grainers, but it handles the 158 gr magnums and 38+Ps without diffculty. It's accurate, reasonably light, and ergonomically perfect.
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Old August 3, 2010, 07:28 PM   #7
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If it has a 4" barrel, +1.

If it has a 6" barrel, it's a really good price.

If it has a 2.5" or 3" barrel and it doesn't look like it's been run over by a truck, it's a fantastic price.
what he said!!!

barrel length is everything...but $350 is cheap for any length, and it's less than half the usual asking price for a rare 3"
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Old August 3, 2010, 11:48 PM   #8
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I picked up one of those recently and it shoots like a dream. Good weight, good balance, and good sights. Easy to handle and very accurate. Buy it!!
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Old August 4, 2010, 12:05 AM   #9
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i had one a while back and liked it but i just did'nt care for the over all feel of it,so i traded it of for something bigger (Glock 21 sf).I guess i'm just so spoiled on my 686 4 inch.Don't let me stop you though,mine was great and accurate,i just like bigger guns.
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Old August 5, 2010, 09:10 AM   #10
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Nope! That is a terrible deal!! In fact, give me the guys contact info & I will personally tell him myself!!
lol... Seriously though, it is a sounds like a great deal!! IMHO anyway.
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Old August 5, 2010, 12:43 PM   #11
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Yes, $350 is a very good price. S&W quit making K-Frame Magnums about 2005 and the prices of such have been steadily climbing since then. The 66-1 should IIRC, still be a pinned and recessed gun which adds to its collector value but it should also have the relocated gas ring which solved the cylinder binding on the earlier no-dash 66's. In my area, a 66-1 in nice shape would easily bring $500+.
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Old August 5, 2010, 03:24 PM   #12
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$350 for a good condition 66-1 is an awesome price! The guy at my local used gun store has a beautiful one but he is asking almost $600. I hope I can talk him down And yes, the 66-1 is pinned and recessed. What a gun.
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Old August 5, 2010, 06:06 PM   #13
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Done Deal!

Sorry, I will not be forwarding the contact info as I am picking up Friday. A couple questions though.

What does IIRC mean? I have been on here for a few years and haven't figured that one out yet.

Also, what does it mean when the barrel is pinned and recessed?

Thanks.
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Old August 5, 2010, 06:20 PM   #14
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Excellent find. If the Gun is in Very Good condition you could double your money. My friend found one with Stage Grips, Nickeled, and in Excellent condition. He sold it for $1200. No Bull! I was there.
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Old August 5, 2010, 09:24 PM   #15
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What does IIRC mean? I have been on here for a few years and haven't figured that one out yet.
If I Remember Correctly

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Also, what does it mean when the barrel is pinned and recessed?
It means that the barrel is retained in the frame by a small pin just above the forcing cone area. All S&W hand-ejector revolvers made prior to 1982 had pinned barrels. Recessed was a treatment given only to revolvers in magnum and rimfire calibers. The face of the cylinder is counterbored so that the case heads sit flush with the face of the cylinder. This feature was also discontinued in 1982.
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Old August 20, 2010, 07:22 PM   #16
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S&W .357 Model 66-2

Hi all. I have a Model 66-2 3" barrel .357, Great condition, a dream to shoot, originally came with wood concealment grips. I put Pachmayer Grippers on it......any ideas on it's value?? Bought it new in 1985........Thanks
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Old August 20, 2010, 08:49 PM   #17
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Are you sure you're measuring the barrel correctly? I don't think that the 66-2 was ever made with a 3" barrel, but rather 2 1/2", 4", or 6". The proper way to measure the barrel is from the back of the forcing cone (the area that the bullet enters the barrel) to the end, not from the front of the frame to the end.

For reference, here's a pic of my 66-2 with a 2 1/2" barrel



As far as value goes, 4" and 6" 66-2's seem to sell for $400+ depending on condition and the presence or lack of original accouterments. A 2 1/2" barrel seems to add a $50-100 premium to the price. If you do indeed have a 66-2 with a 3" barrel, value would be difficult to determine as it is either a very rare specimen or one that has been modified.
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Old August 21, 2010, 07:02 AM   #18
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Hi all. I have a Model 66-2 3" barrel .357, Great condition, a dream to shoot, originally came with wood concealment grips. I put Pachmayer Grippers on it......any ideas on it's value?? Bought it new in 1985........Thanks
lots of people want one of those...it will easily fetch $750.

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If you do indeed have a 66-2 with a 3" barrel, value would be difficult to determine as it is either a very rare specimen or one that has been modified.
the first 3" 66s made were -2s. 4195 of them were made for Ashland Shooting Supplies.
Over 5000 3" 66s were produced...that makes the -2s by far the most common of them all.

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Old August 21, 2010, 07:23 AM   #19
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If you do indeed have a 66-2 with a 3" barrel, value would be difficult to determine as it is either a very rare specimen or one that has been modified.

the first 3" 66s made were -2s. 4195 of them were made for Ashland Shooting Supplies.
OK, I didn't think about distributor exclusives. I know that 3" became a standard barrel length on some of the later M66's but that that length still isn't particularly common regardless of the dash number. Only 4195 units still makes it a pretty rare model.
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Old August 21, 2010, 07:35 AM   #20
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that length still isn't particularly common regardless of the dash number. Only 4195 units still makes it a pretty rare model.
exactly right. hardly ever see any for sale...makes me wonder how many people are sitting on one, not knowing what they've got
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Old August 25, 2010, 08:27 PM   #21
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Thanks all, My 3 " .357 S&W 66-2

Here's a couple of pictures of my Smith 66-2...looks like 3" to me....
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Old August 25, 2010, 08:31 PM   #22
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And Ashland is who I bought it from.....
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Old August 26, 2010, 01:47 AM   #23
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I've have had a 3" since 1982 and I wouldn't part with it. Carried daily for 20 yrs. Smoot,. accurate, and dependable. You may want to look close for a bulged cylinder hole or a crack in the forcing cone. You will love that gun. Best, Lyle
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Old August 26, 2010, 10:44 PM   #24
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Thanks

Thanks......any other imput would be good too......
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Old August 28, 2010, 09:47 AM   #25
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If I recall an old gun writer Bill Jordan call the M19 (M66) the best revolver.
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