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Old June 30, 2014, 09:52 AM   #1
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S&W Model 66-3 3inch BBL info please

Found one at local LGS for $950 in very good condition. Salesman said they are very hard to find. Can anyone give me info on this revolver and what it really should go for. Thanks
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Old June 30, 2014, 12:47 PM   #2
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3" 66

I really like my 3" 66-2, BUT with that said, I would not pay $950 to replace it. I got mine (plus $50) in a trade for a used Glock 23 a few years ago. I find the best use (or most common excuse) for a 3" K frame is as a CCW. To be honest, my much more common and less expensive 3" Model 65 preforms this duty as well if not better. In the long run, I guess the "fair price" depends on what it is worth to you.

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A true 3" M66 is pretty rare. I've only ever seen 2 of them, and that was several years ago; IIRC, both had price tags a little north of $1k, so $950 is a decent price, assuming it's in good shape and is a bona fide 3" 66.

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I got mine (plus $50) in a trade for a used Glock 23 a few years ago.
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Old June 30, 2014, 01:32 PM   #4
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$950 is leaning steep. I'm no expert, but the 3" bbl does seem rare and desirable.

I know I'd like to have one.

I live in California. And $950 would not be an outrageous price at all here - assuming in excellent condition.

It really doesn't matter what any of us here on TFL think. If you feel it's worth $950; then it's worth $950. If someone tells you that you got ripped off paying that much; then that's their opinion. You will have a S&W M66 3" bbl.
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Old July 1, 2014, 12:54 AM   #5
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For a 3" Model 66, that price is probably about right for a retail store.

For a 3" stainless K frame revolver that you plan on shooting and carrying, I would look at the Model 65- I bought my 65-3 for HALF of that price in a retail store.

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Old July 1, 2014, 07:59 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for the info.
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Old July 1, 2014, 10:06 PM   #7
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Just bought a 3 inch barrel model 66 last week for $795. Like it very much… as much as I enjoy it, it would be worth $950 to me. I'm not a fan of the 4 inch and I like it it's a little bit bigger than the 2 1/2.
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Old July 7, 2014, 07:49 PM   #8
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I would not pay a premium for a 3 inch unless it filled a hole in a collection , If it is going to be a shooter you can get the 2.5 or the 4 inch or the 6 inch any time in excellent condition with the box and papers for 5-$600 here In California . I have a model 66-1 with a 6 inch barrel i bought a couple years ago with incorrect grips but in excellent condition for $425 at a local auction. Its a excellent shooter , I down sized and sold 5 357 mags keeping the Smith and a Freedom arms .
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Old July 11, 2014, 09:29 AM   #9
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$950 isn't really bad for a 3 inch 66-3. On the auction boards they bring more than that.

The original 3 inch 66, the 66-2, was made in the largest numbers. The 3 inch 66-3's come in behind it. The rarest 3 inch 66 is the 3 inch 66-4. These were made in small batches, 550 to 750 guns - two known batches - one ported one not - and are the most valuable of the 3 inch 66's.

There were some 3 inch 66-5's made including an export batch of "R99 La Chasse" revolvers for Walther. These were just remarked 3 inch 66-5's. They had frame mounted firing pins and MIM parts. They are still more desireable and better made than anything made today by the current company calling itself S&W.

I advise you to buy it, shoot it, love it. The 3 inch barrel is widely regarded as the "best" of the barrel lengths on the 66. The guns just look and feel right. Very fast handling and points well.

I used a 3 inch 66-4 as my duty gun in the 90's and early 2000's in High Point NC. Good luck! Hope this helps! Regards 18DAI
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