View Full Version : SCORE!! S&W Model 66-1

Mark IV
September 11, 2013, 14:50
I've been looking for this exact revolver. Dropped into my lap. Kind of made up for losing this one -- http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351371

Enjoy the pics.

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September 11, 2013, 14:58
Nice looking revolver. I really like 2 1/2 and 3" k frames. I would say you have done very well.


September 11, 2013, 16:00
Very nice!!!!! :beer:

September 11, 2013, 19:39
Looks like 1978 production. Good grab, pristine Model 66's are getting hard to find and pricey when you do.

Timber Wolf
September 12, 2013, 06:46
Very, very nice. My 66-1 is a 6" and I was glad to snag it. I want a snub 66 but will probably have to be satisfied with the couple of snubby 19s currently in the safe. Would you care to share the price of that beauty?

Col. Bat Guano
September 12, 2013, 15:09
Nice find! I've had a hankering for a 4" Model 66. Never should have sold my old .357 years ago.

September 12, 2013, 15:38
"I'll take it"!! :biggrin:

Seriously though, I love the old Smiths. I bought the same model for my pops a few years back before the prices sky rocketed. That one is definitely a keeper!

September 12, 2013, 16:19
Beautiful! Man, that cylinder face and forcing cone are squeaky clean. Someone stayed busy with the Lead-Away cloth! :whiskey:

September 12, 2013, 21:07
Looks as if it's never been fired, 'cept for the factory test-drive :D
A beaut fer sure!

Bug Tussell
September 14, 2013, 19:49
That is pretty.

September 15, 2013, 18:02
Man, that is a nice one!!!

Mark IV
September 15, 2013, 22:34
Got lucky. Shot it this weekend and shoots as sweet as it looks.

Cost me $650. Was glad to pay it ... especially nowadays.

Timber Wolf
September 16, 2013, 08:11
That is a fair current price for one that nice.

Old Sarge
September 16, 2013, 08:56
I recently bought the same model and barrel length. Not as nice as yours but I was happy to find it. I was looking for about two years for a 2.5" Mod 19 when I stumbled onto the Mod 66 that I bought. Now all I have to do is take it to the range and try it out.

Old Sarge

Timber Wolf
September 17, 2013, 08:24
I recently bought the same model and barrel length. Not as nice as yours but I was happy to find it. I was looking for about two years for a 2.5" Mod 19 when I stumbled onto the Mod 66 that I bought. Now all I have to do is take it to the range and try it out.

Old Sarge

I just happen to have an extra snub 19 I will swap for your 66.:biggrin:

Old Sarge
September 18, 2013, 09:53
I just happen to have an extra snub 19 I will swap for your 66.:biggrin:

Thanks but I am happy with what it.

Old Sarge

September 21, 2013, 05:04
I really love the model 19-66 with the 4" barrel I had dreamed of and coveted for many years, decades.... 66 being better on account of the stainless rust-free factor... Alas, it is one of those that I let slip away in order to get a Smith 28-2 with 4 inch barrel- a revolver made for the .357 magnum which can stand up to the hotter .357s. I found that the 4" barrel blows a lot of fire and concussion... My old buddy/bro Larry Sanchez introduced me to the .357 Smiths, and his has a 6 inch barrel which soaks up the muzzle-blast (or keeps it further from your face). The 66 is a revolver great for .38 Specials, good to carry .357 but not to shoot a lot of the heavy loads. Somehow I couldnt see it with 2+ inch barrel for the muzzle blast that would accompiany .357s from those short barrels.
Wish there had been a way to keep it... But I can't complain, the 28 works very well and if I ever need a revolver for work (unlikely since I retired) Ive got it.
It is late and I am ramblin a bit! Moot point cuz if I need a magnum revolver it's likely gonna be the .44 mag 5-inch Ruger Redhawk which has been cleaned up, smoothed out and properly gripped. Either way, 28 or Redhawk, will tear up most targets. Carry them in the woods in case a bear gets between myself and the rifle...

Anyone have first-hand info on the 4" Redhawk- how in handles, blast, recoil... please feel free to share.. Dun

September 21, 2013, 10:51
gotta have the three inch for full length extraction.
my mod 65-3 RB bobbed hammer is perfection, trigger job and end shake .
still a .357 although I keep it stoked with .38+p the old FBI load 158gr lead semi wad cutter hollow points.
BTW sent it out for magna porting

Retired Bum
September 21, 2013, 14:23
My first two Model 19 .357 Combat Magnums were P&R six inchers. Superbly accurate with 158 gr JHP hand loads. Then I bought the first of two 2.5 inch M19's. Good carry guns if you didn't mind the weight. As I recall the 2.5 inch M19 was the most popular duty gun for the FBI back in the middle 1960's to the mid 1970's.

Finally got around to buying a used four inch M19 a few years ago at the local Gander Mountain. It is a pinned and recessed model with the target hammer, trigger, and grips. I'd rate it at 90 percent and I paid $500 plus tax for it. I wonder what it is worth today? More than $500 I'd wager....

I briefly owned two stainless Model 66's back in the mid 70's. A four inch and a 2.5 inch. But I never really took a liking to them and when a local deputy sheriff offered to buy them for what I had into them I let them go.

I own and have owned many double action Colt and S&W .357's over a 40 year plus span. K, L, and N frame Smiths. And at least three Colt Pythons. All of them have their good points but IMHO the four inch K frame M19/66 are the best all around .357 Magnum revolvers ever made. There is no such thing as the "one gun that will do it all" but a four inch Combat Magnum comes closest in my mind.

And so it goes.

The Retired One

September 22, 2013, 13:23
What a great looking Smith!