3" Model 66 ~


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gizamo
July 25, 2008, 12:55 PM
There is just something sooooo very right about the 5" and 3" S&W's....

Heres a 66-3 in a 3" barrel...

Must be the odd barrel lengths, fit my odd personality:D

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/Gizamo1/66-3001-1.jpg

Giz

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woodsltc
July 25, 2008, 01:14 PM
I agree with you Giz.

Odd or Evens --- in N-Frames and K-Frames S&W's, I love the odds in barrel lengths!!! :)

Great looking M-66. Thanks for sharing the pics.

P.S. that must be a new rock -- I don't remember it!! :D

Don

steveracer
July 25, 2008, 01:15 PM
I love it!
These are the best balance. I prefer fixed sights, so mine is a Ladysmith.

thirdeagle
July 25, 2008, 01:30 PM
3" and 5" always made more sense to me than the 2" and 4"

bratch
July 25, 2008, 04:42 PM
3" K frame is working its way up my to buy list.

Nice pistol

Shear_stress
July 25, 2008, 05:25 PM
Oooooh. Now there's something you don't see everyday. Nice wheelgun!

pogo2
July 25, 2008, 07:12 PM
I agree on your good opinion of the 3 inch model 66. I was lucky enough to buy this one a couple of months ago, and the balance is excellent:

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/SW66-430.jpg

smee781
July 26, 2008, 10:27 AM
Model 65 ladysmith:D

Cocked & Locked
July 26, 2008, 11:18 AM
Looking Good Gizamo! What kind of gunleather is that?

my 66's fall 1/2" short...

66-no dash
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/299351744.jpg

66-2
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/326273659.jpg

MrBorland
July 26, 2008, 04:13 PM
Looking Good Gizamo! What kind of gunleather is that?

My thoughts exactly. Seems tough to find holsters for 3" k frames. That one's just what I'm looking for.

dirtygrunt95
July 26, 2008, 05:10 PM
I have a mitch rosen expressline holster that looks exactly like that and it for a 3" k frame

The Lone Haranguer
July 26, 2008, 08:36 PM
There is just something sooooo very right about the 5" and 3" S&W's....

The three-inch, in particular, looks better proportioned to the rest of the gun than does the 2 1/2", and also allows a full-length ejector rod for better extraction and ejection of magnum cases, whereas the 2 1/2" version sometimes falls short even with .38 Spl. cases.

Must be the odd barrel lengths, fit my odd personality:D
But a nice sense of esthetics. :)

mbt2001
July 27, 2008, 12:00 AM
I heard that the 66 wasn't made in a 3" except for LE contracts, like the CHiPs contract... They didn't sell the "retail" NIB. Could be wrong, but I also love 3" revolvers... I guess cuz you don't see many of them.

dfariswheel
July 27, 2008, 07:34 PM
MOST of the limited runs of the 3" Model 66 were for commercial sales, not LE.

Mine was a limited 2500?? gun run made for Ashland Shooter's Supply in the late 1980's.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/dfariswheel/SWModel66.jpg

cherryriver
July 27, 2008, 08:16 PM
http://www.fishertransmission.com/images/m66-6conce.jpg

ArchAngelCD
July 30, 2008, 03:24 AM
The leather in gizamo's picture looks like a DeSantis Speed Scabbard. I have several and they are very good holsters, comfortable for all day carry too.

spwenger
July 30, 2008, 01:49 PM
I heard that the 66 wasn't made in a 3" except for LE contracts, like the CHiPs contract... They didn't sell the "retail" NIB. Could be wrong, but I also love 3" revolvers... I guess cuz you don't see many of them.
The three-inch M-66's were released periodically as special orders for various distributors, the last ones being released through RSR. I was surprised to learn a few months ago that there had even been some limited releases of M-19's with three-inch barrels. The three-inch M-66's I own were definitely sold NIB individually. I'm not sure it it's totally accurate to say that mine were sold "retail" as each was specifically ordered for me from the distributor by an obliging FFL. (I'm not aware of a CHP-issue three-inch revolver but invite correction.)

Three-inch-barreled K-frame revolvers were much more common in fixed-sight versions, with the FBI having issued both M-19's and M-65's in that configuration. I own a DeSantis OWB holster, with thumb-break that was ordered for a three-inch M-66 but was actually boned, albeit loosely enough to fit an M-66, for an M-19 or M-65.

While M-36-s were not uncommon in the three-inch variation, with fixed sights, there were a couple of M-60 versions with three-inch underlug barrels and adjustable sights - the M-60-4, as I recall, in .38 Special, and the M-60-10, in .357 Magnum. I have seen one of each of these in hands of a couple of my students. I suspect that there were also a few three-inch M-36's made with adjustable sights.

gizamo
July 30, 2008, 04:02 PM
ArchAngelCD has it correct. DeSantis...:)

And it is a very comfortable carry. I agree ~ half again the effort in finding a holster ~ as finding a 3" gun....

Giz

MrBorland
July 30, 2008, 04:11 PM
I was surprised to learn a few months ago that there had even been some limited releases of M-19's with three-inch barrels.

Yup - at least one of our very own has one, too:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=289400&highlight=3+FBI

CSA 357
July 30, 2008, 08:34 PM
I Like The 3 Inch 66, Full Size Ejecter Rod Helps Alot

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