S&W 66 4 inch, Stainless steel.


September 13, 2012, 10:57 PM
So, I found someone interested in selling their S&W 66 with the 4 inch barrel and in stainless steel. I didn't ask if he had the original grip for it. In the picture it showed what I believe to be the Pachymyr grip or something similar anyways.

It is chambered in .357 magnum and has the rear adjustable sight.
Looks clean. Im not 100% sure if it was carried as I didn't have a chance to ask him. I will ask him tomorrow when I can.

Im curious to know what this revolver usually goes for?
I know its hard to tell without pictures or for more info, But for the sake of all that lets say that the revolver from the look of the picture is about 85-90% in the picture.

I think he said it is either the S&W 66-3 OR the 66-4
Six shot if that matters.

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September 13, 2012, 11:04 PM

September 13, 2012, 11:06 PM
I could always use another .357 to the stable.
Been reading up a little about it and noticed that this seems to be the stainless version of the Model 19 to what I have read. And a lot of people seem to really like it...

September 13, 2012, 11:10 PM
Condition is everything.

If it is pristine, it will command a high price.

If it shows evidence of a lot of firing (look for flame-cutting erosion of the top strap at the junction of the cylinder and barrel) it is worth a good bit less.

Some S&W revolvers have had the snot shot out of them, but still look pretty good. The flame-cutting is the best indication of how much it has been fired.

While you are at it, check the 6 o'clock position on the barrel where it meets the cylinder.
Look for cracks or other wear/failures.


Old Dog
September 13, 2012, 11:10 PM
In my neck o' the woods, for a clean 4" inch 66-4 (my favorite version of the model) with good lock-up- and timing, decent trigger ... $465 - $475 would be reasonable for a 100% piece (rare); $375 for 98&. Private sellers actually seem to ask more around here. Reality is, you'll see 66-3s and 4s going for upwards of $600, which I disagree with.

Now, for a clean, tight 66-4 with 2 1/2" barrel, I'd pay the premium ...

As W.E.G. notes, flame-cutting is an indicator of how much the piece has been shot ... BUT, I've never heard of a 66's topstrap breaking due to flame-cutting. It seems a cosmetic situation at worst, and if the lock-up and timing is good, with a decent trigger, well, it's your call ...

September 13, 2012, 11:14 PM
I picked up a rough one with Hogue monogrip for $325 a while back. The gun is strong but carried by a barbed-wire fence stretcher. Anyway, my 'smith is doing a bead blast on it, should be a real nice gun with some new furniture.

Does this one have the stainless rear sight, or a black one?

September 13, 2012, 11:17 PM
I wouldn't shy away from a gun with flame cutting. It doesn't hurt function.

It certainly does hurt resale value though when you are trying pick the pockets of collectors.

There are lots of .357 revolvers out there.
If you can't get the seller to sell a "shooter" for a good price, walk away.

I got "Stinkbutt" for $275 at the LGS.
MAN! That gun smelled bad until I got rid of the grips, and whatever was putrifying in them.


September 13, 2012, 11:28 PM

This. What is it with the 66 and rubber grips? I found enough organic material inside my 66 grip frame to start a new planet :(

September 14, 2012, 09:11 AM
Does it look something like this?


Model 66 (no dash) with box, tools, and papers. Unfired.

I don't know if I'll shoot it or not. One day I say I will, the next I won't. I've owned a couple of Model 19's and they were great shooters.

September 14, 2012, 09:59 AM
One advantage of stainless steel guns is dings and scratches can be removed with sanding with fine wet or dry sandpaper and polishing compound. And if you like bright guns just polish it until the sun shines.

Thaddeus Jones
September 14, 2012, 10:03 AM
Locally a 4 inch 66-3 or 66-4 would bring $475 to $600, depending on condition, box & docs ect.

The 66-4 is the last of the desireable 66's as it has the forged parts, firing pin on the hammer and classic frame lines.

I consider them to be the last of the desireable S&W revolvers and the finest revolvers made. Let us know how it shoots! :)

September 14, 2012, 10:03 AM
Prices on guns tend to be very regional thing. While someone might say that in their area a particular gun sells for X amount, in a different place it may commonly trade for much more...or less.

It is popular for folks to say "well I bought that model for much less" but nearly everybody gets a deal from time to time. I paid $300 for a near mint 66 no dash a year ago, and I know that price is atypical of what these revolvers go for.

To me, if the gun checks out and depending on condition, is priced in the $400 + or - range, that would seem to be a fair price. Deduct some $ for non original stocks if that is important to you, but they are easily available for moderate money.

$300 66 no dash:

September 14, 2012, 11:00 AM
Typically I see 4" Model 66's going for $450 to $600 at the local gunshows, depending of course on condition and accessories. Rarely even see one in a local gun shop or sporting goods store.

September 14, 2012, 11:43 AM
I sold one at a gun show last weekend for $600. Run of the mill with pachs.

September 14, 2012, 12:59 PM
Here in FL, IF you can find them, you'll see them priced closer to $500 than $400

September 14, 2012, 09:26 PM

That thing is B-E-A-utiful.

Sad to say guys that the owner of the revolver has backed out of the deal.
Not surprised he did back out. For the heck of it, I asked him what he would sell it for and he said $450.

So, you guys were spot on about price but I guess thats where the train ends.
Thank you everyone.

David E
September 15, 2012, 12:56 AM
Ok, he was going to sell it, then "backed out," but would sell it for $450.......

I surmise his asking price was low.....too low, apparently, because then he read this thread.......

September 16, 2012, 01:22 AM
David, anythings possible.
As far as I know, he isn't a member here. This was going to be a FTF transaction.

September 16, 2012, 01:28 AM
$450 is a reasonable price for a 66 4" in good condition.

I just recently paid $525 for a 66-1 4" in very good condition, and am happy with the purchase.

September 16, 2012, 10:43 AM
Smith hasn't made a K frame 357 in a long time.

September 16, 2012, 03:22 PM
There was a store locally that took in the entire corrections old duty weapons. The guards carried Model 10's.4"bbl. The Parole/Probation officers carried model 65's with a 3" barrel. The 10's were going for 250$ and I grabbed two of those, and the 65's for 400$, snagged two of those as well. I went back a week later and all the 65's were gone.

I gotta say, after spending 2 hours of picking through them and getting the nicest ones and doing some work to them... I'm a huge fan of the K frame 357. Now the question is, do I keep both or sell one? :D

September 16, 2012, 05:49 PM
I missed out on a sweet deal a few years ago. My LGS had about 12 OLD model 10s that looked brand new. They were even in the original cardboard boxes.
The had belonged to a mental hospital. Apparently, they were the security guards' guns.
They were about $250.00 each. I wanted to buy a couple so I could shoot one and keep the other one put up.
Sadly, we were in the middle of layoffs, pay cuts, and hour cuts at the time, and I was bringing home about half what I normally do. I couldn't afford one.

September 17, 2012, 12:23 AM

That thing is B-E-A-utiful.

Thanks. Yes, it is. Normally I don't care for stainless guns, but once in a while, I just can't pass one up.

I really didn't have much to contribute because I had to pay TOP dollar to get that one, but I just wanted to show it off. ;) :D

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