Stainless pinned barrel S&W revolvers


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SullyVols
March 21, 2013, 09:06 PM
It would appear that the first run of Model 66 and Model 629 revolvers had pinned barrels.

I'm 100% going to buy one in whenever I feel i can splurge the funds on them unless someone can dissuade me. Any problems with the "no-dash" stainless Smiths?

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bikemutt
March 21, 2013, 09:13 PM
The 686 no-dash, and I believe some -1 guns, are subject to a firing pin bushing recall. I have two of them which S&W picked up and applied the recall repair, no charge. They are two of my favorites, both to own and shoot :)

rcmodel
March 21, 2013, 09:21 PM
You got bad info somewhere.
S&W Model 66, and Model 66-1 (1970 - 1977) had pinned barrels and recessed chambers.
The 66-2 in 1982 did away with them.

The Model 29 (1957-1962) Model 29-1 & 29-2 (1962 - 1982) had pinned barrels and recessed chambers.
The 29-3 introduced in 1983 did not.

rc

Florida Guy
March 21, 2013, 10:40 PM
The early 66's came with stainless rear sights which some people have trouble seeing compared to the easier to see darker rear sight used in future models.

hAkron
March 21, 2013, 11:56 PM
The 66-1's also moved the gas ring from the from the yoke to the cylinder. I'm not sure the exact reason, but I don't notice any difference in the operation between my 66 no dash, my 66-1, and my 19-5

I wouldn't get all crazy about pinned this, recessed that, whatever...If you can find a good shape k-frame for a reasonable price, grab it. They all feel the same, and by that I mean GREAT!

9mmepiphany
March 22, 2013, 01:45 AM
The 66-1's also moved the gas ring from the from the yoke to the cylinder. I'm not sure the exact reason, but I don't notice any difference in the operation between my 66 no dash, my 66-1, and my 19-5
It was their first attempt to stop them from jamming when shooting magnums during LE qualifications

rcmodel
March 22, 2013, 01:49 AM
It was their first attempt to stop them from jamming when shooting magnums during LE qualifications After shooting butt loads of .38 Spl lead wad-cutters during practice, without cleaning before shooting Magnum for Qualifying.

rc

9mmepiphany
March 22, 2013, 02:42 AM
After shooting butt loads of .38 Spl lead wad-cutters during practice, without cleaning before shooting Magnum for Qualifying.
Yup, then they went to practicing with their magnum loads and they had to move it back when it started locking up the cylinder when it expanded due to the temperature transfer

rcmodel
March 22, 2013, 02:45 AM
I got a couple of them.

And I'm still not convenced a good cleaning every 1,000 rounds or so of lead .38 reloads wouldn't have helped a lot.

rc

glider1
March 22, 2013, 08:53 AM
the early 629s had stainless lockwork that proved to be to soft so if you were going to shoot it alot you might want to avoid these. Great collector interest though. Someone can probably tell you the serial number range of those, I don't know.

Fishslayer
March 24, 2013, 01:56 AM
You got bad info somewhere.
S&W Model 66, and Model 66-1 (1970 - 1977) had pinned barrels and recessed chambers.
The 66-2 in 1982 did away with them.

The Model 29 (1957-1962) Model 29-1 & 29-2 (1962 - 1982) had pinned barrels and recessed chambers.
The 29-3 introduced in 1983 did not.

rc

As I understand it the 629 sans dash is the only P&R stainless N frame S&W produced. A 4 incher is my grail gun. It would complete my K, L, N troika of 4" SS no dashes...

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn215/THE_Fishslayer/OSR/NewYorkreload.jpg

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