S&W 66 snub: bad son of a gun


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wheelyfun66
March 24, 2013, 11:29 AM
I'll let the pics do the talking. My new found 66-4:
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/032_zpsca327f70.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/028-1_zpsfaec4d70.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/020-1_zps19856085.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/024-1_zpsa60899ab.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/036-1_zps51c75d0f.jpg

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Creature
March 24, 2013, 11:33 AM
Yeah. It doesn't get much better than that.

frankmako
March 24, 2013, 12:22 PM
nice, real nice. will make a great carry gun.

19-3Ben
March 24, 2013, 12:37 PM
Nothing like a short barrel, round butt, medium frame wheelgun.
I can't believe they aren't more popular than they are. In my mind, they are the cream of the crop of carry guns.

sidheshooter
March 24, 2013, 02:10 PM
Nothing like a short barrel, round butt, medium frame wheelgun.
I can't believe they aren't more popular than they are. In my mind, they are the cream of the crop of carry guns.

I'm of a similar mind set.

That much settled, let's talk about that knife: who made it?
:D

rem44m
March 24, 2013, 03:55 PM
Who makes that wood grip?

9mmepiphany
March 24, 2013, 04:35 PM
Very nice. I have the same rubber grips on my M66-7. It is interesting to see all the changes over 5 revisions

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n79/9mmepiphany/003.jpg

red rick
March 24, 2013, 04:40 PM
I like that 66-4 , good find.

Fast Frank
March 24, 2013, 05:02 PM
Yes.

If you can't make a mugger leave you alone with that, then you are doing something wrong.

Looks like a fine piece to me.

wheelyfun66
March 24, 2013, 06:45 PM
I'm of a similar mind set.

That much settled, let's talk about that knife: who made it?
:D
I am embarrassed to say....I cannot remember the maker, but it is a one-off.
I was in Iraq in 2005, and bought the knife from an online middleman. The maker is from the US, and the knife is made using the traditional folded-steel and clay tempered method.
If I could get good enough pics, you would see that it has a hamon (wave-like ripples in the blade) and also has a very small bird of prey symbol as the maker's mark. The handle is tightly wrapped cotton over ray skin....and it carries IWB! Love it, thanks for asking....

wheelyfun66
March 24, 2013, 06:46 PM
Who makes that wood grip?
That wood grip is made by Altamont Grips.
The fit and finish are nearly perfect...but for some extra space between the right side grip and the frame....enough space to potentially snag on clothing during draw....so I will send them back.

palmetto99
March 24, 2013, 07:45 PM
I've got a 66-5 that carry now and then. Like 'em alot.

BYJO4
March 24, 2013, 08:24 PM
Congrats on a very good looking 66.

Jaymo
March 24, 2013, 08:29 PM
Nice. I really like the 66. I prefer the Compac grip with the covered backstrap. To each his own. Love those K frames. Especially the three inchers.
Second pic looks like a CRKT Hissatsu.
I like both knives, especially the second one with the faggot-welded (blacksmithing terminology, not an anti homosexual slur) and differentially heat treated blade.
If you want that hamon line to show up more, and don't care about not having a polished shine to it, you can treat the blade with vinegar.
It's a common and popular trick, especially with those of us who own real Khukuris.

MedWheeler
March 24, 2013, 08:33 PM
Now we need a fireball pic.. load it up..!

Jaymo
March 24, 2013, 08:36 PM
Remington scalloped jacket 125 grain. Nice fireball and an earsplittinloudenboomer.
Smith really got it right with the 3" K frame. I especially like the 13 and 65.
That 66 gets me all excited, too.

Old Dog
March 24, 2013, 10:22 PM
No disrespect to those who have later versions of the 66, but I'm of the belief that S&W reached the apex of K-frame snubbydom with the 66-4 2.5" -- the coolest, best shootin' snub .357 ever ... (just one man's opinion ... but a 3-inch model 13 is pretty neat, too)

ACP
March 25, 2013, 07:05 AM
Good gun. I had the same version in carbon steel, lightly customized. You'll need to practice regularly to get good with magnums in that gun.

I now have a 3" M65, another nice S&W wheelgun.

wheelyfun66
March 25, 2013, 07:17 AM
Good gun. I had the same version in carbon steel, lightly customized. You'll need to practice regularly to get good with magnums in that gun.

I now have a 3" M65, another nice S&W wheelgun.
Oh, I've got practice with magnums out of short barreled revolvers.....
Here is a pic of my 66-5 (no longer own it) and my S&W 340 M&P, which I practice and carry with Speer Gold Dot 135gr defensive ammo.
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/IMG_0668.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/IMG_0667.jpg

tarosean
March 25, 2013, 07:42 AM
an earsplittinloudenboomer.

They definitely give a new meaning to Boom Stick.

I love to hand people my 66-3, 2.5", loaded with 180g Buffalo Bore. It generally dont take more than a couple rounds to hand the gun back.. Stating exactly what the OP did in his header.

Black Knight
March 25, 2013, 03:11 PM
With the Pachmayers it looks just like the onemy wife took from me for her gun. It served me well as a Security Supervisor and Private Investigator for several years. I'm glad she has a can get the job done gun for her protection.

Cocked & Locked
March 25, 2013, 06:23 PM
I like your 66-4 and also like the looks of the blade with the wrapped handle. Nice combo!

Posted this pic many times but here it is again...

66-no dash

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/299351744.jpg

dfariswheel
March 25, 2013, 10:11 PM
Gun writer Leroy Thompson once wrote that "The S&W Model 66 snubby has a particularly bellicose appearance".

I once knew an old breed big city homicide cop (he still wore a hat) who called guns like the Model 66 a "Water gun".
When the bad guys saw what you had their insides turned to water.

In any case, the Model 66 is one of those guns that lets any trouble makers know they're going to get more than just hurt.

Here's my Dash 2 with the 2 1/2" barrel and a rare Ashland Shooters Supply Dash 3 with the 3" barrel.
The 3" just may be the best CCW revolver of them all.

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

sixgunner455
March 26, 2013, 12:20 PM
That's a lot of alright, right there.

Thaddeus Jones
March 26, 2013, 04:00 PM
Very nice 66 snub! Congrats! :)

My 2.5 inch 66-2 accompanied me into many bad places, looking for worse people, for many years. A very fine revolver. Enjoy yours!

Certaindeaf
March 26, 2013, 04:08 PM
A steel shorter barrel K is the perfect "compromise" for launching full-tilt magnums out of.

Hey wheelyfun66, that's a pretty cool knife.. could you please start a thread over in the quasi knife forum here with a close-up of that stamp on that blade? Probably someone will know who made it/what it is. thanks

wheelyfun66
March 27, 2013, 08:43 AM
A steel shorter barrel K is the perfect "compromise" for launching full-tilt magnums out of.

Hey wheelyfun66, that's a pretty cool knife.. could you please start a thread over in the quasi knife forum here with a close-up of that stamp on that blade? Probably someone will know who made it/what it is. thanks
I will indeed, as soon as I have time to take some good pics of it.
Although my pics (of the 66) seem decent enough in quality...my camera is of such poor quality that I cannot get any close-ups. Have a reloading buddy with a great camera, and will take some soon.
That knife has gotten so much attention, that now I am on the hunt to track down exactly who DID make it!

Certaindeaf
March 27, 2013, 09:09 AM
Excellent. I hope to follow that thread. thanks

460Kodiak
March 27, 2013, 10:35 AM
Very cool. Need to find one myself......someday.

wheelyfun66
March 27, 2013, 09:26 PM
First range trip today:
Super sweet trigger, very accurate from 5 yds out to ringing the gong (100 yds)!!

I was shooting this thing like it was a 6" barreled .22!!
Very happy with this revolver......

Had a scare when the cylinder was feeling bound-up, but took it off and cleaned it out....found a slight burr on the crane, which could have been the problem?? The ejector star was clean, the ejector rod was tight, the action was cycling....but something had the cylinder tightened up on the crane.....

Keep in mind, this thing was made in 1994, and never fired, so hey, guess it needed to break in some metal-to-metal surfaces!

Love it!

mavracer
March 28, 2013, 12:22 AM
Snub K Magnum is a sweet thing I have a OCD problem that make me have to have guns in pairs and sets so since my 29 and 34 were both nickel my snub K had to match.
http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii261/mavracer/IMG-20120114-00213.jpg

Certaindeaf
March 28, 2013, 03:28 PM
First range trip today:
Super sweet trigger, very accurate from 5 yds out to ringing the gong (100 yds)!!

I was shooting this thing like it was a 6" barreled .22!!
Very happy with this revolver......

Had a scare when the cylinder was feeling bound-up, but took it off and cleaned it out....found a slight burr on the crane, which could have been the problem?? The ejector star was clean, the ejector rod was tight, the action was cycling....but something had the cylinder tightened up on the crane.....

Keep in mind, this thing was made in 1994, and never fired, so hey, guess it needed to break in some metal-to-metal surfaces!

Love it!
Excellent.
Make sure the area under the star is bone dry and dump upside down.. to preclude/minimize unburned powder sticking/lodging under the star. Also, watch out for high primers, even with factory loads and especially handloads.

Cocked & Locked
March 28, 2013, 04:48 PM
I was shooting this thing like it was a 6" barreled .22!!

2.5" k-frame .357's have a reputation for shooting like a laser beam. Everyone I've had does...or did.

j1
March 28, 2013, 05:17 PM
That oughta get the job done. Now practice and practice some more.

ArchAngelCD
March 29, 2013, 01:17 AM
wheelyfun66,
We covered the knife and the grips so now please tell us who made the holster you have that M66 riding in?

Very nice revolver. I completely agree, it doesn't get much better than a short barrel K frame...

ElToro
March 29, 2013, 02:30 AM
stainless rear sights ?\http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab266/tims_albums/100_1407.jpg

i prefer my combat sighted underlugged 3 inch 65ladysmith

grptelli
March 29, 2013, 09:14 AM
model 66 are my fav's. very nice...


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Cocked & Locked
March 29, 2013, 10:25 AM
stainless rear sights ?\http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab266/tims_albums/100_1407.jpg

i prefer my combat sighted underlugged 3 inch 65ladysmith

Is that 66 pictured originally a 4" one that had a 2.5" barrel installed? The top strap on the frame and (rear sight) look like a 4" gun does. The short barrel frames typically run flat across the top up to the barrel.

Examples:

4" 66 top strap as compared to 2.5" top strap

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/383390000.jpg
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/299351744.jpg

4" barreled model 19 with 2.5" barrel installed as compared to an original 2.5" barreled 19

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/404430741.jpg
http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/398335687.jpg

Of course anything is probable with S&W handguns. I've found that about anything could take place during assembly. As I look back through this thread I see both top strap variations on the pictured 66's.

wheelyfun66
March 29, 2013, 04:29 PM
wheelyfun66,
We covered the knife and the grips so now please tell us who made the holster you have that M66 riding in?

Very nice revolver. I completely agree, it doesn't get much better than a short barrel K frame...
Holster is a Mitch Rosen "ARG" model. IWB.
Rides high and tight, and the fit and finish are outstanding.
I prefer some forward cant angle...but this holster does ride just behind my hip.....exactly how I like it.

evan price
April 4, 2013, 05:38 AM
The only thing I might say that detracts from your gorgeous 66-4 is that it is not pinned and recessed, like my pretty little no-dash M66 2.5", shown here:

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa285/ragabash01/IMG_20130402_085812_zpsfdcb6b4f.jpg

Barry the Bear
April 5, 2013, 12:32 AM
Gorgeous gun and knife you got there

ElToro
April 6, 2013, 06:09 PM
Is that 66 pictured originally a 4" one that had a 2.5" barrel installed? The top strap on the frame and (rear sight) look like a 4" gun does. The short barrel frames typically run flat across the top up to the barrel.

4" barreled model 19 with 2.5" barrel installed as compared to an original 2.5" barreled 19

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/404430741.jpg

C&L: not to my knowledge. i bought it used and its barely been shot. its a 66 no dash dating from the early 70s. i like that square butt 2.5 incher. looks old school.

wheelyfun66
April 7, 2013, 07:37 AM
Sunday morning range trip coming today!
I am going to attend a snub fighting workshop next Sat, with the famed Michael DeBethancourt (specialized in folding knife and snubbie fighting).

Should be an exciting workshop; will be working with both my 66 snub and a 442 snub that i just picked up yesterday!
Right now it's 6:30 am EST, and I smell bacon and Hoppe's #9.....
Full range report to follow, this afternoon.
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/033_zps30c73c9d.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/026-1_zps431a36c9.jpg
http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/spec4towle/022-2_zps302ec688.jpg

kgpcr
April 7, 2013, 08:00 AM
Very nice! that's a great carry gun!

Deltaboy
April 7, 2013, 03:40 PM
Wish I still had one.

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