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1970-80s taurus m66 .357

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by thrashthis56, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. thrashthis56

    thrashthis56 New Member

    Nov 1, 2011
    has anyone ever owned one of these old taurus revolvers? if so i would like to hear from you how you liked them, if you didnt like them, if you had problems etc. only people who have actually had an OLDER one like this. i do not care to hear about the newer ones. the one i have is blue, 4", 6 shot. wood grip. also its from 1975. seems to be a good one. let me know what you think!
  2. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Participating Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    People's Republik
    I have an '82 (I believe) vintage 669 6". I haven't shot it a whole lot but it's reasonably accurate, trigger is fine, fit I finish better than one would expect for what I paid for it. It's a decent revolver.

    I have no complaints whatsoever & have been very happy with mine so far. When I bought it I figured that any issues would have been already addressed.
  3. oldfool

    oldfool Senior Member

    Jul 18, 2009
    Thomasville, Georgia
    Yes, I do, blued model 66, 6" barrel, don't remember year of manufacture, but within that era
    A very well made DA revolver, amongst my favorites
    Bought mine used, obviously had been shot a lot, "used but not abused" when purchased by me

    It doesn't lock up quite as tightly, has slightly more endshake than my similar vintage S&W 66s, but easily 'within specs', (I say again used, shot a lot, used but not abused, IMO)
    very smooth, very good DA trigger, very accurate, zero issues

    Though not a blanket endorsement of all things Taurus, both it and it's companion Taurus 6" model 96 in 22 rimfire (similar vintage bought NIB), are amongst those on my short list of those I do not hesitate to recommend to friends, an excellent value if/when you find one in very good to excellent condition.
    Both those revolvers perform every bit as well as my five S&W 6" k-frames

  4. MCgunner

    MCgunner Senior Elder

    Dec 3, 2005
    The end of the road between Sodom and Gomorrah Tex
    I have a blued 3" 66 from sometime in the 80s when they were still using a trigger block trigger system, before the transfer bar. It's a very accurate, good gun, but my later 90s gun has a better trigger. It's not a bad trigger, just that my 90s 4" gun has an EXCELLENT trigger. Overall, it's a danged good shooter (capable of 1.5" rested at 25 yard groups) and the 3" barrel makes for a little easier IWB carry. I bought it because I got it for 180 bucks at a gun show, but it has become a favorite for belt carry when I can do that.

    I was carrying my 3" working on my place the day I stumbled across this guy. :D

  5. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    Mine was purchased new in 1987. The only issue I had with it (other than it spending 2 1/2 years on the street changing hands between thugs after being stolen in a burglary) is that the sleeve on the ejector rod would work loose after extended periods of time. That would lock the cylinder in the frame. A little Loc-Tite on the sleeve threads fixes that.
  6. weregunner

    weregunner Participating Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    I'll give a thumbs up for Taurus as well. But my oldest three Tauri are 30 years old. One is a 66 and one is a model 65. These are both reliable and durable.

    I own 17 various Taurus revolvers in various calibers and all work well.
    I would have a gunsmith look over that one or follow a gun checklist for buying revolvers and inspect it very carefully before buying.

  7. ewrski

    ewrski New Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    Pittsburgh, Pa
    I have a 1988 3inch in Stainless Steel with original wood grips. Great trigger. No FTF. Really sweet gun. I paid $325 for it and compared to the S&W on sale for the same price, it was so much better. Side by side with the equivalent Smiths, it is hard to tell apart.

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