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Model 66 no dash or Beretta 96?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by boatmanschneider, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. boatmanschneider

    boatmanschneider New Member

    I am considering getting a Model 66 no dash or a Beretta 96 no dash as my only hand gun for home and carry.

    I like revolvers yet carried a Beretta 92 for a while so I am comfortable with that too.

    I feel the 96 is a big gun for "Concealed" carry, but I already have a few holsters for it.

    I would need to buy holsters for the Model 66 making it a bit more expensive.

    What are your opinions on how these two guns compare?
  2. slicksleeve

    slicksleeve Member

    If you know you like the Beretta, then that may be the right choice for you. If you have a line on a 66 no dash, you should by all means snatch it up. Even if it isn't the optimum for your concealed carry needs, you sure won't regret owning it down the road.
    By the way, I carry a 65 and 66, (not at the same time) both in 4", and under an untucked shirt, with a good leather pancake holster they hide pretty well. You can often find good used ones for sale, even on the trading post here, for not too much money.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  3. Teachu2

    Teachu2 New Member

    They are excellent examples of completely different handgun platforms.

    Boxers or briefs?
  4. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    66 barrel length?
  5. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    nrastore.org has some nice vests with built in pockets in the chest area for concealed carry
  6. cougar1717

    cougar1717 Member

    These are very difficult to compare, but I think one of the starting points of discussion would have to be which Lethal Weapon character you like better: Murtaugh or Riggs.
  7. tryshoot

    tryshoot New Member

    If I could conceal the Beretta it would be my choice.
  8. 45_auto

    45_auto Active Member

    It'll be easy to find a Beretta 96 any time you want one. Nice Model 66 no-dashes are much harder to come by .....
  9. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben New Member

    Bingo. Otherwise, they are completely incomparable guns.
  10. BYJO4

    BYJO4 New Member

    I would take the model 66.
  11. 56hawk

    56hawk New Member

    They are both great guns. I have both and would probably take the Beretta for home defense and carry just because of the magazine capacity.
  12. NG VI

    NG VI New Member

    I'd get the 66 since neither of them is that great a carry gun, compared to many others, but the 66 I just like more.

    Then sometime later I'd try to save up for something a little smaller and flatter.
  13. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot New Member

    I'd be willing to bet the Model 66 will outshoot the Beretta 96...
  14. CajunBass

    CajunBass Active Member

    I'm a revolver guy, so it's a "no-brainer" for me. I bought a "no-dash" 66, in basically NIBC, a couple of weeks ago. If you can get one, get it. They ain't getting no cheaper.
  15. highpower

    highpower Member

    As has been stated, they are two completely different weapons. However, The Beretta 96 is a fairly common gun. The Model 66 is not only much harder to find, but are rapidly appreciating in price.

    While with proper training both would do the job, it would be foolish to pass up an opportunity to by one of S&W's premier handguns in favor of a rather common auto.

    If you learn how to shoot, you don't need 15 shots to do the job.
  16. When looking for holsters for the 66, go to the pawn shops and guns shops that do a lot of gun sales. Most will have a couple of boxs of used leather from cops and security guards that traded in for newer stuff.

    I've still see used (broke in) pancake holsters, duty holsters and sholder holsters for the Model 10's, 19 and 66 (which are interchangable) all over the place here in Kentucky. In fact, I still have a couple of older thumbsnap holsters for a 4" 686 and a couple of others from the old days. Keeping them "just in case" I ever get a good deal on a used Smith.
  17. tarosean

    tarosean Active Member

    Now I do love me a 92/96. However, Id probably grab the 66 depending on barrel length.
  18. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Active Member

    Yes the S&W 66.

    Especially if it looks like mine!


    Can always get a slabsides simi-auto but real good S&W snubs are hard to come by.

  19. weisse52

    weisse52 New Member

    I would take the 66 no dash. As has already been stated. Much harder to find. I love the older Smith revolvers.
  20. Geo47

    Geo47 New Member

    Tough call. I have both guns, but would be more inclined to carry the Beretta, and not just because of the ammo capacity. I carry IWB, and the Beretta, though bigger, is less bulky; the slide fits into the waistband more easily than the cylinder of the 66. Also the slide length keeps the weapon more secure, whereas the shorter barrel of the 66 (mine's a 2 1/2") tends to allow the holster to shift more. There's also the issue of muzzle flash at night, if you carry magnums in the 66.

    Having said that, I have to add that I had to replace three factory springs (recoil, slide lock and mags) with Wolffs, to get the 96 to function properly! An added expense. As to the holsters for the revolver, you can find plenty of brand new ones, leather, on Ebay for 50 bucks or so. I also have to agree with the other posts that describe the 66 as a finer and rarer gun. You might just do as I did: get the 66 while you can, the 96 later. Good luck.

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