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S&W 66 4 inch, Stainless steel.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Josh45, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Josh45

    Josh45 New Member

    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.
  2. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Active Member

  3. Josh45

    Josh45 New Member

    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...
  4. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Active Member

    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.

  5. Old Dog

    Old Dog Active Member

    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 ...
  6. bikemutt

    bikemutt Active Member

    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?
  7. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Active Member

    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.

  8. bikemutt

    bikemutt Active Member


    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 :(
  9. CajunBass

    CajunBass Active Member

    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.
  10. BSA1

    BSA1 Active Member

    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.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2012
  11. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones New Member

    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! :)
  12. highpower

    highpower Member

    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:
  13. bannockburn

    bannockburn Active Member

    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.
  14. Iggy

    Iggy New Member

    I sold one at a gun show last weekend for $600. Run of the mill with pachs.
  15. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Here in FL, IF you can find them, you'll see them priced closer to $500 than $400
  16. Josh45

    Josh45 New Member


    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.
  17. David E

    David E New Member

    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.......
  18. Josh45

    Josh45 New Member

    David, anythings possible.
    As far as I know, he isn't a member here. This was going to be a FTF transaction.
  19. jc57

    jc57 New Member

    $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.
  20. bluetopper

    bluetopper New Member

    Smith hasn't made a K frame 357 in a long time.

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