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S&w 66

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Rangegod, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Rangegod

    Rangegod Well-Known Member

    OK, I’ll be the first to admit that gun shows aren’t what they used to be, but even today, every once in a while you can turn over a rock and find a real gem.


    Today while wondering around the Miami gun show, fending off various beef jerky sales men, political hacks and beggars soliciting donations for doggy body armor (like I don’t pay enough taxes for this stuff already) I suddenly come upon a beautiful S&W 66 (no dash). After a detailed inspection, I would be very willing to bet this gun has never been fired outside of the factory. And as impressed as I was with the gun, the dealer suddenly mentions that he also has the original box, with packing material, papers and complete (unopened) tool kit. To say that a deal was quickly made would be an understatement.

    This particular revolver model has always meant a lot to me. Way back in 1975 when I was a young, fresh from Nuke school sub sailor I bought one of these as my first real quality revolver. It was the beginning of a long list of Smith wheel guns I’ve had over the years. Unfortunately, in 1984, during a moment of insanity in the middle of a divorce I sold the 66 to a friend. Over the years hundreds of guns have come and gone through my collection, but whenever the question of “is there one you truly regret selling” comes up, that 66 always comes to mind. Today I'm happy to say, I corrected that mistake.


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  2. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    That with round butt and fixed rear sight is the best combat .357 one can get. Not .357 range toy but that is why we have "boulders" like GP100 and N&L framed S&Ws.
  3. nwilliams

    nwilliams Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous 66! Congrats!
  4. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Nice package.
  5. umc180gr

    umc180gr Well-Known Member

    That's a beauty, better hang on to that one for sure. Is it going to be a safe queen or a shooter?
  6. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    Beautiful! ;)
  7. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    Congratulations. Hope you enjoy shooting it.
  8. Caedo

    Caedo Member

    That's one sexy piece. I love the wood grips!
  9. forindooruseonly

    forindooruseonly Well-Known Member

    Nice find! That's why I continue to wander through my local shows. Every now and then you find a good one.
  10. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    Wow a real beauty there! Nice you "set things straight", hopefully it did not set you back too much. Even if it did, it was worth it. Won't be selling any of my 66 no dash's.
  11. 16in50calNavalRifle

    16in50calNavalRifle Well-Known Member

    Love my 66-2. Only handgun on the serious wish list right now is a little brother for it - a short-barreled Model 19. The balance of the 4-inch 66, such as the one we both have, is just right. I love loading 38 special for it, and when I've got more reloading mileage on me will probably enjoy rolling some mild 357 to feed it.
  12. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

    A freind of a freind, that I blast with occasionally, has a sweet old 66 that I immediately loved, but it was his father's and there's no chance of him letting it go.
    But, earlier this year ( maybe late last year?) ,I stumbled on a 4" no-dash at a local show. He "came down" to $480 even ( moaning about only making $30 bucks:rolleyes: ) , which I thought was a so-so price,especially considering it didn't have the original wood grips. But the thing was clean as a whistle, and very tight, and it was exactly what I wanted so I didn't whine. I later found a nice set of walnut target grips pretty cheap at CDNN, so it's all good !!!
  13. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    May we respectfully ask how many sheckles you had to shell out to acquire that gorgeous lady?

    From the stainless rear sight assembly, she's a First Issue No-Dash 66. Got one like it, but not as minty fresh and no box. One of my most ever favorite revolvers.
  14. Rangegod

    Rangegod Well-Known Member

    This is the only reason I bought the gun. Nice 4" 66's are still relatively easy to find, and I've had a 3" 66-2 in the safe for years. But, to find the exact model, in the same condition, as the one I walked out of the gun shop with over 36 years ago is indeed a rare find.

    According to the government's very much underestimating CPI index I paid (in FRN's) exactly what I did in 1975. In real money terms, I gave 1 oz. of gold for my first 66 and only 0.35 oz. for this one. I consider that a real bargain.

  15. WNC Seabee

    WNC Seabee Well-Known Member


    Gold as of 11/4 = $1754 * .35 = $613

    Seems a fair price given the condition.
  16. NoAlibi

    NoAlibi Well-Known Member

    Life Saver

    The S&W 66 was my carry gun when I was in Uniform Division. It has 3 for-sure and possibly 4 notches on the butt. Three defending my own life and one for saving the life of another LEO.

    I also put many, many thousands of wad cutters through mine because I also used it to practice for and use it in PPC competitions. Great gun - congrats.....Doc

    PS - My 66 is well worn, but I'd NEVER take $613 for it! Now if someone offered me a $1,000 for it I might be inclined to forget sentimentality! :D
  17. MIL-DOT

    MIL-DOT member

  18. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Well-Known Member

    Makes my 66 2 1/2" bbl. want a big brother
  19. Olympus

    Olympus Well-Known Member

    Nicely done! I agree about the gun shows. Just when I about give up hope, I find a little doozy. I picked up this 1975 no-dash 66 at a gun show two weekends ago for $500 cash! Now I need to add a 4" no-dash to my collection.


  20. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    I love stainless .357s and would love to get my hands on a S&W 66 with recessed chambers, stamped sideplate, pinned barrel and chromed trigger and hammer.

    But...if you can't have one of those, there's always the Rugers:


    The grips of the 4-inch and 2.75-inch barreled models can be rounded and
    the actions greatly improved.

    And I don't ever aim on selling my (unfired) 686 6-inch. This is one of the few models with stamped sideplate and chromed hammer and trigger! These very early models were designed to compete with the Colt Python. I don't know whether S&W has continued to further this fine tradition, but I hope they have.



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