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Help On A No-Dash 66

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Olympus, Oct 29, 2011.

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  1. Olympus

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    I'm at a gun show and the guy behind me has a 2.5" Model 66 no-dash. Gun is in 95% condition. The guy is a friend who helped me get my start in the grip making business. He has $575 on the gun but says he would sell to me for $500.

    Only question is the gun has MPD stamped on the left panel of the gun and a few numbers. He says it's an old Memphis Police Department gun. How bad does this hurt the value of the gun? Should I buy or should I pass? Need help before someone else buys it.

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  2. Chindo18Z

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    Buy it for $500. Practically speaking, police markings don't significantly affect used pre-lock pinned & recessed Smiths (unless you are specifically collecting LNIB/NIB specimens).

    There are literally hundreds of thousands of police marked revolvers on the market.

    I've got the same no-dash version. I'd snap that one up for the price.

    Good luck.

    Edit to Add: If he's a friend that doesn't take offense at haggling, offer $450!
     
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  3. DAdams

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    That's about market value and although not a steal it's worth that and better yet if you can get it any lower. Those are great shooters and carry guns. If you are buying it to resell you might make $25-50 on the right buyer.
     
  4. Olympus

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    Thanks for the info. I already have one no-dash 66 and it seems they are selling for a premium. I just have never ran across a no-dash 66 with the police markings.
     
  5. Olympus

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    Okay, I bought the gun and got it home last night and took it apart and gave it a thorough cleaning and oiling. I also took some Flitz and gave it a good polishing. It was very dirty and I was amazed at how clean it came out looking. I took the Uncle Mike's grips off and swapped them for some cocobolo Ahrend's that I had and that also helped with the looks. The trigger is super slick and light. The gun looks like it hasn't been fired much at all. I'm VERY happy that I didn't let this one get away now. Here are some pictures of the gun all cleaned up and also some shots with my other no-dash 66. I LOVE these guns!

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  6. gamestalker

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    I have a 10-5 that is also an old PD service revolver that has some number's stamped into the left side. But so far as that no dash 66, I would buy it for $500 if it is still tight and looking fairly good, no deep scratches or dings on the crown.
    I have two 66's, one 66-2 and a 66-5 and both are super nice pieces. I bought the 66-2 back in 1980 somthing for $175, and the 66-5 was $450 5 years ago.
     
  7. BYJO4

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    Great looking gun. You did a fine job cleaning it up and the grips are perfect for it.
     
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    Outstanding pair Olympus!

    2 1/2 M66s are my favorite revolvers. Got several myself.

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