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Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? #5398604 04/09/20 04:35 PM
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Ever since shooting my grandfather's Smith & Wesson .357 revolver I've always wanted to own a S&W revolver. I'm obsessed with the Model 66 in either polished or brushed nickel. Does S&W still manufacture the Model 66? Is there a newer alternative based off of the Model 66? I'm a casual shooter, so I could look at a used model, either vintage or late model. Any specific years or models to keep an eye out for?

Thanks all for your input! Here's basically what my grandfather's .357 looked liked, except this has polished nickel finish that I like.

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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398614 04/09/20 04:42 PM
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Have one of those it has a 3" barrel and its a Lew Horton ported. Sweet shooting gun.


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398641 04/09/20 05:01 PM
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S&W makes the nicest revolvers. The new stuff is good. Be picky about the old stuff some are just good others are great. I have a Mod 10 that works really good..


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398642 04/09/20 05:02 PM
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If Smith has an old version and a new version the answer is always old. I have a 2-1/2 inch 66. They don't make them like they use to.


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398651 04/09/20 05:09 PM
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The 66 and 19 (blued version) was discontinued in the late nineties but was reintroduced more recently with a slightly longer barrels than before.

Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398680 04/09/20 05:58 PM
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I always like older stuff in good shape, if you can find it.

Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398691 04/09/20 06:15 PM
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Go with a 686.


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: hatt] #5398712 04/09/20 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by hatt
If Smith has an old version and a new version the answer is always old. I have a 2-1/2 inch 66. They don't make them like they use to.


The old S&W guns are better made with tighter fit and finish. The lockhole is an abomination.

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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398725 04/09/20 07:05 PM
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An old 66, if slightly used, would be pretty great. Shoot .38 spl through it and enjoy.

Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398727 04/09/20 07:07 PM
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I'm kind of partial to the older stuff - partially because I think older stuff is just cooler (mostly purchasing this gun to collect it) but I also think there's something to be said for the way they made things back in the day. I'm going to check some local gun shops for anything. Does anyone use a good online source for purchasing used firearms? I really don't shop for guns much. Last gun I purchased was a SIG semi-auto at a local Home and Ranch store.


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Model 66's are all stainless. the earliest ones like you have pictured have the matching stainless rear sight. Newer ones (still old) have a black rear sight. Someone has polished the one pictured as well to give it a more nickel like appearance. Model 19 is the same gun except its either blued or nickle. Model 67 is the same gun but 38 special only. When it comes to S&W revolvers I only like pre-lock stuff, not that the new stuff is bad, I just hate the lock.


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The gun in the picture you posted is an N-frame. Correction, the 66 is a K-frame.

Other N-frames with a similar appearance are models: 27, 28, 29, and 629, with the 629 being a stainless .44 mag.

586s and 686s are similar looking L-frames, blue and stainless respectively.

The model 19 is an even smaller, yet still aesthetic also a K-frame.

With S&W revolvers the older manufactures are more more collectable and some would argue better quality. Do some quick research on what a "pinned and recessed" S&W is. Pinned and recessed Smiths are generally pre-1982 manufactures. If you pick a Smith up that's pinned and recessed, you may not know the exact year of its manufacture, but you at least know that you have a classic.

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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398740 04/09/20 07:36 PM
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Originally Posted by RonRonnster
I'm obsessed with the Model 66 in either polished or brushed nickel. Does S&W still manufacture the Model 66?
Is there a newer alternative based off of the Model 66? I'm a casual shooter, so I could look at a used model, either vintage or late model. Any specific years or models to keep an eye out for?

Thanks all for your input! Here's basically what my grandfather's .357 looked liked, except this has polished nickel finish that I like.



Yes they still make the model 66. It is stainless steel.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-66
The model 19 is the same K frame and was available in blue or nickle.
http://www.smith-wesson.com/firearms/model-19-classic

The S&W K frame was designed for the 38 special, later was used for the 357 magnum.


Later they introduces a slightly larger L frame, it would be a model 586 in blue or 686 in stainless.


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398755 04/09/20 08:06 PM
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A friend of mine has a 66 that was from his dad when he was the town cop. It is a nice fitting gun in my large hands. I want to have one of my own but only ever see the rubber grip ones.


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Re: Smith & Wesson Model 66 - Old or New? [Re: RonRonnster] #5398756 04/09/20 08:08 PM
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The older (non-lock) 66s are not going to be found for cheap unless they are shot loose, banged up or have a cracked forcing cone. The current production 66 has a 4.2” barrel, tensioned barrel and internal lock. Purists don’t care for the new guns because they are different, but they do come with a lifetime service policy so if it’s not a good specimen then S&W will fix it for you.

The new iteration of the 66 has a different forcing cone than the old one so there’s less of a chance of cracking. Because it’s built on the 38 (K) frame it’s lighter and handier than the L frame 686. If you plan to shoot mostly 38 special with only occasional 357 then the 66 would be my choice. If you want to shoot a lot of full power magnums then consider a 686. You can get a seven shot version of it as well.

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