Great Opportunity..What Do You Think?

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    Great Opportunity..What Do You Think?

    So I recently came upon the opportunity to purchase a gently used Smith and Wesson Model 66 .357 magnum revolver. The revolver itself seems to be in spectacular shape and the seller is offering a wide array of extras with it (3 good quality speedloaders, a gun belt, and a holster). He only wants 300 + shipping (25 smackers) for the whole deal.

    Can anyone tell me what you think of this deal?

    Should I bite and go for it?

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    Well I'll be the first to jump in..."if is seem's to be too good to be true..." I get the impression you haven't been able to inspect in person? Have you seen pictures. $300 for this weapon, especially in the shape you're reporting, is incredibly low but then I'm not an expert. others will be along shortly but It boils down to how reliable you think the seller is. I'd be nervous about such a deal from an internet stranger and a simple picture...but wow what a deal if its for real...

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    The Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson lists the NIB price at $375.00, excellent condition price at $285.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gideon View Post
    Well I'll be the first to jump in..."if is seem's to be too good to be true..." I get the impression you haven't been able to inspect in person? Have you seen pictures. $300 for this weapon, especially in the shape you're reporting, is incredibly low but then I'm not an expert. others will be along shortly but It boils down to how reliable you think the seller is. I'd be nervous about such a deal from an internet stranger and a simple picture...but wow what a deal if its for real...

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    Yes, I have seen pictures, and to the best of my knowledge the gun seems in excellent condition.

    The seller seems trustworthy and is from my home state, he is quick to admit the few blemishes the firearm has (grips are very slightly worn and a little bit of discoloration on the inside of the cylinder). He also has a decent reputation amongst previous buyers.

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    Is it a gun with Pinned BBL and recessed chambers? stainless front sight with no red ramp or with red ramp? 4 in... 2 1/2 round butt...inch 6inch? Just curious.............. either way that 300.00 deal is real good..............250.00 is better though
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    Fair price

    The $300 price seems fair to me, and is exactly what I paid for a model 66-3 earlier this year, with a 2.5 inch barrel. I believe the barrel length, which you didn't mention, is important. The 2.5 inchers tend to go for more than the 4 or 6 inchers. And of course the condition of the gun is all important.

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    It would be prudent to check the weapon first. Check timing & signs of wear.

    I carried a 66 for years & now my father carries it. Very good weapon.
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    I did not notice a ref to barrel length or ''dash'' number so - wondering what vintage this is.

    Certainly tho a check on timing and lock-up would be useful first hand if possible, but in good shape, say 95% or better then the price would be worth it, taking the extras into consideration too.

    Other thing is - if seller has good rep then if you were not satisfied a return should be possible.
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    "So I recently came upon the opportunity to purchase a gently used Smith and Wesson Model 66 .357 magnum revolver."

    Gently used? His words or yours? Sound commercial like. LOL. Like "used butt of gun to gently drive nails into a board". Proceed with caution. I agree with another post-er, revolver timing is important.
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    WOW, sounds great to me. I have been offered more than that for my 66 while I was at the range.
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    4" barrel

    I'm not going to buy it. I can't really afford it right now as I'm being skimped out of a check by a company.

    It's a great deal, but I gotta eat.
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