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    Good handgun! That was my first concealed carry gun back a couple of decades ago. Just get a good holster.
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    The first firearm I bought myself was a S&W 66. Must of been one of the first batch. Had a bunch of Pa. State Troopers drooling over that baby!
    Sure wish I still had it.
    I would buy that old 66 in a second at $450 and do my own finish work. I'm guessing some dipstick used steel wool on it and you'll just have to use some non-metal abrasive to get it looking even better than new. I'd take that used 66 over a NIB version with that ugly lock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    ^^^^Please excuse my ignorance^^^^

    Either I am overlooking the obvious, or I surely don't know what P&R means
    I was thinking P&R = Pitted and Rusted
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    The S&W 66 is one of the best revolvers made. Carried one personally for many years, no regrets or issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    You can't go wrong with a Model 66 4-inch! A Model 66, if in good condition, would be well worth $500. There was a time, early in my shooting career when the Model 66 4-inch was harder to come by than the mighty Model 29 during the "Dirty Harry" years. Lawmen and agencies snapped them up faster than they could be produced. The shooting public was practically left out in the cold in acquiring one of these once extremely desirable revolvers and scalpers' prices were the order of the day with huge mark-ups, even on used examples. The other old geezers here on the Forum will remember.

    The 4-inch Model 66 is the most convenient .357 Magnum revolver that's ever been built for general belt holster use. The 4-inch also may be concealed in a nice high-rise holster, shoulder holster, and even inside-the-waistband with some thought and the right holster. The 4-inch Model 66 would be a top choice for home defense. A 4-inch barrel will extract a great deal of the performance capabilities out of powerful .357 Magnum ammunition.

    The Model 66 is not a large revolver but rather a medium-sized revolver. Only the 6-inch version might be a bit unwieldy for some applications.

    There's a 2-1/2 inch Model 66 and it's the very best concealable .357 Magnum revolver that has ever built.

    The stainless steel construction makes the Model 66 appealing to many who feel they need the additional corrosion resistance.

    The Model 19 offers the same K-Frame size convenience with the same barrel lengths but comes in blued steel or nickel. I wish Smith & Wesson had never discontinued the K-Frame Magnums. They make as much sense now as they did when Bill Jordan agitated for them back in 1955.



    I use this photo every so often to illustrate the various sizes of classic .357 Magnum revolvers that Smith & Wesson turned out. I like 'em all better than any of the new ones currently being produced. I particularly have no use for any small 5-shot J-Frame .357 Magnum revolver or similar sized .357 Magnum revolver models of other revolver makers but that's only personal opinion rearing its persnickety head.



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    Large N-Frame Model 27 6-inch, blue finish
    Medium(-ish) L-Frame Model 586 4-inch, blue finish
    Medium K-Frame Model 19 4-inch, nickel finish
    Medium K-Frame Model 66 2 1/2-inch round butt, stainless steel

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    I'm certainly no expert on S&W revolvers but I have been looking at prices a lot lately on various models lately, including the 66. $450 is a darn good price even with the pitting you described. The listings on Gunbroker now are crazy high. So, it is your sworn duty as a DC member to enter the S&W revolver fraternity NOW!!!
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    P&R = pretty and relished
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    Old Grunt...I wish I had that group of guns! Talking about a beautiful collection.

    Update on the 66-1 I was looking at. When I called back he was headed out the door to show someone else...they bought it. This was a case of just not knowing enough when I had it in my hand. That one smarted for a day or so. Next time though!!!!!!

    All the help and advise was appreciated...really. I do have a 642 jframe, just wanted to keep adding.

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    Awww...hate to hear that. But, it's certainly happened to all of us on occasion. I've always been good at spotting a "deal" at a large gun show like Market Hall in Dallas, saying that I need to see the rest of the show first, then going back to find it gone. Which isn't as bad as driving back to the show the next day after considering the "deal" overnight, only to find it's gone, which has also occurred.
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    Got a Sparks VMII on the way for mine. :)
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    To the OP, I'm really sorry to hear that. One's out there with your name on it, count on it
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    you missed out on a 66-1 for $450? Ouch.

    I just finished refurbing a Model 66-5 with a bad nickel finish for a friend of mine.
    A little Mothers Mag Polish will do wonders for stainless and nickel guns that have seen better days.
    I went into a state of mourning with S&W discontinued the Model 19 and 66. My most favorite
    of all self defense revolvers.
    Not to big.....not too small....just right.

    my SW 19-5 which was a used Police Range trade in....didn't look like it was fired at all. Made sometime around 1981 if
    memory is correct.

    this gun is NOT for sale as long as I am breathing.

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    Bring 'em back, Smith & Wesson! Ya hear that?!
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    Bring them back and without the lock.

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    I have to admit that one stung. Had it in my hand. Just was not sure SS could be buffed out. Now I know. Still looking but most are so expensive. Found a 66 original. Was a beauty but he wanted over 800 bucks. Found another but would not ship out of state. It was 500 no dashes either. Getting a bit frustrating. Considering a 686 new. Possibly a 3 inch with 7 round capacity. Still waiting on my turn...again.

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