Gun show Purchase - need help ! ??
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May 28th, 2005 10:34 PM
Gun show Purchase - need help ! ??
This weekend is Gunshow Weekend in Ft Worth (plus the Grand Opening Of Cabelas). Anyway, I went with the intention of locating a 696, or a Colt Magnum Carry, or a Smith 66-1. The only 696 in the show was $975.00, and much too large for my little dainty hands. There were no Magnum Carry's there. I did luck out and find a pristine 2 1/2 " Smith 66-1 from an individual. It showed very little use, a little dirty, obviously fired, but very slight cylinder pecker-tracks. I would rate it a 98%+. My problem is, I was under the impression that the -1 configeration of this weapon had a pinned barrel. This weapon has the hammer-mounted firing pin and the recessed cylinder, but no barrel pin. It also has a red front sight insert. The SW Logo is not the large one shown on some photos on the right side, but a small logo on the left side below the cylinder release lever. The S/N's match. How many configurations of the 66-1 did they have before they went to the -2 ? It had a new, unused Pack rubber grip, still in the box. The price, out the door was $300.00. I bought it. Did I get hillaried ????
May 28th, 2005 11:13 PM
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According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson (by Supica & Hahas), the pinned barrel was eliminated in 1982 & designated Model 66-2. Revolvers marked 66-1 should have pinned barrels. Sounds like you might have an oddity there.
Price sounds fair to me. I'd say you got a good deal.
Almost forgot, the 66-1 was introduced in 1977, according to the book.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
May 29th, 2005 09:47 PM
Your gun was a tranistion model..right between the changes that were made........the recessed chambers are VERY desirable........Try to find a set of Smith K frame Round Butt stocks.. (the small wood ones) to make it original. Did it have a box? (dark blue and silver enhancments?) The gun may have been made 1980.to 81.. I was going to say, that if it had NO Red ramp... it was a real early 66.... For 300.00 you got a steal!!
I LOVE hearing of those who got the better end of the transaction!! GOOD DEAL YA GOT THERE!!!
May 29th, 2005 10:47 PM
Thanks for the replies. It does appear to be a transition configuration. It has the small Smith grips (probably why the previous owner had a set of Packmyers) with it. Any reason why Smith converted over from pinned barrels ? What's the advantage ? I do wish it had the large Smith Logo on the right side. I also like to see someone get a good deal at a gun show, lord knows I've been had enough times (like shoe polish covering blue), but it is delightful to get to a dealer. My purchase was from a real person, but we both walked away happy, and that's what matters. This is one sexy firearm, just like the 686 is to the L frame. Like comparing Boxer to klinton ???
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