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 What is a S&W 66-2?
qwertie  [Member]
1/10/2010 12:22:53 PM EST
I have seen a 66-2 and love the look, I want more info. However I have found nothing on S&W's website concerning the 66-2. Can you shed some light please?

Photo taken from another member
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dano357  [Member]
1/10/2010 12:34:00 PM EST
The 66-2 was made from 82-85. The big difference between a model 66-1 vs a 66-2 is the 66-1 is pinned and recessed. S&W stopped pinning the barrels of their guns and recessing the cylinders of their magnums in 1982. You'll also notice that they moved the S&W logo from the right side of the gun on the 66-1, to the left side on the 66-2.
Specifications

Caliber: .357 Magnum®/.38 S&W Special +P
Capacity: 6 Rounds
Barrel Length: 2-1/2"
Front Sight: Red Ramp
Rear Sight: Adjustable Black
Firing System: N/A
Grip: Uncle Mike's Rubber
Trigger: .312" Smooth Combat
Hammer: .375" Target
External Safety: N/A
Frame: Medium
Finish: Satin Stainless
Overall length: 7-1/2"
Material: Stainless Steel
Weight Empty: 32 ounces

http://hunting.about.com/od/guns/ss/s_wmodel66stainless357magnumrevolver.htm

check out link

qwertie  [Member]
1/10/2010 12:37:39 PM EST
Thanks a million.

Also, which gun has replaced this model? There are so many S&W's that it's hard to keep up
dano357  [Member]
1/10/2010 1:08:57 PM EST
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_19

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_11_52/ai_n16741427/?tag=rbxcra.2.a.55

try these links
P08  [Team Member]
1/10/2010 1:37:59 PM EST
I believe the 586, 686 replaced the M19 and 66.
Lancair  [Member]
1/10/2010 3:53:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By P08:
I believe the 586, 686 replaced the M19 and 66.


Not exactly true - the *86 and the 66 were both marketed by S&W for a while - I think there were even some 66s with the lock.

Basically, Smith and Wesson first made the .357 only in the N-Frame (Model 27 and 28). Cops and the like wanted a lighter gun for carry, so with some metallurgical skullduggery, the smart guys at S&W put the .357 in the K-Frame (Model 10 et al) hence creating the M19/66 or the Combat Magnum.

Some will say you shouldn't shoot many .357s in your 19/66. Not necessarily true. Shooting very fast 125-grain .357 loads in a K-Frame will flame-cut it, but shooting regular 158-grain .357 loads will do no harm to it.
machinisttx  [Team Member]
1/10/2010 4:34:28 PM EST
There is no "replacement" for either the M19 or the M66. Also, as far as I know, the 66 was never defiled with that damned lock. The closest thing to the 66 at present is the 620, which is an L frame, but does not have the balance destroying full length underlug barrel of the 686.

If you want a 66, you'll have to buy used. Stay away from 125 grain or lighter magnum loads, as they will cause more erosion and flame cutting, along with eventually cracking the forcing cone/barrel breech.
HUMONGO  [Team Member]
1/10/2010 5:04:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By qwertie:
I have seen a 66-2 and love the look, I want more info. However I have found nothing on S&W's website concerning the 66-2. Can you shed some light please?

Photo taken from another member
http://www.jdlawhon.com/wheelguns/sw66-207m.jpg


Damn, that is a work of art!

I really want a 3 inch.
dfariswheel  [Member]
1/11/2010 11:19:35 AM EST
Qwertie, I think there may be a misunderstanding here.

The gun you pictured is a S&W Model 66, version 2, commonly called a "dash number".
Whenever S&W makes a design change to a model, they add a version or dash number to the model stamp to indicate the change.

The gun pictured is a Model 66-2, BUT... the actual gun pictured is a rare, limited production 3" barreled model.
S&W made a few very limited runs of the S&W Model 66 with a 3" barrel in dash 2, 3, and 4 versions back in the 1980's and early 90's.
Most Model 66 revolvers had 2 1/2" 4" and 6" barrels. The 3" guns are very rare.

These very rare, limited production models are hard to find and prices are high when you do manage to find one.
Mine is a Dash-3 and was a run of 2500 guns made in the late 80's for Ashland Shooter's Supply and RSR, both big distributors.








Lancair  [Member]
1/11/2010 4:00:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By machinisttx:
There is no "replacement" for either the M19 or the M66. Also, as far as I know, the 66 was never defiled with that damned lock. The closest thing to the 66 at present is the 620, which is an L frame, but does not have the balance destroying full length underlug barrel of the 686.

If you want a 66, you'll have to buy used. Stay away from 125 grain or lighter magnum loads, as they will cause more erosion and flame cutting, along with eventually cracking the forcing cone/barrel breech.


Ah yes. The last generation of the 66 had MIM parts, not the lock.

I wish the 620 came with a six round cylinder. I just don't like seven-shooters for some reason...
rychencop  [Team Member]
1/14/2010 2:55:28 PM EST
i love my 66-1

Bulldawg  [Team Member]
1/15/2010 2:22:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By HUMONGO:
Originally Posted By qwertie:
I have seen a 66-2 and love the look, I want more info. However I have found nothing on S&W's website concerning the 66-2. Can you shed some light please?

Photo taken from another member
http://www.jdlawhon.com/wheelguns/sw66-207m.jpg


Damn, that is a work of art!

I really want a 3 inch.


Too late, I already sold it.

Seriously... the pic is mine. While they're nice and well-built, I just can't get into K-Frames. Much prefer my 3" GP100 over the 3" 66.

Some with a keen eye may notice that I had that gun lightly bead blasted, essentially killing any collector value.
JohnRippert  [Team Member]
1/15/2010 3:55:35 PM EST

"While they're nice and well-built, I just can't get into K-Frames. Much prefer my 3" GP100 over the 3" 66."


Cool. More K-frames for me.

I do like my Six-Series Rugers but K-frames are just so right, especially 4in barreled.
yobo  [Member]
1/19/2010 12:39:12 PM EST
This is my 66-2.
I love "K" frame S&W revolvers.

SrBenelli  [Team Member]
1/20/2010 4:06:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By rychencop:
i love my 66-1

http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3673/img0489gi.jpg


Nice example of a "late" 66-1. Your cylinder is recessed, but your barrel isn't pinned. The 66-2 eliminated BOTH of those features.

SrBenelli  [Team Member]
1/20/2010 4:11:06 AM EST
Here's my 66-1:



....and my 66-2, a "Nassau County, NY Police Commemorative":

Rcd567  [Team Member]
1/20/2010 5:52:27 AM EST
Here is mine. I had one, sold it and regretted it. Had to find a replacement. 66-2 in 3 inch. 2500 ever made.


I've shot the Ruger, but prefer the Smith & Wesson. I've since put different grips on the gun as I shoot this gun and carry it around alot. The three inch barrel (to me) is perfect. Full length ejector rod equals positive ejection of spent casings. 2 /12" versions have the smaller rod and suffer some fumbling in getting the cylinder empty. The 66 has a small enough frame so that it carries easily. Also the 66 was THE police gun to have when I got into Law Enforcement back in the day.
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