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S&W Model 66 variations -- need info

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by rshields9093, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. rshields9093

    rshields9093 New Member

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    I have been trying to determine the salient differences between the variations of S&W model 66 revolvers. I have found examples of at least six different variations designated as 66-1 thru 66-6. Can anyone help me understand the history and evolution of this classic .357 revolver by Smith and Wesson?

    TIA,
    Robert
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    66 no dash - introduced 1970.
    66-1 - 1977, changed the gas ring from the yoke to the cylinder.
    66-2 - 1982, eliminated pinned and recessed, slightly lengthened cylinder.
    66-3 - 1986, new yoke retention system/radius stud package/hammer nose bushing/floating hand.
    66-4 - 1994, change rear sight leaf, drill and tap frame, introduce Hogue grips, change extractor.
    66-5 - 1998, change in frame design: eliminate cylinder stop stud/eliminate serrated tangs/change to MIM hammer with floating firing pin/change internal lockwork.
    66-6 - 2002, introduce internal lock.
    2005 - discontinued.
  3. redrick

    redrick New Member

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    I picked up my local trading post today and there is a pinned & recessed model 66 4" for 650 and a pinned & recessed 19 4" for 550, I think they are asking to much.
  4. Terry_P

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    Who isn't these days. BO is the biggest gun salesman since Clinton.
  5. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

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    Illinois gun sales up 35% since november. oh and stock up on the standard cap magazines i smell another attempt at limiting us to 10 rounders. a great chance to make an investment before the prices go nuts like last time.
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