S&W Model 66 variations -- need info

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  1. rshields9093

    rshields9093 New Member

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    Nov 30, 2008
    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

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    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

    67
    Nov 29, 2007
    Virginia
    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

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    NH
    Who isn't these days. BO is the biggest gun salesman since Clinton.
     
  5. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    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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