SOLD FOR: $1003
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 66, The .357 Combat Magnum Stainless
Serial Number: 7K71896
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “S.&W. 357 MAGNUM”. The crane cut is marked with the model number and serial number “7K71896 / MOD. 66”. The crane is marked with inspection marks. The right sideplate has the S&W monogram logo. The right side of the frame, below the cylinder, is marked with the four-line marcas registradas address. The rear of the cylinder is stamped with a “V”. Both sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The ejector cutout of the underlug is marked “S”. The butt is marked “7K71896”.
Barrel Length: 4”, Pinned with shrouded ejector rod and solid, serrated rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a ramped blade with a translucent pink insert, it is set on a serrated elevated base that is integral to the rib, which is serrated for glare reduction. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer click, flat top, white outlined square notched leaf that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered Goncalo Alves target stocks with a speedloader cut and S&W medallions. There are some light handling marks. There is a small gap visible at the bottom front corner. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. Overall, the grips are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some swirl marks and light streaks from use and storage. There are some scattered scuffs, some have caused smooth spots. Some of the most noticeable scuffs are on the cylinder and on the barrel towards the front. There are a few dings on the barrel at the front. There are a few nicks and dings on the grip frame. There are a couple of minor hairline scratches, mostly on the sideplate. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly worn with strong slots. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel is pinned and the chambers are recessed. The lockup produces minor side-to-side movement. The double action is smooth and the single action is crisp. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a non-original S&W box and a manual.
Our Assessment: The Model 66 is, essentially, a stainless steel version of the Model 19. This example, with its pinned 4? barrel and adjustable sights gives the Model 19’s balance of size, precision, and power and also makes it more corrosion resistant and appealing to those who prefer the look of stainless steel. This one has seen light use and has a great bore and mechanics, it ought to make for a fine recreational or defensive wheel gun for one lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!