SOLD FOR: $1300.01
Model: Nylon 66 Apache Black, 66AB
Serial Number: 2520337
Year of Manufacture: 1975 (WZ Date Code)
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Semi-Auto Fed by Buttstock Mounted Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked with an inspection mark followed by “WZ 85”. The right side of the barrel is marked “R.E.P.” in an oval and an inspection mark. The top of the barrel is marked “Remington / .22 L.R. ONLY” behind the front sight. The bottom of the grip cap is marked “REMINGTON / NYLON / 66” and the left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 19 ½”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a square notched rear sight adjustable with a thumbscrew adjustment for elevation and a small screw for windage. The sight is fixed to a boss on the top of the barrel. The front sight is a tall post-style blade screwed to the barrel that has a raised square at the top of its rear face. The top of the receiver is grooved for a scope mount.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is black checkered nylon. The pistol grip and nose of the forend have black caps with white spacers and the butt has a black buttplate, with white spacer, marked “Remington” and with patent numbers. The forend has a black Schnabel tip with a white spacer and smooth black diamonds on both sides. There are some scattered little nicks, scuffs, draglines, and a few hairline scratches that are typical of a .22 plinker scattered over the stock. Some of the most noticeable wear is on the left side of the forend in front of the checkering and on the right side behind the checkering. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is intact and strong with a few lightly worn peaks. The LOP measures approximately 13 5/8” to the back of the buttplate. The serrated black plastic buttplate shows light wear at the heel and toe, with a few light handling marks. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Chrome with Black Nylon Trigger Guard
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few little spots of finish loss that have oxidized, the most noticeable are on the top of the receiver and on the top of the barrel at the front of the forend. There are a few tiny bubbles in the chrome, mostly on the top of the receiver. There are some swirl marks and draglines from use and storage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are strong with the exception of some of the proofs and inspection marks. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rifle has a safety mounted in the top of the wrist. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The Remington Nylon 66 was manufactured from 1959-1989. It was the first mass-produced rifle to feature a stock made from a material other than wood. For this reason, it was a huge gamble for Remington. The largely synthetic construction meant that the Nylon 66 could operate without any added lubricants and lead to great reliability in all climates. Some have speculated that the lightweight of the gun could potentially cause substandard accuracy in the field, but this does not seem to be a complaint from Nylon 66 shooters. This is a Remington Nylon 66 that was produced in 1981 and it has aged very well with little to no sign of use. One thing is for sure – this is one of the lightest rifles you will ever find. This will make anyone a great plinker, and is perfect for taking along on those long trips out into the field when you don’t want to carry a 12 pound varmint rifle. This is a great opportunity to pick up a really nice vintage plinking rifle that has been well preserved by a previous owner. For those who collect Remingtons this is a great add to the safe, the Apache Black model was made for quite a few years but Remington only produced about 220,000 making it rarer than the Mohawk Brown. This is a neat little .22 that is in about Fine condition and with proper care will be around for decades to come and will also be a solid addition to a Remington collection. Please see our photos and good luck!