SOLD FOR: $2745
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 66-1, The .357 Combat Magnum Stainless, Class B Factory Engraved
Serial Number: 96K9971
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Action Type: 6-Shot Double-Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Barrel Length: 2 1/2”, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade with a red insert set on a serrated elevated base that is integral to the rib, which is serrated for glare reduction. The rear sight is a square-notched S&W micrometer sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are smooth wood magna style stocks with S&W medallions. There are some scattered light handling marks. The grips rate about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is strong. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few minor scuffs and draglines typical of stainless guns. There is a faint turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp to lightly used. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lockup produces minimal 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 serial matching box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Model 66 is, essentially, a stainless steel version of the model 19. This example, with its 2 1/2? barrel and adjustable sights, gives the Model 19’s balance precision and power while being carry friendly and also makes it more corrosion resistant and appealing to those who prefer the look of stainless steel. The K-Frame revolver is one of the most important innovations in Smith & Wesson history, firearms history for that matter, and was built specifically to handle the .38 S&W Special cartridge. Since its introduction in 1899, the K-Frame has been a favorite for military and police professionals as well as target shooters and enthusiasts. Today’s K-Frame is available in .22 LR, .22 WMR, .357 Magnum and .38 S&W Special. Millions have been produced and they are known to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. Perhaps the “K” stands for King, because in terms of revolvers that is what the K-Frame is…royalty.
This Model 66 is a true beauty, it is adorned with Class B factory engraving. Interestingly it has an October 1981 blued factory refinish mark on the grip frame “1081” followed by “R-B” in a box. Being that the gun is stainless and won’t accept a blued finish and that the date is from the same year as the year of manufacture, it is likely this is just how they marked guns selected for engraving. We attempted to letter the gun but Smith & Wesson said that they don’t have any records for this serial number and refused to charge us for a letter. No matter the case, this is a beautifully engraved gun on a classic model from one of the best-known names in firearms, it will enhance any collection lucky enough to have it. Please see our photos and good luck!
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